Franschhoek Wine Valley

Franschhoek Vignerons Shine At Platters

After months of anticipation the wait is finally over. The 2020 Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide was launched on Friday, 8 November to a room full of industry and media heavyweights, and once again Franschhoek Vignerons took top honours in most of the categories as well as earning the coveted 5-star rating for no less than 14 wines.

Top Performing Winery of the Year awarded to Mullineux Wines. Photo credit:

Topping the list was Mullineux Wines who were named Top Performing Winery of the Year, winning this title for the fourth time. In addition their Granite Syrah 2017 and Straw Wine 2018 not only received a 5-star rating, but were also each awarded Wines of the Year.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Cabernet Franc 2013 and Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif Semillon 2016 were also awarded Wines of the Year in their respective categories. Also, sharing the Wine of the Year spotlight were the Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2017 and Rickety Bridge’s The Pilgrimage Semillon 2017.

A total of 125 5-star ratings were awarded to wines regarded as “South African classics” as well as scoring 95 points or more on the internationally recognised 100-point scale.

The deserving 5-star Franschhoek wines were as follows:

Cabernet Franc

Anthonij Rupert 2013


Boekenhoutskloof CWG Auction Reserve Syrah 2017

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2017

Mullineux Granite Syrah 2017

Mullineux Iron Syrah 2017

Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2017


Leeu Passant CWG RadicalesLibres2014

Leeu Passant Stellenbosch 2017


Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif 2016

Rickety Bridge The Pilgrimage 2017

White Blends, Other

Mullineux Old Vines 2018

Méthode Cap Classique

Le Lude Agrafe 2013

Le Lude Vintage Magnum 2013

Vin de Paille

Mullineux Straw Wine 2018

While the Vignerons performed exceedingly well on the evening another highlight to remember was Editor’s Award Winery of the Year for 2020, which was awarded to Boekenhoutskloof. This accolade is awarded to editor Philip van Zyl’s personal commendation of a producer’s unrelenting focus on crafting wines that are not only superlative but also produced with enough consistency, depth and scale to be significant internationally.

For more information on the industry’s authoritative guide, which is due for release later this month, visit

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’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • 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

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62 Huguenot Road

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