These drinks have become a lot more expensive in South Africa over the last year

StatsSA has released a new report on South Africa’s favourite drinks, showing beer to be the clear winner, taking up over a third of household spending on beverages, followed by fizzy drinks and spirit coolers.

The report shows that wine takes up 7.2% of total household expenditure on alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. This places wine in fourth place as the most popular beverage.

And  South Africans seem to prefer red (3.9%) to white (3.2%).

Whisky follows wine in fifth place, while coffee is tied with tea, taking up 5.6% of household spending on drinks in sixth.

StatsSA’s data shows that wine is most expensive in the Western Cape, with average price of a 750 ml bottle of red wine priced at R88.50 in the province – higher than the national average of R64.38.

Western Cape is also the most expensive in terms of white wine (R70.44 for a bottle), while KwaZulu-Natal is the second most expensive province for both red and white varieties.

Wine is notably cheaper in other provinces, with prices below the national average in Gauteng, the North West and the Eastern Cape.

Looking at national inflation data, red and white wine prices have risen over the last 12 months, but not as much as fizzy drinks and rooibos tea.

According to StatsSA, you are paying on average 8.6% more for a bottle of red wine than you did a year ago. White wine prices have risen by 9%.

“Rooibos drinkers, in particular, have had a rough time, with prices for the tea jumping by 17,9% in the twelve months to April, “Stats SA said.

“The rooibos industry is currently recovering from a four-year drought that has constrained supply, contributing to the rise in prices.”


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These drinks have become a lot more expensive in South Africa over the last year