Latest industry data has wine production down but sales up, number of wine farms down but number of wineries up, with the UK and Germany still the biggest export markets. More.
Boplaas Cape Tawny wins trophy for top port-style wine at 2017 CAPPA Challenge. Runner-up prize goes to Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2015. Competition overview and results here.
Winemag review of Bordeaux-style red blends from top South African producers includes 25 wines rated 90-plus, with top score going to Cab-led combo from Thelema. Overview here.
The Top 12 in the 2017 Shiraz SA Challenge come from throughout the Cape winelands, with Cederberg, KWV, Fairview, Eagles’ Nest and Saronsberg boasting best track records. Results here.
Overall champ at the 2017 Trophy Wine Show: Tokara. Best Red Overall: Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2014. Best White Overall: DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2016. But then… Read on.
Vin de Constance 2013 and Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016 two of the best on show at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, London. Seven SA platinum winners all told. Continued.
Top-scoring wine overall, two wines among the Top 10, five gold medals in total and 10 silver medals… South Africa enjoys one of its most successful years yet at Syrah du Monde. Read on.
IWC 2017 results in seven trophy winners from the Cape. Best South African White: Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2015. Best South African Red: Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015. More.
No ‘grand gold’ for South Africa at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017 – but 10 gold medals, including one for a wine excluded from top Cape Cabs in Winemag report days before. More.
Fifteen wines rated 90-plus… Neil Ellis and Strydom top-score in Winemag’s annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report… Short of greatness but very good, says panel chairman… Overview here.
Paul Cluver of Elgin and Fairview of Paarl the top achievers at National Wine Challenge awards – each winning six spots among SA Top 100 chosen from the entry submissions. Top 10 here.
Tête de Cuvée 2013 from Bouchard Finlayson of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in the Walker Bay district outside Hermanus the only SA gold medallist at 2017 Global Pinot Noir Masters, UK. More here.
2017 edition of Concours Mondial du Sauvignon (Blanc) attracts over 800 entries, with France dominating the awards presentation at which South African cellars win 10 medals. More here.
The Masters of Wine and The Drinks Business publication in the UK present Eben Sadie of South Africa’s Swartland district with their 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award. Read on.
Gold medallists at Chardonnay taste-off in Burgundy feature four from SA: Bon Courage and Weltevrede from Robertson, Survivor from Worcester (Swartland fruit) and DGB. More here.
Most of South Africa’s Cabernet Franc producers ‘come to the party’, six winners chosen at the 2017 Challenge and roadshow expanded to include Cab Franc Carnival in Johannesburg. More.
Creation Wines of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Delheim of Simonsberg-Stellenbosch and La Motte of Franschhoek wave the flag for South Africa at 2017 Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge.
Top 20 SA cellars on Cape Peninsula (4) and Cederberg (1), in Elgin (1), Franschhoek (3), Hemel-en-Aarde (1), Paarl (1), Somerset West (1), Stellenbosch (7) and Tulbagh (1) – 2017 Classification.
South Africa’s most highly rated wines overall for the period 2007 to 2016, those special bottlings that achieve good to great reviews vintage after vintage, year after year. Scrolls of honour here.
The number of South Africa’s highly-rated, world-class wines runs into the hundreds, but some are more highly praised more often by the top tasting panels on the planet: Top 20 in 2016.
South Africa’s best-value wines of the year, those that have earned very good reviews from one or more of the top panels locally or internationally AND which sell/sold for less than R100. More.
Winemaker of the Year, Winery of the Year, Most Successful Producer of the Year… Delaire Graff, Nederburg, Mullineux and Rijk’s among the title holders, but who’s tops overall? Read more.
Five of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants are in the Cape winelands, among the vines, with 2016 Eat Out laureates including Camphors, La Colombe, Maison, Overture and Waterkloof. Read more.
Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards go to farms and cellars in nine of the very best wine-producing areas around the world – including six of South Africa’s top outfits. More.
With the judges all wine Masters of one sort or another, Cape cellars fared well at the 2016 Drinks Business Chardonnay taste-off in the UK: one Master award, seven Golds. Article here.
Nederburg of Paarl, Riebeek Kasteel’s Mullineux, Radford Dale and Stellenrust of Stellenbosch scoop top awards in 2017 edition of Platter’s SA Wine Guide. 5 Star laureates here.
South Africa’s Sauvignon Blanc producers enter 169 wines in annual Top 10 competition, with top performers based predominantly in Durbanville, Elgin, Stellenbosch. Results here.
Distell collects more medals than anybody else at Veritas 2016, four cellars win a couple of double golds each, and Boschendal vies with Goedverwacht for ‘best value’ kudos. More here.
South Africa’s Cederberg Private Cellar, Rijk’s of Tulbagh, Rustenberg and Stark-Condé of Stellenbosch triumph (and surprise) at Six Nations Challenge in Australia. More details here.
2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction provides inkling of who’s who at cutting edge of Wine SA and new records across the board. Average prices, highest prices and more here.
With 1829 entries, Michelangelo sets new record as biggest wine competition in South Africa. Top producers collect 11 trophies, 15 platinum awards and hundreds of golds. More here.
Trophies for Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Chenin at International Wine & Spirit Competition go to South African cellars, with Neethlingshof taking the title in the Pinotage class. More here.
De Toren, Kanonkop, Vergelegen and La Motte… De Wetshof, DeMorgenzon and Ken Forrester… Zonnebloem, Monis, Libertas and Jaubert… 2016 Nederburg Auction highlights here.
2016 Cap Classique Challenge winners feature Paarl’s Anura Vineyards, Colmant of Franschhoek and the House of JC Le Roux, Stellenbosch – a total of 11 gold medallists. Highlights.
Latest White Hot Wine Awards point to wonderful success stories despite the reluctance of judges to give a ‘perfect’ score. 35 entries, not a single dud in sight, and another win for Elgin. More.
L’Avenir Single Block 2014 is arguably the most successful Pinotage on the show circuit in 2016. And few wines can match the value offering of Knorhoek’s second label at R40pb. More here.
With Chenin Blanc the most widely planted wine grape variety in South Africa, the best in the industry’s annual Top 10 contest are bound to be complex and interesting. More here.