{news} Diners Club celebrates it’s annual Winelist Awards

Diners Club celebrated its coveted Winelist Awards with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Southern Cape during September – kicking off with the Western Cape event which took place at The Forum Embassy Hill in Constantia, followed by events at The Venue Green Park in Gauteng, 9th Avenue Waterside in KwaZulu-Natal and Monet’s at Fancourt in George.

The 2019 winners of the Icon, Diamond, Platinum and Gold Award Winners – for Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West Province, Southern/Eastern Cape and Western Cape – are listed below. Only three National Winelist Awards were handed out this year: to the two Icon Award winners in Gauteng – Restaurant Mosaic, The Orient Boutique Hotel in Pretoria and the Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa in Sandhurst – and the National Golf Course Winelist Award (a new award this year) which went to Stellenbosch Golf Course.  

The Icon Award, introduced in 2018, is awarded to restaurants that have met all the requirements of a Diamond List and in addition their list carries an extensive international selection; excellent wines in multiple categories as well as an impressive reserve or vintage selection; a deep interest in wine curation; and a sommelier on the floor by default. These are lists of true international stature and represent the peak of wine presentation.


Diamond Award Winners

Azure, The 12 Apostles Hotel, Oudekraal, Camps Bay
Bientang’s Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar, Hermanus
Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Clanwilliam
Casabella at The Sanctuary, Somerset West
Cavalli, Stellenbosch
Delaire Graff Restaurant, Stellenbosch
Ellerman House, Bantry Bay
Grootbos Lodge, Gansbaai
Indochine Restaurant at Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch
Karibu Restaurant, V&A Waterfront
Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale
La Colombe, Constantia
La Residence Hotel, Franschhoek
Noop, Paarl
The Hussar Grill Camps Bay
The Hussar Grill Worcester

Platinum Award Winners

Casabella GrandWest, Goodwood
Cattle Baron De Waterkant, Cape Town
French Connection Bistro, Franschhoek
Gallery Café, Prince Albert, Klein Karoo
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Gansbaai
Stellenbosch Golf Club (National Award)
Swartberg Country Manor, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo
The Conservatory, The Cellars-Hohenort, Constantia
The Forum Embassy Hill, Constantia
The Hussar Grill Durbanville
The Hussar Grill Franschhoek
The Hussar Grill Grand West
The Hussar Grill Mouille Point
The Hussar Grill Paarl
The Hussar Grill Rondebosch
The Hussar Grill Somerset West
The Hussar Grill Steenberg
The Hussar Grill Stellenbosch
The Hussar Grill Willowbridge
The Marine Hotel, Hermanus
Turn ‘n Tender Somerset West
Viande Grande Roche, Paarl

Gold Award Winners

Bistro @ La Vierge, Hermanus
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Cape Town
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Cavendish, Claremont
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Paarl
Den Anker, V&A Waterfront
Life Grand Café, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
The Shelley Point Hotel & Spa, St Helena Bay

Restaurant Mosaic Icon Award
L to R Mpfuxi Shibambo (Head Finance Standard Bank), Annerie van der Merwe (Restaurant Mosaic), Kevin Lomax (Head Merchants Diners Club), Moses Magwaza (Restaurant Mosaic), Esh Naidoo (MD Diners Club SA)
Saxon Hotels Villas & Spa Icon Award L to R Mpfuxi Shibambo (Head Finance Standard Bank), Tumelo Moreo (Saxon), Kevin Lomax (Head Merchants Diners Club), Brian Nyamara (Saxon), Esh Naidoo (MD Diners Club SA), Thato Goimane (Saxon)


Icon Award Winners (National Awards)

Restaurant Mosaic, The Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria
Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa, Sandhurst

Diamond Award Winners

Budmarsh Country Lodge, Magaliesberg
Carnivore, Muldersdrift
Dolci Café, Craighall
DW 11-13, Dunkeld West
Epicure Restaurant, Sandton
Forti Grill & Bar, Pretoria
Geet Indian Restaurant, Pretoria
Heat Grill Room, Pretoria
Kievits Kroon Country Estate, Pretoria
Luca’s, Sunninghill
Misty Hills, Muldersdrift
Priva Lounge, Pretoria
The Blue Train
Verdicchio, Montecasino, Fourways
Villa Bianca, Kempton Park

Platinum Award Winners

Afrique Boutique Hotel, Boksburg
Amuse Bouche, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, Sandton
Bellagio, Illovo
Café 41 Eastwood, Hatfield, Pretoria
Café 41 Groenkloof, Pretoria
Café 41 Menlo Park, Pretoria
Casabella Mall of Africa, Midrand
Casabella Montecasino, Fourways
Casabella Woodlands, Pretoria
Chaplin’s Grill, Mellville
Il Gusto Ristorante, Boksburg
Thava Norwood
The Forum Company
The Godfather Restaurant, Pretoria
The Hussar Grill Montecasino, Fourways
The Hussar Grill Morningside, Rivonia
The Hussar Grill The Grove, Pretoria East
The Hussar Grill Waterfall Corner, Midrand
The Residence Hotel, Houghton
Tony’s Spaghetti & Grill, Randburg
Turn ‘n Tender Bassonia, Midrand
Turn ‘n Tender Bedfordview
Turn ‘n Tender Boksburg
Turn ‘n Tender Bryanston
Turn ‘n Tender Cresta, Randburg
Turn ‘n Tender Dainfern, Midrand
Turn ‘n Tender Illovo
Turn ‘n Tender Jean Avenue, Centurion
Turn ‘n Tender Kolonnade, Pretoria
Turn ‘n Tender Loftus Park, Pretoria
Turn ‘n Tender Menlyn Maine, Pretoria
Turn ‘n Tender,Midstream, Centurion
Turn ‘n Tender Parktown North
Turn ‘n Tender Ruimsig, Roodepoort
Turn ‘n Tender Vaal
Turn ‘n Tender Vereeniging
Turn’ n Tender Waterfall, Midrand

