'We just have to keep busy': Pandemic crushes South African vineyards

The R45 highway from Cape Town to Franschhoek is lined with wine estates. On a crisp morning, winegrowers in South Africa take advantage of cooler temperatures to bring in the harvest. Sauvignon Blanc was taken off the vines at the start of the month, followed by Chardonnay, Merlot and Grenache. Visitors used to come from the world over to watch the grape harvest in Franschhoek. Here, 100 kilometres inland from the Cape of Good Hope, everything revolves around wine tourism. But the coronavirus pandemic has changed all that. There are few visitors these days, and precious little Good Hope. “On …

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