It’s not often you’ll go to a wine estate for lunch and find the dining area virtually bare, the vineyards looking as if they’re on their last legs and the cutlery — wooden cutlery at that — brought in specially for the event. But this was the case at the recent relaunch of Solms-Delta Wine Company near Franschhoek.

Once a thriving wine estate and at some point regarded as a model for transformation in the industry, Solms-Delta was put into business rescue last year. Which means creditors have cleared the estate of everything that can move — cutlery included...

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