The year 2020 will certainly be long remembered and written about in the history books. School children will learn about the world wide Covid-19 pandemic, it’s devastating effect on the economy, but also about the tenacity of people and how some searched and found opportunities amidst the crisis. The Lammershoek farming community is certainly one of the latter.
Roussanne of Hope
Like many other wine farms across the globe, Lammershoek was and is still faced with the challenges that came along with the pandemic, but on the flip-side of the coin the Swartland had a stellar winter rainfall season (the first in 4 years) and the farm dams are brimming with water.
“Our initial plans to make good use of the rainfall received and to expand our vineyards were temporarily put on hold due to the uncertain times, but we made a team effort to plant a small block of Roussanne as a symbol of hope to the families that rely on Lammershoek for a living and a sign that we are here to stay.”, Jorrie du Plessis, winemaker at Lammershoek, explains.
Doing it for ourselves
When the going gets tough, the tough get going as the saying goes. Team Lammershoek rolled up their sleeves in the beginning of lockdown and established a beautifully toiled vegetable garden in the fertile soils of the Paardeberg. Beans, cabbage, carrots, beetroot, cauliflower and more were planted to encourage healthy nutrition and to support the families living on the farm. The added benefit was lots of fresh air and physical and mental fitness to overcome challenging times. Today we can reap the rewards of hard work.
Keeping up with new trends
2020 has certainly sped up the development of online technology and keeping up with trends has become increasingly important. Navigating Skype, Zoom, BlueJeans and other communication tools was a steep learning curve, but it enabled us to continue building relationships and forging alliances for the future.
The new Lammershoek website and online wine shop is a convenient one stop shop. Lammershoek fans can now order their favourite Lammershoek wines directly from the farm and have it delivered to their doorstep.
Open cellar door Friday’s
Technology is fantastic, but nothing beats a visit to the Swartland.
Lammershoek now offers an intimate wine tasting experience curated by winemaker, Jorrie du Plessis, on Fridays from 10:00 to 13:00. The tasting is designed for a maximum of 8 people and includes a tour of our historic cellar and a cheese platter to snack on as well as many stories to enjoy with the wines. Visitors will be able to sample 8 wines, including a wine of the rare Mysteries site specific old vine wines. Rest assured that the necessary Covid-19 protocols are in place to protect both visitors and staff.
To save your spot send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lammershoek on Tel: 022 482 2835 to enquire.
We are planning to host regular smaller events on the farm in the future, such as an informal braai (barbeque) and special visits to our vineyards, accompanied by our winemaker.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for information on events and the latest news from the farm.
It is such a privilege to live and work in the beautiful Swartland and we would love to share our special part of the Paardeberg you. Sharing a glass of wine with friends will never be taken for granted again!
“We hope to look back at 2020 in the next few years thinking “nice try 2020” whilst sipping on a cold glass of Lammershoek Roussanne.” says Jorrie with a smile.