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It’s not a one day game!

It is not a one day game!

As the test series between South Africa and Pakistan started in Pakistan for the first time in 13 years, it made me think about the current situation I find myself in the South African Wine Industry.

Rikus sampling barrels

Bizoe Estalet Syrah barrels

Winemaking is all about timing. Waiting for the right moment to harvest a specific vineyard is like waiting for that one ball you can hit for a boundary. I am excited for the 2021 harvest to start, but I am daily walking through the vineyards and itching them on that we can start. Samples get send to the lab and confirms your gut feel that its just not right to pick now. The vineyards on the other side is the bowler that is throwing curve balls to you, and will decide when it’s time to pick. It can be seen as a game between bat and ball and vineyard vs winemaker. It all will happen at the right time.

Another game we are playing at the moment is waiting for the South African Government to give us the go ahead to sell our wines again to our local market. One off the many things we have learnt in the Covid-19 pandemic is to make sure you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. South African wineries always boost how they are exporting their wine, what we have learned and seeing in our bottom lines how important is our own market in South Africa. It’s time to take our hats off to our local supporters who plays a massive role in our industry.

I would sincerely like to thank our local supporters who often buy Bizoe Wines through our website, from the local wine store and ordering Bizoe at a restaurant. Covid-19 has taught us to celebrate you.

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