Diners Club Winelist Award Winners @DinersClubSA #WineJoziStyle


A total of 92 restaurants in Gauteng have been awarded the sought-after Diners Club Winelist Award. The annual awards, which are more than two decades old, recognise eateries that take great care in in their wine selection and pairing of food with wine.

This year saw a variation of restaurants vying for top honours including Brasseries and Bistros, Cafés, chain restaurants, destination and fining dining eateries.

Thirty-eight (38) restaurants achieved diamond status, the highest accolade with a total score of 91% or higher, while 19 restaurants were awarded platinum, gold winners tallied at 33 and silver at 2.

The Diners Club Winelist Awards do not only attract restaurants eager to gain recognition for their class and style, it also attracts an ever growing number of patrons who understand that the perfect meal is greatly enhanced by a matching fine wine.

This year a panel of judges led by by veteran wine critic and author Dave Hughes assessed hundreds of restaurant menus that had been submitted by licensed local restaurants that met the entry criteria.

Commenting on the quality of the entries, head judge Dave Hughes said: “Each year it becomes increasingly difficult to select the best restaurants that offer outstanding wine lists. However, the cream always rises to the top and this year has been no different. The winning restaurants are tenacious, almost pedantic, in ensuring that their offering continues to excite the palettes of their customers.”

The Diners Club Winelist Awards acknowledge excellence in participating restaurants in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western and Eastern Cape.

How restaurants are judged:

Restaurant wine lists are evaluated according to four criteria:

· Content: Content includes the number of wines on the list, number of wines served by the glass, original and innovative choices, and cultivars sourced from appropriate regions.

· Balance: Balance relates to the relationship between modestly and expensively priced wines, overall value, presence of local and imported varieties, and balance between established and new labels.

· Suitability: Suitability measures the suitability of the wine list with the cuisine, as well as the fit with the image of the restaurant.

· Presentation: Presentation is judged according to vintages, regions, accurate information, correct spelling and a clear design that is easy to read and navigate.

· Dave Hughes – Veteran wine critic and author

· Fiona McDonald – South African wine journalist

· Winnie Bowman – Cape Wine Master

· Kristina Beuthner – Principal of the Cape Wine Academy

· Neil Grant – Chairman of the S.A. Sommeliers’ Association

· Nikki Dumas – Wine list design specialist

Gauteng Diners Cub Winelist Award Winners:

Ritrovo Ristorante
Priva Gastrolounge
Restaurant Mosaic
Heat Grill Room
Southern Sun Hyde Park
Cynthia’s Indigo Moon
Geet Indian Restaurant
De Oude Kraal Country Estate
Verdiccio Restaurant
Saxon Hotel
Walkersons Hotel & Spa
The Godfather Restaurant
Villa Bianca
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa
Browns of Rivonia
Signature Brooklyn
Signature Morningside
Thomas Maxwell Bistro
Turn ‘n Tender Steakhouse Bryanston
Turn ‘n Tender Steakhouse Bassonia
Turn ‘n Tender Steakhouse Boksburg
Turn ‘n Tender Steakhouse Illovo
Turn ‘n Tender Steakhouse Parktown
Turn n’ Tender Steakhouse Bedfordview
Turn ‘n Tender Steakhouse Dainfern
Budmarsh Country Lodge
Café 41 Rigel
Café 41 Eastwood
Café 41 Groenkloof
Prosopa Restaurant
Sheikhs Palace
Sheraton Hotel Pretoria
Chaplin’s Grill
Capeesh Restaurant
Kievits Kroon Country Estate – Granita Restaurant
The Raj Michelangelo Towers
The Raj Waterfall Corner
The Raj Monte Casino

Platinum Winners
The Meat Company – Melrose Arch
The Meat Company – Montecasino
Wangthai Sandton
La Pentola – Pretoria
Hemingway Restaurant & Wine Cellar
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Pigalle Melrose Arch
Pigalle Sandton
Pigalle Bedfordview
Kong Roast
Carnivore Restaurant
Summerhouse Restaurant
Mikes Kitchen Parktown
The Livingstone Room
Madikwe Hills Game Reserve
DW Eleven – 13 Restaurant
Ciao! Restaurant
The Farm Inn

Gold Winners
Il Gusto Ristorante
Pappa’s Real Food
Rissington Inn
So Yum Asian Cuisine
Prime Grill
Palace of the Lost City
The Maslow Hotel
Pronto Italian Restaurant
Afro-Boer Baker’s Café
Vivace Bar & Restaurant
Plaka – Cresta
Thava Indian Restaurant
LeSi Signature Restaurant
Grappino Bistro
The Forum Company
Kedar Heritage Lodge Conference Centre
The Grazing Room
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Atholl
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Benmore
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Brooklyn
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Bryanston
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Centurion
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Dainfern
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Emperors Palace
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Fairland
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Hyde Park
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Lynnwood
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Montecasino
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Northgate
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Silverstar Casino
Col’Cacchio pizzeria – Woodhill
Plaka – Eastgate

Silver Winners
Giles Restaurant

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