South Africa – the toughest country?

Mullineux vineyards in South Africa

Malu Lambert writes from the only wine-producing country in the world where wine exports and all domestic sales have been banned.

I’m writing this from the vantage point of the recently introduced Level 4 lockdown in South Africa. We spent a total of five weeks at Level 5, one of the strictest in the world. Those not deemed essential workers could leave the house only to buy groceries. At one point, it looked as if wine farmers were to be prevented from finishing picking the 2020 vintage, with the threat of their crop rotting on the vine a very real...