Wine Farms Close Due To Coronavirus

Words: Katrina Rose Wind

Many wine estates have made the difficult decision to close down their facilities to the general public after a member of a Dutch wine tour, which did a multi-farm wine tasting and visited over 30 estates and venues, tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend. However, many wine farms have also closed their doors for precautionary measures due to the virus. We have compiled a list of wine estates that have closed their doors and some estates that have decided to remain open.



Steenberg: Following international guidelines and erring on the side of caution, both the tasting room and Bistro Sixteen82 will remain closed for 14 days from date of exposure as a proactive measure after it became known that one of the members of a visiting Dutch tour group tested positive for the virus.


Klein Constantia: In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, as a precautionary measure this wine farm will close until. further notice. This includes their Tasting Room and The Bistro at Klein Constantia.


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Boschendal: Over the next two weeks, Boschendal will stage a phased shutdown so that by the end of March all operations on the property will close for a minimum of two weeks. Their intention is to re-open operations on Wednesday 15 April 2020 and will review this date closer to the time.

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Leeu Estates: After a guest tested positive for the virus, the hotel (and all other elements of the Estates) will shut with immediate effect, to limit exposure. The situation will be reassessed at the end of the month with a hope to reopen on Friday 03 April.

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Anthonij Rupert and L’Ormarins Estate: In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, Anthonij Rupert Wyne and L’Ormarins Estate have made the proactive decision to restrict all visitors to the Estates as a measure to protect both its guests as well as its employees from the spread of the virus. This wine farm will be closed until further notice.

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La Motte: As a precaution against COVID-19, the La Motte tourism experience will be closed till Monday, 23 March 2020. The closure follows information from a guest who visited the estate on 9 March and who since tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. But don’t worry! You can still order your much-loved La Motte wine! Order 6 bottles or more online and they’ll deliver for free!

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Leopards Leap: As a precaution, all the popular guest experiences at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards will be closed till Monday, 23 March 2020. The closure follows information from a guest who visited sister estate, La Motte during the previous week and shared his positive test results for COVID-19 on Sunday, 15 March.



Delheim: Their hospitality sector of the business (restaurant, picnic area and wine tasting facilities) will be closed until 27 March thereafter they will reassess the situation. Your favourite Delheim wines are still available in stores nationwide or simply order online and they will ship your wines to you!

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Kanonkop Wine Estate: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, they have decided to close their tasting room facility for wine tastings until further notice. They will, however, be open for wine purchases.

Tokara: In the light of the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa, Tokara has made it a top priority to be proactive and have taken all necessary precautionary health and safety measures – not only to safeguard their visitors but also their staff. They have closed the wine estate until March 24th.


Vrede en Lust: This wine farm will most likely to be shutting their doors down in a couple of days but you can still buy your favourite Vrede en Lust wines online.

Plaisir De Merle: They have closed their estate until further notice. ‘We aim to embrace all the qualities that our guardian, The Griffin, embodies as we continue our daily lives in this changing reality. We will have the vision, strength, and courage to work together to protect and care for one another. Even in isolation, will we act as guardians to one another to face this challenging time together.’

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Noble Hill: They have decided that due to coronavirus that their restaurant and wine shop will be closed from March 16-31. However, you can still enjoy their delicious wine by ordering online.

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Rupert & Rothschild: The restaurant and tasting room from Monday, 16 March until Wednesday, 25 March 2020 will be closed in order to prevent any potential contact of COVID-19 amongst its guests and staff. The situation will be monitored and reassessed in a week, after which an updated status will be communicated.


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Gabrielskloof: After hosting a group of Dutch wine professionals on March 11th, one of whom has subsequently tested positive for the virus, they have decided to close their doors. The wine farm feels a social responsibility to protect both their valued customers and their staff by closing the doors to get the relevant people tested and isolated.Their tasting room and restaurant will remain closed until Tuesday, March 24th pending further communication.


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Bosman Family Vineyards: Following the decisive measures implemented by the government they are unified in their response and regret to inform you that our hospitality doors at Bosman Family Vineyards in Hermanus will be closed for the following week for assessment.


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Almenkerk: Contacted by a visitor to advise that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The visitor was part of a group of 38 wine professionals from The Netherlands that visited them on 10 March. As a precaution, they will be avoiding all close contact as a family and business for the next 7 to 10 days, and will inform you if any of them show symptoms. They are trying to get tested so that we can be sure. Almenkerk Wine Estate will be closed to the public until further notice.

Please note: this information was accurate on the date of publication and will be adjusted as and when we receive further communication from estates. If you are a representative of a wine estate and wish to be included on this list – please email us the relevant details

What you should do if you suspect you may be infected

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has a toll-free number for the public that deals with Covid 19 related issues or questions: 0800 029 999. The line is operated 24 hours a day.

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