The annual Diners Club International Winelist Awards honors South African restaurateurs that have mastered the culinary art of pairing food and wine through a meticulously crafted and well thought-out wine list that complements their menu. 2016 marks the 22nd anniversary of Diners Club paying tribute to the innovation and hard work of restaurateurs receiving this coveted symbol of distinction for their restaurant in South Africa.
A selection of esteemed South African sommeliers, wine reviewers, chefs and media represent the panel of judges evaluating restaurants according to four different criteria:
- Content: the robust variety of wines on the list, including wine available by glass; innovative and original wine selections, and the selection of cultivated hybrid variety wines sourced from appropriate regions
- Balance: a harmonious blend of modest and exclusive priced wines; a range of established and new brand varieties; and an assortment of local and imported collections
- Suitability: the equitableness of the wine list with the cuisine as it relates to the image of the restaurant
- Presentation: accuracy of the wine list presentation according to vintages, regions, accurate information, and a clear design that is easy to read and navigate
Based on final scores from the judging panel, the award categories range from Diamond and Platinum to Gold and Silver with Diamond status being recognized as the highest accolade for restaurants. The 2016 Winelist awards recognized 55 restaurants with Diamond status out of 229 restaurant entries.
We congratulate all of this year’s Diners Club® Winelist Award winners, including the Regional Diamond Award Winners for 2016:
Restaurant Mosaic – Voted Best in Gauteng
Aubergine Restaurant – Voted Best in Western Cape
Henry White’s Restaurant @ Fancourt Hotel – Voted Best in Eastern Cape
Hartford House – Voted Best in Kwa-Zulu Natal
To see the full list and the individual awards for all of the 2016 winners go to: Diners Club South Africa.
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