Terrible news, but not a new issue there. It does a lot of damage to the idea of a ‘Wine Culture’ in South Africa, which is something that I think they are striving hard to promote. The romance of viticulture and social volatility and oppression (far more important than how a bottle of Pinotage or Chenin Blanc tastes) are not reconcilable. There are certainly some producers who treat their workers well, but I fear that those will be cast into the same boat with the others by headlines like this. Then again, maybe nobody really cares unless the wine tastes good and is cheap enough.
Wein schenkt Freude