This hidden gem in Franschhoek has won Winery of the Year



The award season is in the middle of the season in the gastronomy and culinary industry with Winery of the Year.

Earlier this week the Winemaker and Young Winemaker Awards were presented on Saturday 19th November at the five star Arabella Hotel and Spa in Kleinmond, Hermanus, Western Cape.

Winemaker of the Year (a Sauvignon Blanc) went to Conrad Vlok and Young Winemaker of the Year was awarded to Jerome van Rooi in the red wines category. Many wine lovers wonder which winery is the winery of the year.

Winery of the Year

Wildeberg in Franschoek, Western Cape, a 350 year old wine region with a range of exceptional wines, not only offers beautiful views but has also been named Winery of the Year by WineMag.co.za.

Wildeberg was highly rated by the jury and the winery’s 2021 Wildeberg white wine (Semillon) was rated 94 out of 100, as were its other wines, five of which were ranked in the top 10.

The other five wines were Wildeberg Red 2021 (96 points), Coterie by Wildeberg Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (94 points), Coterie by Wildeberg Grenache/Syrah 2021 (94 points), Coterie by Wildeberg Chenin Blanc/Grenache Blanc 2021 (91 points ) and the humble Tea Leaf 2021 (91 points).

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JD Rossouw, a winemaker in Wildeberg, said they were “delighted” with their team’s recognition.

“…as well as all the amazing vineyard partners who make it possible every year. Without their hard work and attention to detail we would be just another bottle on the table!”

Rossouw’s experience at Wildeberg since 2017 has earned him great recognition in the wine industry. He has been tasked with identifying locations throughout the Western Cape to engage the area in winemaking and he is living up to that task.

The Western Cape is known for its great wine and food, the winery is also a manor house and farm cottage which hosts ‘with a view’ wine tastings which can be booked in advance.

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