Pinotage and Biltong Festival 2020 – POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 2020
After the President’s speech last night about Covid19 and the limitation on gatherings, CVO Marketing, as the organisors of the annual Pinotage and Biltong Festival, have no other option but to announce the postponement of the Western Cape event to Saturday, 14 November and Sunday, 15 November.
Consultation with our venue sponsor, Perdeberg Cellar and our Biltong supplier Afrifood Biltong Factory, was fruitful and the festival will take place at Perdeberg as usual with the times staying the same at 11h00-16h00 daily.
Participating wineries are happy with the change and have promised to support the new dates. The ticketing platform www.plankton.mobi has already updated their information to reflect the new dates. All current ticket holders will be given the option for a refund or to just transfer their tickets to the new dates.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or in the case of a refund, contact plankton.mobi directly as per the instructions on their platform.
What a strange world we now live in!
Just before the lockdown started on the 26th March, we decided to get the newly harvested wines to a safe state. At that stage, we understood from the restrictions, that everyone had to stop working. So we sulphured and protein stabilised all the white wines and rosé in tank, while the wine in barrels is safe on the lees. The red wines are also now in barrel and currently going through malolactic fermentation to reduce the astringency of naturally forming malic acids.
Then we heard that harvest and cellar activities may continue, but only to get the wine to a safe state. We are lucky that our production is small, however bigger wineries were still harvesting. It was a scramble to get permits for people to work.
We also heard beginning of April, that exports are now allowed to be shipped. What a big relief as we had some wine destined for Germany and The Netherlands that had already been delivered to the export warehouse. Wine is seen as an essential product in Europe and the United States, and sales in the US is up by 60%! Berry Bros & Rudd, an established wine and spirit merchant in the U.K., had their best sales day, mainly down to online sales, since the company started in 1698!
We sincerely hope that the government will relax the rules and allow wine producers to sell online. That would be a move in the right direction, both for us and wine lovers.
This is also a time to reflect and adapt to the situation, probably to a world that will eventually have a “new normal”. We use social media to communicate and inform wine lovers with interesting information. Very soon, we will be launching virtual tasting on social media. We decided to bring the wine to you, since you are not able to visit us or any outlet to purchase our wines. So, if you are not following us on our social media platforms, maybe now is the time to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We would love to hear from you, and if you had one of our wines during the lockdown period please share your experience with us. We have heard from people and they are sending images to us, please post on social media an inspire others to share their experiences. We will offer a prize of a 12 bottled mixed case for the best experience shared during the lockdown period, or any extension of it.