Award-Winning Wines & Where to Find Them
South Africa has plenty of wonderful things for visitors to explore. Not least among them are some of the world’s finest vintages…
Visitors to South Africa who want to sample some of the finest whites, reds and bubbly on offer have a challenge: there are so many wonderful award-winning wine farms that getting to them all might require a much longer stay. Say… a lifetime, perhaps? With literally thousands of wine farms in the Cape region alone, picking the best of the best is no easy feat. There are many other world-class producers beyond the borders of the Cape too, each producing world-class vintages across many different categories and styles.
However, if you’re interested in sampling only the best, we’ve made things easier with this list of the best wine producers of 2016, as selected by the South African Wine Index.
Synonymous with fine brandies and wines, KWV is one of South Africa’s best-loved, large-volume wine producers. While the Paarl-based company has a range of different award-winning wines, their Mentors series has consistently been a favourite, both locally and abroad.
Hamilton Russell Vinyards
The first of two Hermanus vineyards on the list, Hamilton Russell prides itself on pioneering Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blends. This focus on only two wines has paid off, with the label enjoying high accolades almost every year since the farm began.
Jordan Wine Estate
The Stellenbosch region is home to a legion of world-class vineyards, with literally hundreds of choices available to grape-loving adventurers. No visit to these stunning mountains would be complete, however, without a stopover at Jordan to sample their best-in-show bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, and to soak up some of the most picturesque settings in the valley.
It’s clear that if you want to find some of the best wines in the Cape, Hermanus is a must-see destination. The second vineyard on our list, and South Africa’s second favourite wine, is a winery that combines innovation and creativity with old-world techniques to create blends that are truly out of this world. Welcome to Bouchard Finlayson.
Who would have guessed that a vineyard that’s only 12 years old would be one of the most-loved and sought-after wine makers in the country? Nestled at the foot of the Saronsberg Mountain in gorgeous Tulbagh, and only 90 minutes from the city of Cape Town, Saronsberg cellar offers the best wine in the country, along with gourmet food to excite and delight the most discerning of palates.
Franschhoek Wine Tram
It can be hard choosing exactly which wine farms you want to visit, and trying to get to all of them in one day can be a daunting task. Enter the Franschhoek Wine Tram – a hop on/hop off open tram that takes day visitors on a lazy trail through the Franschhoek Mountains to some of the best vineyards in the area. Guests can stay as long as they like on each farm before choosing to head of to the next, enjoying delicious tastings and scrumptious food along the way. Definitely our top tip for making the most of a visit to South Africa’s wine capital!