How to help the wine industry

How to help wine farms during lockdown

By Renate Engelbrecht

Fri, Jul 02

The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting South Africa’s wine industry since the first days of lockdown. Now, as we’ve entered yet another phase of frustration, South African wine farms, their staff and the families they support need our help more than ever.

Here are some ways in which you can help the wine industry

Deetlefs Wine Estate

You can receive 20% discount and FREE delivery in South Africa when you order your favourite Deetlefs wine today with the voucher code: SuitcaseAndChardonnay. Delivery will take place as soon as the current restrictions have been lifted and the voucher is valid until 31 December 2021. Click on the image below to shop online.

Deetlefs Wine Estate, situated in the picturesque Breedekloof (Rawsonville), is the 2nd oldest wine estate in South Africa under ownership of the same family, established in 1822 and will celebrate their 200 years of existence in 2022.

LOST BOY

Winemaker, Trevor DeRuisé says even online sales are struggling and he has put together a virtual tasting for as soon as the alcohol ban is lifted. The RSVPs to this event help him take care of himself and his people.

My goal with these events is to keep the cost at an absolute minimum to share my wines and story with as many as possible.

– Trevor DeRuisé

The kits for the virtual tasting include 5 x 150ml bottles of LOST BOY wine and are designed for couples to enjoy together as each bottle provides plenty of wine for two. The kits also come with some more information on LOST BOY – they story behind the brand, the wines and more. And, as Trevor wants to give you a glimpse of the area and the vineyards he currently calls home, you’ll also receive a small, handcrafted bouquet of fynbos currently in bloom. Quite a special kit, I’d say, and that at a mere R350 for two people (excluding courier costs). Imagine doing this virtual tasting with a couple of friends? You can even ask for the kits to all be delivered at one address, which will help you save on the courier costs. Book you virtual tasting and LOST BOY tasting kit here.

READ MORE ABOUT TREVOR AND HIS LOST BOY WINES HERE

Steenberg Vineyards

Marketing Manager, Heather Poulos says: “Fortunately we have an online shop that is well established, as well as a wine club of loyal wine enthusiasts who continue to support us through yet another ban on the sale of our much loved wines. The impact it has on the industry, the lives it hurts and the momentum that is lost in the wine industry is devastating, but I am so privileged to lead a team that has the creativity, enthusiasm and passion to rise above this. We implore all wine enthusiasts to continue to buy wine online to support the industry through this very trying time.”

If you’re not familiar with Steenberg’s wines, they have a wonderful selection of carefully crafted mixed cases available to buy online. “One can discover more about the wines being tasted through a QR code that links to insightful short videos by the Steenberg team, allowing you to experience a tasting in the comfort of your own home,” says Poulos.

Steenberg Vineyards’ wines can be ordered online here, and will be dispatched as soon as the alcohol ban is lifted.

In addition to its wines, Steenberg also boasts Tryn Restaurant. Chef Kerry Kilpin and her team invite locals from the area to order from their Steenberg @ Home and Takeaway menus, allowing you to enjoy some brilliant cuisine in the comfort (and safety) of your own home during Alert Level 4. Orders need to be in by 9AM for same day collection between 14h00 and 16h30 daily and deliveries can be arranged in the Southern Suburbs (Muizenberg and Newlands) from Monday to Friday.

READ: Kerry Kilpin’s Spekboom Chutney Recipe

Great Domaines

Visit the Great Domaines website and support some of South Africa’s top wine farms with the click of a button.

Vergelegen Wine Estate

Although Vergelegen has been closed temporarily until the latest lockdown restrictions have been lifted, they have an array of winter activities to add to your do-do list for once circumstances allow. This includes wine tastings, panoramic views from their family-friendly Stables Restaurant, their international Camellia Garden of Excellence and exploring the tracts of the 3000-hectare estate with their Enviro Tour. You can also enjoy a two or three-course meal, coupled with a complimentary glass of wine at Camphors Cuisine, burn off your cabin fever by exploring the farm’s 18 spectacular gardens, let the kids play on a state-of-the-art playground and a vine maze, explore the local history at the Interpretive Centre or opt for a Cellar and Vineyard Experience with views across the valley.

Shop online here.

De Grendel Wine Farm

You can shop De Grendel’s wines online too. They are currently running a Lockdown Wine Sale. All orders of 12 or more bottles will receive an additional 10% discount and free delivery in South Africa. The sale will run until the end of the current alcohol ban or while stock lasts.

Spier Wine Farm

Spier Wine Farm invites locals to buy farm-fresh goods from their Farm Café every day from 9AM to 5PM. In fact, you can even shop online and have it delivered at your door. While wine tastings and sales are closed until further notice, you’re still able to order online to be first in line for delivery once restrictions are lifted. Spier also has a selection of your favourite family meals on sale for these two weeks, like Butter Chicken, Butternut Soup and Vadas Pasteis de Nata to name a few.

Silverthorn Wines

The Robertson-based Silverthorn Wines is currently running an online offer where you get 10% discount on all their wines. You also stand the chance of winning a case of The Green Man 2018 in the month of July 2021, and a case of The Genie NV in August 2021. You can order their wines online here.

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