Dear Lammershoek Fans,

Covid 19 hit all of us – the world is experiencing the biggest crisis in the human mankind. Regardless of color, race, economical or religious background or nationality – the virus knows no border and no mercy.

After China, Europe, the USA and many other countries, South Africa has opted for one of the world’s strictest complete closures of the country.  The lock down, the ban on going out, travel restrictions and the loss of jobs have led to serious social dislocations an will continue.

South Africa’s “No work – no pay” policy has placed millions of people in serious difficulty and despair.

Our industry has suffered enormous damage and hundreds of thousands of workers are staying at home and are not allowed to return to their work.

The wine industry has been completely closed down, as the sale and transport of alcohol within South Africa is prohibited. In stage 5, even the export of wine was banned. However, as we will be entering Stage 4 on 1 May, workers in the wine industry can go back to work and wine exports can resume.

The sale of alcohol within the country will still be banned, and therefore the industry will have to rely on its exports to survive in the coming months.

We on Lammershoek have decided to continue to pay full wages to all farm workers during the lockdown and we have agreed with the management team to make moderate wage cuts.

The Abold family has been at Lammershoek for almost five weeks and we are taking the opportunity to work on some things we have always wanted to do.

Therefore we are doing some maintenance work in our gardens and have planted a huge veggie garden for our 26 workers living on our farm with their families. And we are growing or herd of cattle and our small herd of sheep.

We also prepare the planting of some very small vineyards around our cellar and do the necessary soil preparation. This year was the best in terms of volumes since 2015. The quality we now have in the cellar is very promising. Luckily we were able to complete our harvest and pressing of all the grapes before lockdown stopped all work in the cellar.

We know that other companies have also suffered a major blow, and the coming weeks and months will be a challenge for everyone.

Nevertheless, we do not want to lose our optimism, and sometimes a good glass of wine keeps us going.

We wish you all the best – stay safe and healthy

Sonja and Andreas Abold