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Old Vine Project update

By , 3 June 2022

The Old Vine Project recently held a workshop, manager Andre Morgenthal providing details of progress to date.

Founded as a non-profit company in 2016, the Certified Heritage Vineyard seal was launched in 2018 and there are now over 130 members.

Vineyards have to be 35 years or older to qualify as old vines and the total area registered by SAWIS has grown from 2 952ha in 2016 to 4 004ha in 2021, the equivalent of 4.4% of South Africa’s plantings.

In terms of area per variety, most old vines are Chenin Blanc making up 51.8% followed by Sauvignon Blanc at 10.7% and Colombar at 9.4%.

Stellenbosch has the most old vines with 958ha followed by Swartland with 778ha and Paarl with 483ha.

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