Sales of boxed wine in SA have, for the first time, exceeded wine sold in bottles. This is matched by boxed wine sales all over the globe with countries like France –nog!- showing an increase of 43% in boxed sales, the US by 53% and Canada 77%. The reasons are probably many and varied but a lot of it has to do with the pandemic and that people do not want to go to traditional liquor outlets as often as they did in the past. Another thing—not to be overlooked—is that the quality of wine available in boxes has steadily increased to the level that, for every day drinking, it is a quick and easy way to go about things. Let us not overlook the financial edge that boxed wine has over bottles with packaging and cartage costs being much lower. The average “extra” that one finds in a box compared to the exact same in bottles is around 500mkls—not to be sneezed at. Do the math.

Premier Chardonnay producer De Wetshof


Here in SA some of the top producers are getting on board and putting some of their premium wines in 2lt boxes. I am assured that the wine is EXACTLY the same wine as is available in bottles. One of the cons put forward by critics is that the boxed wine has a bubble of air in the container which can lead to a change in taste, but do bear in mind so does a bottle. Isn’t that a gap of air I see in the bottle between the surface of the wine and the cork or –quelle horreur- screw cap?  The other thing is that one cannot age wines in boxes. That is of course true—so if you want to age your wines—buy bottles. I am interested in tonight, not ten years’ time. Personally I would love it if one could get Champagne in boxes but—sigh—that is not to be. Can you imagine all those exploded boxes all over the liquor store floors?

So search these out and enjoy—-they are for drinking soon—my favourite.

Diemersdal -Home of fabulous Sauvignon Blancs

The tasting room at Spier