Diners Club is celebrating its coveted Winelist Awards with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Eastern/Southern Cape this month – kicking off with the Western Cape event which took place at The Forum Embassy Hill in Constantia.
51 Western Cape restaurants submitted wine lists this year, and awards were presented in Diamond, Platinum and Gold. 16 restaurants received Diamond Awards – 20 Platinum Awards and 15 Gold Awards. See list of winners below.
The Diners Club Winelist Awards have honoured the best wine lists in the country for over two decades and attract restaurants eager to gain recognition for the energy and attention they put into their wine lists. 2019 saw a year-on-year entry growth of over 10% – this reflects that an ever-growing number of establishments and patrons appreciate that the perfect meal is greatly enhanced by a fine wine to match.
This year, 205 restaurants from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng submitted wine lists for judging by a select panel led by publisher of the Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide, Jean-Pierre Rossouw.
“It’s clear that dining establishments are giving their wine lists ever-more attention, and a trend that I’d really like to applaud is the growing number of wine stewards and sommeliers that curate and present the lists,” says Rossouw. “It’s also encouraging to note the number of establishments offering a wider choice of wines by the glass.”
The Diners Club Winelist Awards are a benchmark for excellence in the restaurant industry and it was encouraging to see as many as 47 restaurants countrywide achieving Diamond status this year.
Diners Club has a long history of supporting the wine industry. The response to this annual competition confirms the high standard of restaurants around the country and the significant choice our cardholders have when it comes to eating out.
Stellenbosch Golf Course were not only the well-deserved winners of the Western Cape Best Winelist Award at a Golf Course but took National honours as well in this category. They are a first-time entrant in this new category which stems from Diners Club’s partnership with the Professional Golfers Association of South Africa.
In addition to Head Judge JP Rossouw, the judging panel comprised leading experts, Pete Goffe-Wood, Spencer Fondaumiere, Karin Visser and James Mukosi.
WESTERN CAPE WINNERS
Diamond Award Winners
|Azure, The 12 Apostles Hotel – Camps Bay|
|Bientang’s Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar – Hermanus|
|Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat – Clanwilliam|
|Casabella at The Sanctuary – Somerset West|
|Cavalli – Stellenbosch|
|Delaire Graff Restaurant – Stellenbosch|
|Ellerman House – Bantry Bay|
|Grootbos Lodge – Gansbaai|
|Indochine Restaurant at Delaire Graff – Stellenbosch|
|Karibu Restaurant – V&A Waterfront|
|Karoo Art Hotel – Barrydale|
|La Colombe – Constantia|
|La Residence Hotel – Franschhoek|
|Noop – Paarl|
|The Hussar Grill Camps Bay|
|The Hussar Grill Worcester|
Platinum Award Winners
|Casabella GrandWest – Goodwood|
|Cattle Baron De Waterkant – Cape Town|
|French Connection Bistro – Franschhoek|
|Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Gansbaai|
|Stellenbosch Golf Club|
|The Conservatory, The Cellars-Hohenort – Constantia|
|The Forum Embassy Hill – Constantia|
|The Hussar Grill Durbanville|
|The Hussar Grill Franschhoek|
|The Hussar Grill Grand West|
|The Hussar Grill Mouille Point|
|The Hussar Grill Paarl|
|The Hussar Grill Rondebosch|
|The Hussar Grill Somerset West|
|The Hussar Grill Steenberg|
|The Hussar Grill Stellenbosch|
|The Hussar Grill Willowbridge|
|The Marine Hotel – Hermanus|
|Turn ‘n Tender – Somerset West|
|Viande Grande Roche – Paarl|
Gold Award Winners
|Bistro @ La Vierge – Hermanus|
|Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Cape Town|
|Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Cavendish|
|Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Paarl|
|Den Anker – V&A Waterfront|
|The Shelley Point Hotel & Spa – St Helena Bay|
Best Winelist at a Golf Course – Western Cape and National Winner
Stellenbosch Golf Club
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