oa Journal of Contemporary Management - Impact of climate change and extreme weather conditions on wine growing within the Stellenbosch region

Volume 16 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1815-7440



The main wine producing region of South Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impact of extreme weather events and climate change. Any shift in weather patterns impacts on grape quality and poses challenges for the process of turning grapes into wine, and may ultimately impact on the final quality of the wine that is produced.

This article explores the impact of extreme weather conditions and ultimately climate change on wine growing regions in South Africa and suggests ways of managing such change. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with ten participants at five wine producing estates within the Stellenbosch region. Two key findings are that the extreme heat over a number of growing seasons has impacted on the length of the grape growing cycle and a prolonged drought has negatively impacted on the grape yield of the farmers.

Even though many studies have been conducted on the wine industry, little research has previously been conducted into the impact of climate change and extreme weather conditions on wine growing regions in South Africa. This research therefore fills a research gap. The article also makes a practical contribution by indicating how producers in the South African wine industry may take appropriate management steps to adjust to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather conditions.

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