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Help a nation in need

Further plight is affecting the South African wine industry due to the increased duties on wine just announced by finance minister Tito Mboweni (24 February). Already on its knees due to South Africa`s Covid 19 related prohibition and the wine industry`s sales ban, and the lake of wine left in its wake, this latest news may prove to be the nail in the coffin for many wine producers. Furthermore, hospitality continues to be shut down, and tourism is almost non-existent. We think we`ve got it bad here in UK. Well, at least we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The ongoing impact of Covid 19 in South Africa continues to be devastating, with little hope. We are told some 300 million litres of wine remain unsold, and the 2021 harvest has started. The need to empty their tanks is an urgent one, and we can all help by drinking South African wine this month.  A notable, paradigm shift in the increased consumption of South African wine, and the subsequent depletion of UK stocks, will facilitate fresh imports into UK, and ease the pressures which are mounting in South Africa. And it`s not so very hard to drink South African wine, is it? Far from it. Here at The Wine Centre we love our South African wines. We stock a wonderful range: Rustenberg, Rust En Vrede, Paul Cluver, Catherine Marshall, Bouchard Finlayson, Lemberg, Darling Cellars, Kanonkop, and Hamilton Russell, to name a few. My wife and I were lucky enough to visit South Africa in January 2020, where, just before Covid 19 reached our shores, we enjoyed the hospitality of all these fabulous wineries. It breaks our hearts to think of their woes now. If you can bring yourselves to visit our shop before the end of March [2021], then we, by way of inducement, and thanks, will give you a massive 20% discount off a mixed case of twelve bottles of the above mentioned South African wines.  Just give a member of staff the promotional code: HELP.S.AFRICA. Cheers everyone!

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