Diner’s Club celebrates its annual Winelist Awards 2019

Diners Club is celebrating its coveted Winelist Awards with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Eastern/Southern Cape this month: The Eastern and Southern Cape and Klein Karoo winners were announced at a function at Monet’s at Fancourt, George.

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 around the country 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.

In addition to Head Judge JP Rossouw, the judging panel comprised leading experts, Pete Goffe-Wood, Spencer Fondaumiere, Karin Visser and James Mukosi.


Platinum Awards

Pumba Private Game Reserve – Bush Lodge, Highlands, Makana Municipality

Pumba Private Game Reserve – Water Lodge, Highlands, Makana Municipality

Chatter’s Bistro, Knysna

De Viswijf Restaurant, Jeffrey’s Bay

Dune Ridge Country House, St Francis Bay

Gallery Café, Prince Albert (Klein Karoo)

Hacklewood Hill Country House, Port Elizabeth

Hopefield Country House, Sundays River Valley Addo

Hunter Hotel Group, Plettenberg Bay

Lairds Lodge Country Estate, Jeffrey’s Bay

Swartberg Country Manor, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo

The Fat Fish Restaurant, George

The Fat Fish Restaurant, Plettenberg Bay

The Hussar Grill Walmer, Port Elizabeth

The Hussar Grill, George

The Sands @ St Francis Bay

The Verandah Beach Hotel, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 

Gold Awards

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth 

About Diners Club

Diners Club South Africa is recognised as one of the top franchises in the world, wholly owned by Standard Bank. Diners Club International is owned by Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognised brands in US financial services. Established in 1950, Diners Club International became the first multipurpose charge card in the world, launching a financial revolution in how consumers and companies pay for products and services. Today, Diners Club is a globally recognised brand serving the payment needs of select and affluent consumers, offering access to nearly 1000 airport lounges worldwide, and providing corporations and small business owners with a complete array of expense management solutions. Diners Club cards are accepted in more than 185 countries and territories at millions of merchant locations and offer access to more than 1 million cash access locations and ATMs. Diners Club is uniquely qualified to serve its card members all over the world. For more information, visit www.dinersclub.co.za.

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