There are five main production regions in South Africa. The grape harvest commences in the earliest region and then moves southward in a set order as crop development progresses. The earliest production region is in the Northern provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo where the harvest starts in November. This is followed by harvesting along the lower Orange River in the Northern Cape from late November and then this moves on to the Olifants River Valley where harvesting starts in mid-December. The last two regions are the Berg River and Hex River production regions where harvesting starts in late December. The latest production region is the Hex River Valley, where harvesting continues until mid-April.
Table grapes are primarily consumed fresh as a fruit or used in salads or served with cheese platters. Grapes are an excellent source of Vitamins C and K as well as several other vitamins and nutrients. Grapes are rich in antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids as well as dietary fibre.
South Africa has become a major player in the world's wine industry and produces a range of wines, from light table wines and full-bodied red wines to Methode Champenoise and Port-wine style wines