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

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  • More than 6,400 wines scored and reviewed
  • 200 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
  • More than 6,400 wines scored and reviewed
  • 200 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.

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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

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Discontinued Wines

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.

Wine Articles

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.

Latest news

Beyerskloof 2017 Diesel Pinotage scores 96 points

Vergelegen V 2013 scores 95 points

Morgenster Estate Reserve 2013 scores 94 points

Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay scores 94 points

Haskell IV 2015 scores 95 points

2019 Top Producers announced:

Top Wine Producer 2019:  Deux Frères Wines

Runners Up 2019: Boschkloof, Edgebaston, Radford Dale

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New wines added: 

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Craven, Haskell, DeMorgenzon, DeWaal, Peter Falke, Rust en Vrede

2019 Top Wines Announced:

Top Red Wine 2019:  Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2017

Runners Up 2019:  Vilafonté  Series C 2017, Deux Frères Fraternité 2015, Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2016

Top White Wine 2019:  DeMorgenzon The Divas Chenin Blanc 2017

Runners Up 2019: Edgebaston Camino Africana Chenin Blanc 2018, Longridge Ou Steen Chenin Blanc 2016, Ken Forrester The FMC 2018