If tensions between Australia and China escalate beyond sabre rattling and result in trade policy changes, South African wine exports could stand to benefit, albeit off a tiny base.

Speaking from Shanghai, Marcus Ford, Asia market manager for Wines of SA (WoSA), a nonprofit organisation that promotes the export of South African wines globally, says: "The key message is watch this space. There is an opportunity for growth even without the Australian situation, but with the Australian situation there is an opportunity for more growth...

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