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11 December 2020  -  Neethlingshof Wine Estate

It has, without a doubt, been a difficult year for all of us. At Neethlingshof the “old” normal quickly changed into a “new normal” right after we completed our 2020 harvest at the end of March.

Due to lockdown restrictions the manner in which we’ve been doing things for decades were severely challenged. What initially seemed almost impossible has now become part of our daily routines; many of these never to return to how we used to do things. It is easy to focus on all the negatives and the hardship that we all had to endure but as a team we made a conscious decision, very early in the process, to see this as an opportunity to review old practices and to realign ourselves to tackle the challenges head-on.

Looking back over the last 8 months we are, now more than ever, grateful for what we have and where we are, considering the daunting challenges of April and May. It was not all plain sailing though. Due to the lack of international tourists, and the impact thereof on our restaurant, we unfortunately had to close our restaurant and part ways with many colleagues and friends. This was indeed a sad day but a decision that had to be taken for the greater good of the business. We remain in touch with these friends of ours and are happy for them each time we get news of them finding employment elsewhere. We are looking ahead and remain confident that the day will come where we once again can reopen our restaurant.

But the real heroes over the last 8 months were you, our valued customers. During the “dark days” of the initial level 5 lockdown, when the local selling of wine was prohibited, we initiated an online order promotion. The reaction from you was nothing but amazing. It exceeded all expectations and challenged our, and our distribution partners', logistical abilities but most of all it made us belief. Belief that we needed at the time when the general narrative about the future of the wine industry was nothing but doom and gloom. For this we thank you because this gave us hope, something that every business and individual needs to grow. Thank you for your support and the love that we received from so many of you during the last year.

As we enter the festive season we wish you all a peaceful Christmas and prosperous New Year. Let’s be grateful for what we have and the small things in life. Let's be grateful for life itself. Stay safe and we are looking forward to again engage with you in the new year.

Your Neethlingshof Team

Neethlingshof is Stellenbosch Ready
We are very proud to announce that we are now officially
Stellenbosch Ready! This means that we are complying with stringent health and safety protocols, aligned with international and local best practice, to ensure that holiday-makers and travelers stay safe when visiting our business. 

Extended Opening Hours at the Wine Tasting Centre
With the holiday season upon us, we are once again staying open later so that you can enjoy our wine and hospitality for longer! From 16 December to 15 January our opening hours will be as follows (last tastings 30min before closing):

Monday to Friday: 09h00 - 19h00

Weekends & Public Holidays: 10h00 - 18h00

24 & 31 December: 09h00 - 14h00

Book or find more information on our food & wine pairings and wine tasting options at the Wine Tasting Centre on our website.

The Salt Road at Neethlingshof
The Salt Road, with chefs
Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit, has recently opened at our Wine Garden and is serving a fantastic selection of pizzas, light mains and sweets and provides a great option for some food to enjoy alongside your wine tasting experience at Neethlingshof (menu). The Salt Road is currently open Wednesdays from 11h30 to 20h00, Thursdays & Fridays from 11h30 to 16h00, and weekends and public holidays from 11h30 to 15h00. Extended opening hours for The Salt Road is as follows:

Wednesdays: 11h30 - 20h00

Thursdays & Fridays: 11h30 - 19h00

Weekends & Public Holidays: 11h30 - 18h00

24 & 31 December: 09h00 - 14h00

Call us on 021 883 8975 or
email us for bookings, or book online.

18 Coffee Opens at Neethlingshof!
Not only is Neethlingshof Estate home to award winning wines - we are now also home to a fantastic selection of coffees and coffee beans. 18 Coffee, owned by Blitzbokke Cecil Afrika, Kyle Brown and Philip Snyman, recently opened a coffee shop and roastery on the farm and it is a brilliant spot to enjoy a cup of coffee under the trees.

18 Coffee offers a range of four different products: Ola Amigo, their Afrika Blend called The Safari Express, their first-born named The Pilot and "beskuit se beste vriend", Die Spoorsnyer. Come and try their coffee at Neethlingshof or order online to enjoy high quality coffee at home.

