Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

Revealed: Where wine is cheapest – and most expensive – in South Africa

cheapest wine south africaA good wine in South Africa doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. Well, perhaps in some places it does. Here’s what the good stuff costs across the country.

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There’s nothing quite like a vintage South African brand of plonk, is there? Whether it’s red or white, we always get it right. Even our sparkling brands are world-beaters, and it’s a real source of national pride. However, although we are united by our achievements, we’re divided by price.

Wine doesn’t grow on trees, you know. Only vines. That means that forking out for a bottle of the good stuff can cost a pretty penny. But, depending on where you are in the country, you can get a better deal based purely on location.

Data released by StatsSA just after National Wine Day on Saturday has painted the complete picture for Mzansi’s wine consumers. You probably have an idea who’s going to come out as the most expensive, but for those of you still in the lurch, this is what you need to know:

Cheapest and most expensive in South Africa

Province Bottle of red wine
(average price)
Rank Bottle of white wine
(average price)
W. Cape R88.50 1 R70.44 1
KZN R87.95 2 R67.23 2
Gauteng R59.98 3 R47.53 8
North West R59.85 4 R47.62 7
Free State R58.58 5 R44.87 9
N. Cape R57.63 6 R52.92 3
M’langa R53.08 7 R47.99 6
E. Cape R52.64 8 R51.44 4
Limpopo R50.77 9 R51 5

Price of wine in the Western Cape

Yes, the Western Cape does indeed take the dubious honour of topping both the red and white wine price lists. The province is famous for its upmarket blends and daring combinations, created in its majestic valleys and Winelands. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl might as well be the capital cities of their trade.

But when you pay for quality, it doesn’t come cheap. Despite being the biggest producers, there’s a prestige that comes with those well-pressed grapes from the Cape. It’s just a shame the south-west can’t take a leaf out of the respective books of Limpopo and Free State.

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Avergae cost of white wine in South Africa

In Limpopo, red wine is at its cheapest in South Africa. You barely have to break a R50 note for a decent bottle. Meanwhile, Free State dips below the R45 mark on the white market – coming in at almost 1/3 the price of a corresponding bottle in the Western Cape.

The national average for red wine works out to be R64.38. The Cape and KZN are responsible for inflating that price, as they are the only provinces above this threshold. The story is the same for white wine, too: The connoisseurs at opposite ends of the country are the only ones to surpass R55.49, bringing the median up for everyone else.

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