Where to start? Well, it is fair to say that it was a tough year all round for everyone in the wine industry. Anytime that you have a global recession, luxury goods are going to take a hit, and wine certainly falls into that category.
Nonetheless, it turned out a pretty good year for Dombeya. Sold some more wine, met lots of nice people, saw plenty of interesting places around the world. There wasn’t much time to sit around worrying, that’s for sure. But without boring you too much with the minor details, here are the highlights as we saw them,
1- The Dombeya Scholarship – first time effort and it turned out a winner. Ntando Buthelezi did herself and South Africa proud with her time in Australia and we’ll be seeing and hearing plenty about this wonderful young lady in the future.
2- Haskell Launch – a success. Our sister brand hit the ground running with a great deal of anticipation and a huge win in the Tri-Nations Challenge for the Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007. There were also some stunning reviews from Jancis Robinson, and a gold medal in the Trophy Wine Show.
3- Excellent reviews from Wine Spectator and Steven Tanzer.
4- Open Day 2009 – a great turn out which we will ramp up again next year. We opened every wine we have ever made, and also held the first ”Human Llama Trophy” to find the best wine spitter, which was a lot of fun.
5- Fire – now that got a little scary in February. A huge fire swept around the Helderberg, thankfully missing our vineyards but sadly causing a lot of damage to many of our neighbours and friends.
6- Vintage 2009 – a cracker. Lots of great wines to be found from 2009 and we keenly await their emergence from barrel and tank over the next couple of years.
7- Royal visit- Prince Albert of Monaco popped in for a visit with some friends and was impressed with the wines. What a nice man!
We could go on, but that covers most of the year. All that is left is to wish everyone a great Christmas and New year, may Santa be kind to you and fill your stockings with Dombeya!
The Dombeya Team