With around 600 wineries affected by the lockdown, the iconic Cape Winelands – which earns R49 billion for the country annually – is bleeding revenue, jobs, and prospects. COVID-19 lockdown regulations, imposed after the harvest was in, saw alcohol sales and exports shut down. It had been a good year with increased volumes and quality; this was supposed to be the time to recover heavy capital investments early in the season and reverse the difficult years of drought. Carte Blanche recently examined what it will take to recover hope in the industry.

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