Franschhoek Wine Valley

Franschhoek Vignerons once again included in the ‘ultimate’ wine list

The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition, which was conceptualized in 2015, has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers, and the winning wines for 2019 were recently announced with seven Franschhoek vignerons shining in their relevant categories.

The vignerons who secured spots on the prestigious ‘ultimate’ wine list were the following:

ECONOMICALLY SAVVY PINKS

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Rosé 2019

ELEGANT & CLASSY WHITES

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017

PINKS

Boschendal The Rose Garden Rosé 2019

 ELEGANT & CLASSY REDS

La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2017
Babylonstoren Babel 2018
Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2014

VOLUPTUOUS & RICH REDS

Old Road Wine Co. The Butcher and Cleaver 2015

VINTAGE FIZZ

La Motte Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2016

Furthermore, Plaisir de Merle was named as one of the Stand Out Wines for the Grand Plaisir 2014 in its relevant category, which reaffirms Franschhoek as a leading wine region.

The panel of sommeliers taste the entries blind in their relevant categories, only knowing vintage and price point, before discussing the wines and deciding if they fulfill the criteria of being placed on the Sommeliers Selection “ultimate” wine list.”

This year, the Sommeliers Selection Competition Chairman and current board member of The South African Sommeliers Association, Joakim Hansi Blackadder chaired the judging panel. Joakim was joined on the panel by:

  • Wikus Human
  • Tinashe Nyamudoka
  • Chantelle Gous
  • Wayve Kolevsohn
  • Esmé Groenewald
  • Barry Scholfield
  • Pearl Oliver-Mbumba
  • Joseph Dhafana

This year more than 400 wines from the country’s top wine estates were entered into the contest.

For a full list of the results and more info visit www.thesommeliersselection.co.za.


Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za