The latest amended regulations published in the Government Gazette on 17 December 2020 now allows for the sale of wine and presenting of wine tastings during normal licensed hours, which would by implication include all week days and weekends, in line with the relevant local municipal by-laws.
This follows after discrepancies were noted between President Ramaphosa’s national address on 14 December 2020 and the published regulations on 15 December 2020 with regard to the sale of wine at wineries over weekends for off-consumption, which Vinpro committed to follow up with national government.
A further implication of the Gazetted regulations was that wine cellars with a micro-manufacturer’s on- and off-consumption licence, held by the majority of our wineries, were not allowed to present wine tastings on Sundays.
However, the amended regulations as on 17 December 2020 read as follows:
Amendment of regulation 77 of the Regulations
- Regulation 77 of the Regulations is hereby amended by the substitution for subregulation (4) of the following subregulation:
“(4) Registered wineries and wine farms may continue to operate in offering wine tastings and the selling of wine to the public for offsite consumption, subject to strict adherence to the curfew provided for in regulation 66(2) and strict adherence to social distancing measures and health protocols.”
According to the Government Gazette published on 15 December 2020, other liquor outlets may still only sell alcohol from Monday to Thursday, 10:00 to 18:00.
Should there be any further developments in terms of the legislation that would have an effect on our industry, we will communicate it to our members timeously. Also read the latest legal interpretation by Danie Cronjé Attorneys.
“The latest developments affirm the value of Vinpro’s continued advocacy with government at national and provincial level,” says Vinpro MD Rico Basson.
“We are relieved that we were able to resolve the discrepancy regarding wine tasting and sales so speedily with the help of stakeholders such as Premier Alan Winde, Dr Ivan Meyer and their respective teams at the Western Cape Government and Western Cape Department of Agriculture, as well as the National Department of Tourism. We commend and thank them for their tremendous support for, and regard of the South African wine industry as a major contributor to our country’s economy and job creation during this past year,” Basson says.
“The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) in addition successfully lobbied for accommodation establishments to operate at their full capacity, which is excellent news for our wineries operating guest houses and hotels,” says Vinpro wine tourism manager Marisah Nieuwoudt.
While we are relieved by the concession made to wineries in terms of trading hours, we must also realise the great responsibility that comes with it. Please, let’s ensure that our businesses remain open by strictly enforcing the wine industry’s respective health & safety protocols, and continuing to promote safe and responsible production, trade, marketing and consumption.
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