Contrary to wine-producing countries in the Northern hemisphere, the harvest period in South Africa takes place during Ireland’s springtime.  Regardless of the hemisphere there are of course mostly similarities.  In South Africa, the main difference is that there is more hand picking of the grapes than in other countries.  This leads in general to a better quality wine than machine picked grapes as there is better quality control and the selection process is more thorough.  Also there is less damage to the grapes when they are picked by hand.  And this is definitely starting to be recognised internationally. In general, sparkling wine grapes are harvested first (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) to ensure lower sugar levels. Next, most of the white wine grapes are picked.  Then, red wine grapes as they…