As South Australian businesses across the state brace for reduced business, and new safety measures as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, companies are rapidly initiating new strategies on how to cope (and stay in business).
Glam Adelaide’s team is now working from home, and many businesses are refocusing on online strategies.
While there isn’t a widespread movement in the wine industry yet, several wineries are taking a preventative approach, by closing their cellar doors for the time being or cancelling tastings, in order to protect the health of their customers, and their staff.
The good news is, they all sell their delicious wines online, and if you’re wanting to visit some cellar doors, there’s still plenty open who would love to see you.
Here’s the current closure list:
Penny’s Hill, McLaren Vale
On Wednesday the 18th of March, Penny’s Hill posted this on their social media:
COVID-19 UPDATE Temporary closure
Dear Family, Friends and supporters. We are temporarily closing our Cellar Door. Never fear, you can still order our Wines and Gin online or over the phone. Even better, we are offering a few cheeky wine deals. Let’s keep spirits high, hands clean and glasses filled 🍷
Bird in Hand Winery
Temporary restaurant and cellar door closure (reopening 23 March)
Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa
Brand’s Laira in Coonawarra
Temporary cellar door closure (reopening 21 March)
Tastings at the cellar door are no longer being offered, however visitors are able to visit and purchase wine.
For the time being, the Shaw & Smith Tasting Room at Balhannah remains open, with the following precautions in place:
- They have reduced the seating capacity to provide more space between groups, enabling everyone to maintain social distancing
- They are undertaking extra cleaning, with all tables and surfaces being wiped down with disinfectant between groups
- Tasting mats that would normally be re-used are being replaced instead
- They ask that you pay by card, as they will not take cash payments for now
Henschke have suspended all private experiences and will be closing their cellar door as of March 20. You can purchase their wine online at https://www.henschke.com.au/store/.
Know of any other cellar door closures? Let us know at [email protected]
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