South African wine is in turmoil. The government has banned the sale and export of wine as part of its strict coronavirus lockdown and, while restrictions will eventually be eased, Cape producers are in shock: reeling from the long-term effects and implications of this dramatic intervention. Yet they also remain remarkably positive and resilient.
In this extended special edition Wine Survival Guide, we hear the views of three producers – Kathy Jordan (Jordan), Charles Back (Fairview) and Andrea Mullineux (Mullineux and Leeu Family) at what is a critical and challenging time. There’s also time for a quick BBQ (braai, Cape style) complete with a mouth-watering line-up of South African wines.
‘We’ve had a month’s pause. But we’ve been making wine for 360-odd years… Any longer than a month, though, and it would ruin the industry.’ Charles Back
‘You have to stay positive. Nothing’s always good or always bad. We have to get through it.’ Kathy Jordan
How have you been affected? ‘10% of our year…has gone.’ Andrea Mullineux