Gold Award Winners

011 Gin Bar, Johannesburg
Bowl’d Restaurant, Sandton
Bryanston Country Club
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Atholl
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Brooklyn – Pretoria
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Bryanston
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Centurion
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Dainfern, Midrand
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Eastgate
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Emperors Palace, Kempton Park
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Gold Reef City
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Hyde Park
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Lynnwood, Pretoria
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Mall of the South, Alberton
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Montecasino, Fourways
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Northcliff
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Northgate, Randburg
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Parkview, Pretoria
Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Silverstar Casino, Muldersdrift
Doppio Zero, Johannesburg
Erawan Thai Restaurant, Bryanston
Life Grand Café Aspen Hills
Life Grand Café Hazelwood, Pretoria
Life Grand Café Mall of Africa, Midrand
Life Grand Café Woodmead, Sandton
Kraal Restaurant, Glenvista
Le Wine Chambre, Illovo
Saigon Restaurant, Rivonia
Thava Montecasino – Fourways
The Baron Bedfordview
The Baron Fourways
The Baron Kyalami
The Baron Sandown
The Baron Woodmead, Sandton


Platinum Award Winner

De Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa, Bloemfontein


Diamond Awards

9th Avenue Waterside, Durban Harbour
Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els
The Chef’s Table, Umhlanga Rocks
Hartford House Hotel, Mooi River
Surf Riders Café, South Beach Durban
The Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks

Platinum Awards

Café 1999, Durban
Casabella Pearl Walk, Umhlanga Rocks
Fordoun Hotel & Spa, Nottingham Road, Midlands
The Hussar Grill Gateway, Umhlanga Ridge
The Hussar Grill Kloof
Three Tree Hill, Bergville
Turn n Tender – Ballito
Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone


Platinum Award Winner

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg District


Diamond Award Winner

Zest Restaurant, Nelspruit/Mbombela

Platinum Award Winners

Rissington Inn, Hazyview
Turn ‘n Tender, Nelspruit/Mbombela


Platinum Award Winner

Kimberley Anne Small Luxury Hotel, Kimberley


Diamond Award Winner

Kedar Heritage Lodge, Rustenburg

Platinum Award Winner

Casabella Sun City


Diamond Award Winners

Umngazi River Bungalows, Wild Coast

Platinum Award Winners

Pumba Private Game Reserve – Bush Lodge, Highlands, Makana Municipality
Pumba Private Game Reserve – Water Lodge, Highlands, Makana Municipality
Chatter’s Bistro, Knysna
De Viswijf Restaurant, Jeffrey’s Bay
Dune Ridge Country House, St Francis Bay
Hacklewood Hill Country House, Port Elizabeth
Hopefield Country House, Sundays River Valley Addo
Hunter Hotel Group, Plettenberg Bay
Laird’s Lodge Country Estate, Jeffrey’s Bay
The Fat Fish Restaurant, George
The Fat Fish Restaurant Plettenberg Bay
The Hussar Grill Walmer, Port Elizabeth
The Hussar Grill George
The Sands @ St Francis Bay
The Verandah Beach Hotel, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 

Gold Award Winner

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth

The Diners Club Winelist Awards have honoured the best wine lists in the country for over two decades and attract restaurants eager to gain recognition for the energy and attention they put into their wine lists. 2019 saw a year-on-year entry growth of over 10% – this reflects that an ever-growing number of establishments and patrons appreciate that the perfect meal is greatly enhanced by a fine wine to match.

This year, 205 restaurants from around the country submitted wine lists for judging by a select panel led by publisher of the Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide, Jean-Pierre Rossouw.

“It’s clear that dining establishments are giving their wine lists ever-more attention, and a trend that I’d really like to applaud is the growing number of wine stewards and sommeliers that curate and present the lists,” says Rossouw. “It’s also encouraging to note the number of establishments offering a wider choice of wines by the glass.”

The Diners Club Winelist Awards are a benchmark for excellence in the restaurant industry and it was encouraging to see as many as 47 restaurants countrywide achieving Diamond status this year.

Diners Club has a long history of supporting the wine industry. The response to this annual competition confirms the high standard of restaurants around the country and the significant choice our cardholders have when it comes to eating out.

In addition to Head Judge JP Rossouw, the judging panel comprised leading experts, Pete Goffe-Wood, Spencer Fondaumiere, Karin Visser and James Mukosi.

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