• The Seasons are Changing… And So Are We

    While in our minds it is still only autumn (summer was only last month, was it not?) we are less than two weeks away from our Winter Solstice.  The rains have been good so far, and we are excited to see what Spring and Summer have in store for us soon.

    While it might quite often leave us breathless, running to catch up, the changing of the seasons is relentless and incessant. Sure, it may be a week or so ‘late’ or ‘early’, but the passage of time is truly the most constant thing in an ever changing world.

    We as a business must also change and adapt with the times.  

    We have realized that our season of free tastings on the Estate, has come to an end.  We have always wanted our customers visiting the farm to be able to experience and discover all the wines in our range. Back in the day, it used to be possible to chat to each visitor for hours on end, and explore the range with them. 

    In recent years, however, we have experienced a high influx of visitors, which we are of course so thankful to be able to welcome to our winery. We have realized, however, that many are not even interested in hearing about the wines, rushing to make sure they can taste as many as possible in the short time they have allotted for their visit – rushing to get a bit buzzed before their next stop down the road. This is all fair and well, but it does also mean that we no longer have the time to chat and connect with the customers who really care about the wines we make. 

    When we withdrew from the Wacky Wine festival, it was because we could not give our customers an authentic Springfield experience amidst the crowds. For this same reason, we will no longer be offering free tastings as of  Saturday 12 June 2021. 

    Going forward, our tastings will be R80 for any 5 wines. 
    Tastings are payable at the counter upfront, and will still be conducted in the informal, friendly manner you all know and love. You are still welcome to buy a bottle of wine to enjoy outside on our lush lawns, as there is truly no better way to spend a sunny Saturday than on our deck with friends and family. Our cellar tour, offered on weekdays, will remain free of charge and are a wonderful way to explore the Springfield way of doing things with even more depth.

    Wine Club members, going forward you will receive a voucher for a free tasting in your wine club box every quarter, starting with Q3 which kicks off  on the 24th of July.

    We hope you understand our decision and the motivation behind it. We want our visitors to remember where they have been – what they have tasted, how the light reflected on the water that day, if the leaves were green and shiny or turning copper and bronze – and we hope that your time spent visiting our tasting room will be memorable as ever.

  • This Time Last Year

    Today, exactly a year ago, the South African government lifted the 9-week long alcohol ban for the first time. 

    Can you remember the CHAOS that ensued? Queues outside liquor stores, panic buying, and of course, the total collapse of the national courier system under the incredible weight of the sheer amount of alcohol you all had ordered online. 

    We, like many other small wine farms, were completely blindsided by the number of orders streaming in, on one side so greatful for a revenue stream that had been so sorely missed the past few months, on the other side, warily eyeing out the backlog our couriers were accumulating.

    On the farm’s end, we were quick – working 18 hour days to process and pack each order within two days of receipt. It was when the wine was collected by our couriers, that the wheels started to come off. After two weeks of broken promises and missed deadlines, we took matters into our own hands.

    The rest is well documented history – we uplifted all the wine in Gauteng, got a new courier, and flew up to JHB ourselves to repack and re-dispatch each order, along with a complimentary case of Miss Lucy. It took us a week just to untangle the mess that we had on our hands, and another week more just to get the last of the lockdown orders to their rightful owners. 

    In Cape Town,  we enlisted the help of dudes with vans, crowdsourced delivery drivers on Twitter, and rounded up students to help with our deliveries. 

    What have we learnt since then? Our parcels are now all individually labeled with barcoded stickers, and we now work with a courier that scans each parcel, every step of the way. We have upgraded our online system so that you now receive tracking information as soon as your wine has dispatched, and with one click you can now see exactly where your order is – no more phoning the farm for updates or us paging through 26 different ringbinders to find your order number!

    What has stayed the same? Well, our hardworking team, for one, is still standing (after this time last year we were worried about a mass mutiny) and recognize almost every one of you by name when your order lands in our inboxes. Our prices have also stayed consistent, with no price increase in 2021 in solidarity with an industry and country already on a backfoot. Our courier fees have also stayed the same, despite the many upgrades and rising costs incurred – and we are still offering a 50% saving on our regular courier fees by absorbing half the costs for you, so that you can stay safe and shop from the comfort of your own home. 

    On a grey, miserable day like today, when one feels a bit hopeless in the face of a third wave, loadshedding and corruption, it is important to look back at where we were a year ago, and to recognize how far we have come despite it all.

    That being said, infections are rising once again, and an alcohol ban is never off the cards – so make sure you are stocked up in time, this time around.