Christmas Gifts at the Wine Tasting Centre
For Christmas this year we have some really unique gifts to surprise your loved ones with over the holiday season. We have the following gift boxes available from the Wine Tasting Centre:

Bottle of Malbec, Pack of Chef Terrine, Branded corkscrew – R380

Bottle of Shiraz, Branded corkscrew, Pulltex Wine Saver, Wine charms – R390 

Bottle of Six Flowers, Short Story Cookie, Lip Balm, Wine Charms – R290

Bottle of Unwooded Chardonnay, Short Story Cookie, Lip Balm, Wine Charms – R230 

These gift boxes are only available from the Wine Tasting Centre shop on Neethlingshof Estate.

We are also continuing to sell our popular The Owl Post Pinotage and The Caracal Bordeaux Blend Vertical Sets
online.

Take a piece of Neethlingshof home with you with this beautiful pen, hand-crafted from one of the stone pines that form our iconic avenue leading to the farmstead. During some heavy storms in winter 2020 we lost a couple of trees to horrendous winds. When the storms cleared and the damage was assessed, we decided to make the avenue live on in the form of these stunning pens.

Pens are available from the Wine Tasting Centre at R260 and come in a gift box with a letter explaining its special provenance.

Welcome to Mika Engelbrecht
We are happy to welcome Mika Engelbrecht, our new assistant winemaker, to the Neethlingshof team. Mika hails from Hermanus and completed her degree in Viticulture and Oenology in 2019 after completing her internship during harvest 2019 at Neethlingshof (so she may look familiar to some!). We asked Mika some questions to get to know her better:

What are your interest/hobbies (other than wine)?
Individual and teams sports (tennis, squash, hockey), hiking and the outdoors, travelling, solving puzzles, reading, cooking, baking and gardening.

What made you choose the wine industry?
I’ve always loved agriculture and the beauty of combining science and nature in a sustainable way. In winemaking you have the opportunity to be experimental and to try new things. You can play around and be creative and it is so much fun. Though every vintage is different in its own way, wine is an expression of the terroir. Furthermore, it requires a lot more than academic knowledge; things like problem solving, good work ethic, willingness to learn, paying attention to detail and working in/managing a team.

What is your favourite wine?
Neethlingshof's The Jackals Dance 2020, Malbec 2019 and The Carcal 2018 (not released yet). My favourtie cultivars are Chenin blanc and Shiraz.

Tell us a bit about your journey at Neethlingshof so far?
In my final year of studies I completed my internship at Neethlingshof and I was fortunate enough to be part of a stellar team that was directly involved with all the winemaking activities. It is where my wine journey started in terms of practical experience, where I learned to work a pump, clean a tank and have an absolute blast doing what I am passionate about. I recently returned to Neethlingshof when given the opportunity to play my part in the winemaking as assistant winemaker.  I am delighted to be back and absolutely in my element!

How do you feel about the next chapter at Neethlingshof?
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity  and also very enthusiastic and eager; I cannot wait for harvest 2021! It is a great time to evolve on a personal as well as a professional level and I truly feel Neethlingshof is a wonderful place to continue my wine journey.

Any words of wisdom you would like to share for anyone considering entering the wine industry?
Do what you are most passionate about. Having the drive, loving wine and always being keen to learn will gravitate people towards you.

News Bites
For all the Pinotage runners out there, who are as sad as we are to have missed out on this year’s Pinotage Run, we extend an invitation to you for a complimentary taste of our Neethlingshof Estate Pinotage when you visit the estate during the month of December!

We are also selling early bird tickets for the Pinotage Run, 9 October 2021 at R250 a ticket. The ticket includes wine tastings on route, live entertainment after the run as well as a bottle of Pinotage to take home.

Keep an eye on our social media channels or our website for more news, events and the Wine Down Wednesday schedule.

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