Despite the impact on the economy of the Covid pandemic and the successive bans on wine sales, the 19th edition of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show saw a gratifyingly strong entry from a broad range of producers. A total of 747 wines from 162 cellars was judged from 31st August to 3rd September at the Grande Roche in Paarl. Conscious of the value of a strong showing at the country's premier wine competition the Cape's leading producers waited through the various levels of the lockdown until it became possible for the judging panels to meet in a Covid-compliant environment. Their patience was rewarded with a sumptuous set of results which is likely to play a key role in setting the Cape wine industry on the path to recovery.