The essential guide to wineries and wine producers
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 200
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 5,300 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 25 wines and Top 25 Good Value Wines
Scroll down for more details, latest news and the latest wine updates
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 Wine Producers and Top Wines
The Stellenbosch Wine Review is constantly updated, with wines being added weekly and scores are correlated to reveal the Top Stellenbosch Wine Producer, the Top Wines and the Top Good Value Wines. Refer to those pages to see the scoring method.
Article: 25 years of Stellenbosch wine, with Ken Forrester
Kleine Zalze named best New World Producer at the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA)
Article: Changes to the Cape Vintner Classification in the continued pursuit of excellence.
Boschkloof race to second in 2019 Top Producer stakes
Wines reviewed from the Stellenbosch Wine Festival
Article: Deux Frères: two brothers with a singular approach
Deux Freres leads the 2019 Top Stellenbosch Wine Producer
Top Wine Producer 2018: Longridge
Runners Up 2018: Raats, Boschkloof, Annandale, Kanonkop
Article: New dawn for Sulphur Free Wines
Latest Wines Reviewed
Boschkloof Epilogue 2017 scores 97 points & is 2nd in 2019 Top Producer
Deux Freres Liberte 2015 scores 96 points, and their Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points
Incredible Kottabos Grenache/Syrah hits 95 points from Boschkloof
Morgenster, Haskell and Thelema wines score 93 points
Miravel Vergeonoegd Löw Wine Estate
Top Red Wine 2018: Raats Eden HD SV Cabernet Franc 2015
Runners Up 2018: The High Road Director’s Reserve 2013, Spier Frans Smit 2012, Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2016
Top White Wine 2018: Longridge Clos du Ciel Chardonnay 2016
Runners Up 2018: Longridge Ou Steen Chenin Blanc 2015, Mulderbosch S2 Block Chenin Blanc 2017, Lanzerac Mrs English Chardonnay 2016