The essential guide to wineries of Stellenbosch and the Helderberg
South Africa is now producing more than 7,000 wine brands, from more than 580 wine cellars, with new brands and cellars emerging weekly. The heart of the South African wine industry is Stellenbosch and more than 180 wineries and wine producers surround the beautiful town.
Use the Wine Reviews tab above to access wine scores and reviews of individual producers
More than 4,700 wines
More than 180 wineries and wine producers
- Tasting notes and scores by David March CWM
- How much to expect to pay and when to drink each wine
- Includes past vintages
- Includes discontinued wines
- New wine scores and reviews being added constantly
- Stellenbosch’s Top Winery based on wine scores
- Top Red and White Wines
- Top 20 wines and Top 20 Good Value Wines
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Each wine tasted is given a score out of 100. The score is made up of key elements, such as colour, aromas and taste. Wines are assessed as objectively as possible, based on years of experience, judging and academic foundation.
There are several methods of scoring wines, but I have chosen the 100 point system as it is recognised worldwide and gives a clear picture of the quality of the wine.
Also included in the Review is a guide price that you might expect to pay for the wine. Prices are in Rands.
R – expect to pay up to R100 for this wine
RR – expect to pay under R200
RRR – expect to pay between R200 and R400
RRRR – expect to pay more than R400
It is wrong to think that South African wines cannot keep, many improve over the years and some will keep for decades, provided they are kept in reasonable conditions.
The Stellenbosch Wine Review gives a recommended drinking range for each wine. These ranges are based on winemaker’s opinion and comment and my assessment of the wine and the vintage.
Green highlight = optimum drinking period
Red highlight = wine may be past its best
The Review includes many wines which have become discontinued. This unique feature recognizes that those wines may still be available and that many may still have them at home. Such wines may be past their best (indicated by red colouring) but many will still be enjoyable and because of this they are included.
The Stellenbosch Wine Review allows you access to all related articles written by me about the wine industry, wine people and wine places around Stellenbosch and published on www.wine.co.za
Top Winery and Top Wines
The Stellenbosch Wine Review is constantly updated, with wines being added weekly and scores are correlated to reveal the Top Stellenbosch Winery, the Top Wines and the Top Good Value Wines. Refer to those pages to see the scoring method.
More than 30 Stellenbosch wines achieve 5 stars in Platters 2019
Successes for Warwick, Spier and Beyerskloof at the 2018 IWSC Awards
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015 scores 100points in the Tim Atkin MW Wine Report
Article: ‘Ansela. the slave, the love story and the wine farm’
Interview with winemaker Ian Naude in ‘Wine Articles’
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 scores 94 points
Nic Van Aarde to be Oldenburg’s new winemaker
New wine from Pieter van der Merwe
Yonder Hill completes its remodelling and offers a great tasting experience
Latest Wines Reviewed:
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Pre-releases
Kruger Family Wines Migliarina
MAN Vintners Kleine Zalze
Fort Simon Rainbow’s End
Journey’s End Blackwater Wines
Annandale The Key Merlot 2004 (94pts)