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No show for South African wine at Vinexpo

Published:  23 July, 2008

French customs impound the country's wines for two days forcing scores of wine producers to miss the world's largest wine fair.

In 2003 the air conditioning broke down during a heatwave. It made it impossible for new world winemakers, housed together in a temporary area, to do business.

"We know this is nothing to do with Vinexpo, but it is just sad this has happened," she said. "I don't even know who to blame."

The cost of attending the show this year was almost US$300,000 (151,139) WOSA said, taking into account the cost of the stand, accommodation for 45 people, flights, and the cost of sending the wine samples.

What is not possible however is to estimate the lost business.

The reasons for the wines being impounded were down to a missing Accompanying Administration Document (AAD).

A French Custom's spokesperson said that until one was presented, the wine would be impounded.