It’s impossible to think back with any clarity about what we thought we were in for two years ago in March 2020 when the world shut down for this mysterious respiratory disease which began in China and swiftly spread across the whole Northern Hemisphere. We optimistically imagined that we might still be able to host WineX at its usual late October time slot that year.
We were no clearer about how things stood at the beginning of 2021. Vaccination offered the prospect of a return to normal at some stage, though the roll-out was slow and the Delta Variant-fuelled Third Wave hammered what was left of our optimism. Then Omicron arrived, and with it the discovery that we might be at the end of the pandemic stage, and living with Covid as we live with flu – as an endemic disease. [Let’s hope so!]
We are optimists – you have to be, living in the midst of power outages and lockdowns at the southernmost tip of the continent – so we are hoping that very soon restrictions affecting the number of guests at an indoor function will be eased. When that happens….then WineX, South Africa’s longest running, most vibrant, and most innovative wine event will be back in its usual end-of-October slot at the Sandton Convention Centre.