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  • November for Good

    2020 has been anything but conventional. It has had many of us reprioritizing the things that matter most in life. As Black Friday nears, it was clear we needed to take a different approach this year. One that aligned better with the core values of Lomond which are conservation and community.

    We would like to introduce you to Princess. She is a businesswoman, a conservationist, and a role model for many young women in the Gansbaai area. Her company, Siyanda Alien Clearing, is committed to fighting one of the greatest threats to fynbos: the invasion of alien plant species. She has been battling these invasive plants for 16 years and employs a team of 10 women. Rather than a manager, she acts as a mentor to the members of her team – teaching and empowering them to grow and one day become their own boss, just like she has done.

    Since lockdown, nearly all funding for alien clearing has been halted, leaving Princess and her team out of work. Since most of her workers are the primary source of income for their families, you can imagine the hardship they’ve been facing.

    Further, these alien plants have not slowed their spread with the pandemic. Instead, they’ve taken full advantage of the absence of Princess and her team.

    There are a number of fynbos species that are found nowhere else on earth beyond the borders of Lomond. They exist right here, above the vines, and nowhere else.

    Knowing this and the obvious hardship such a special member of our community has been facing, we hired Princess and her team last month to exclusively tackle a problematic area of the farm where we have started to lose the fight to aliens.

    In just 4 weeks, they have made incredible progress and shown sunlight to fynbos that was nearly lost.

    It is hard and often thank-less work. It’s a never-ending task. However, it is critical for the conservation of fynbos.

    So like many things this year, the old idea of Black Friday just doesn’t add up anymore. Moments are more important than things. Outdoors are far superior to indoors. And we are encouraging everyone to trade the mall for the hills. Grab a nice bottle of wine and head into nature with loved ones.

    And with that, we will be allocating 10% of every bottle of Sauvignon Blanc sold, for the rest of the month, towards this conservation initiative.

  • 2020 Lomond Open Water Swim

    13 December, 2020

    Finish your year well by participating in the Lomond Open Water Swim taking place on Sunday 13 December 2020!

    Whilst you are very close to South Africa’s Great White Shark capital, you will be safe while swimming in a beautiful freshwater dam surrounded by vineyards and fynbos valleys. An absolute treat as swimming in this dam is only allowed at these events.

    This is a Swimming South Africa Sanctioned event organized with the Western Cape Aquatics Open Water Board giving the opportunity to our Athletes to gain qualifying times for SA OWS Nationals.

  • Lomond Partners with De Hoop Vlei MTB

    November 20-22, 2020

    The 2020 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience (Guided MTB ride)  is taking place on the 20th to the 22nd of November. Mountain bikers are encouraged to bring their families along for the adventure. The De Hoop Collection offers not only amazing food, and luxury accommodation (not included with entry fee) but also provides the close encounter wildlife viewing for which the nature reserve has become famous. Entries for the De Hoop Vlei Experience 2020 (Guided MTB ride) are limited, secure your spot for the ultimate experience…

  • 4th Annual Lomond Triathlon

    The 2020 Lomond Triathlon is going ahead.
    And we have joined forces with the guys who brought you the Cross Tri Challenge and cannot wait to welcome you for the 4th edition of the Lomond Triathlon on 12 December 2020.

    Limited entries will be available for this year’s event.
    As a previous participant of our events, you can enter now before entries open to the general public (Thursday at 12:00pm).

    This year we are also introducing a KIDS event, in association with Orca, for kids from 6-14 years of age. The event will take place after the Full and Sprint events to ensure parents are available to support.

  • Farm Family

    It’s times like these that really re-set one’s perspective. While wine is our job, this farm is our life. Our Lomond team may be incredibly diverse, but we are a family because we share this fact. In an effort to focus on the positive during these challenging times – we’d like to take the next few weeks to introduce you to our #FarmFamily. These are the unsung heroes of Lomond and we hope you’ll join us in lifting a glass to them. Cheers!

    Farm Manager – Koos Groenewald

    Cellar Hand – Michek Veruveru

  • Alcohol Ban Update 13/07/2020

    Surely you’ve heard the news by now regarding the reinstitution of the country-wide ban on alcohol. It has been a poignant reminder that we are not yet out of the woods when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic. We all share many emotions with these new regulations as jobs and livelihoods hang in the balance. Still, it is not our place to debate the efficacy of such actions. We hold fast to our faith that we are all simply doing the best we can to defeat Covid and to support our fellow South Africans. And defeat it, we will.

    For now, we must first thank you all for your continued support. Our winemaking team in the cellar, the lovely ladies in the tasting room who have learned e-commerce on the fly over these last 12 weeks, and all of the hands out in the vineyards pruning the vines right now are only there because of you. 

    The storm knocked the power out last night. As the rain and the wind howled outside, we had a farm-wide meeting by candlelight first thing this morning. The mood was somber but more importantly it was hopeful. This farm is our home and all of you have become our family. Together, we’ll make it through this again.

    For now, we are working to get clarity on what we can do about orders that have been placed but have not yet been fulfilled. If you are in this group, please look for a note from us shortly on how we are able to proceed. 

    We will continue to take orders through our online shop and would encourage you to take advantage of the deals available there during the ban. We’ve learned A LOT from the first time around and have implemented all new systems starting right now to ensure Lomond wines are the very first in the delivery queues when this ban is lifted. We will continue to inquire with those in the wine industry working directly with the government to get you the most up-to-date info on signs of when we can deliver again.

    Beyond this, we’ve got some more exciting virtual events to bring to you in the coming weeks. Look for info on these soon.

    From all of us here on the farm, thank you. Be well and stay safe.