I’m not saying that South Africa has missed being able to order wine, but here are guys from Getwine (you may remember them from these posts) with the orders that they are sorting ready for delivery once the Level 3 lockdown comes into force on Monday:
As many people commented: “mine is in there somewhere”.
I actually ordered 3 weeks ago, but I’m not expecting them to be knocking on my door at 8am on Monday morning. (Or, looking at this, maybe any time in June…) [sad trombone]
The SA wine industry has been roundly shafted by nonsensical Government regulations since the Covid-19 outbreak began. First of all there is the ban on alcohol sales in South Africa itself – which is still ongoing. Added to that was the fact that for the first couple of weeks, winemakers weren’t even allowed to go into the wineries. Thankfully the harvest went ahead, but then there was a ban on transport and export of wines, which has only just been lifted.
The South African wine industry is “in freefall”, losing millions a week since the lockdown began, and commentators at all levels have excoriated the government for its handling of the crisis.
According to some sources the industry has lost ZAR650m (£27m) since late March. Wines of South Africa puts the figure in lost exports at R175m (£7.49m) a week.
And that why wine producers around the world are pulling together and supporting an initiative by trade body Wines of South Africa (WOSA) with a new social media campaign to show solidarity with the country’s winemakers.
#SpectacularSouthAfrica encourages trade and consumers alike to open a bottle of South African wine on Friday 22 May to support the country’s embattled wineries.
To get involved in the campaign, share a photo of yourself on social media enjoying a bottle of South African wine on Friday 22 May, tagging #SpectacularSouthAfrica.
I don’t do social media campaigns often, but I’ll certainly be doing this one. And I’d encourage you to do the same, please: wherever in the world you may be.
My orders for local wine have been sitting at the appropriate distributors just waiting for governmental permission before they can be released, but fortunately, The Stash is still in decent enough shape that I can support this. Even if it wasn’t, I’d certainly make a plan.
And let’s face it: there must be many worse ways in which you could help out a struggling industry. You will enjoy this one.
I’m not blogging today. Fortunately, knowing yesterday that I wasn’t blogging today meant that I could write this yesterday for today.
Days like tomorrow… er… today were made for relaxing and drinking wine at wine farms, and that is what I fully intend to do. The weather could be better, but you can’t actually have everything and wine, a wine farm and a family will do very nicely in lieu of some sunshine, thank you very much.
Yes, the week (it was actually 6 days) of being good is over and I have lost 1.7kg by just exercising a little more and eating and drinking a little less*. It’s really not that difficult, and if you think you have to buy an overpriced cookbook based on dodgy science and suffer by not enjoying nice things like chips, bread, and chip butties, then you’re sadly mistaken.
Just be a bit better than you were being and then reap the rewards the following Saturday.
Just like what I am doing. Expect photographs… soon.
I know that some people don’t consider South Africa’s own cultivar –Pinotage – to be “real wine”, but I have to say that I have done some rudimentary research and as far as I’m concerned it ticks enough of the boxes to be real wine, because it is:
an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice.
Yeah, there was one box and they got it.
It’s not my favourite red: a decent Bordeaux blend or a nice Shiraz gets top spot there. However, I have been sampling some Uitkyk (basically pronounced “Ate Cake”, for you forrenurs) Pinotage from 2015 and it’s really rather good.
In fact, I was instantly transported to picking wild blackberries up the Scholaby Road in Colby on Isle of Man with my very first mouthful. Incredibly evocative and ever so specific.
Uitkyk also do a really good brandy, which instantly transports me away from reality from time to time, as and when required.