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South Africa’s finest wine list restaurants as judged by independent sommeliers and consumer experts

Top 100 SA Wines Wine List Challenge Award Winners

Top 100 is now delighted to share publically the eagerly awaited results of the Top 100 SA Wine List Challenge 2012. The launch event was held at 5-star Rodwell House, St James, Cape Town with canapés and bubbly accompanying the certificate ceremony.

We have pleasure in sharing the images of the event with you

Congratulations to the winning QUALITY AWARD establishments listed alphabetically by location:

  • Inspirational (91 - 100/100 points)
  • Outstanding (66 – 90/100 points)
  • Excellent (41 – 65/100 points)
  • Highly Regarded (30 – 40/100 points)
Restaurant
Award Type / Category
Region

96 Winery Road

Inspirational
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.96wineryroad.co.za

96 Winery Road

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.96wineryroad.co.za

Arpeggio Ristorante

Highly Regarded
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.arpeggio.co.za

Aubergine Restaurant

Inspirational
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.aubergine.co.za

Azure Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.12apostleshotel.com/dining/dining/azure

Bientang's Cave Restaurant

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.bientangscave.com/

Bientang's Cave Restaurant

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.bientangscave.com/

Blue Water Café

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.bluewatercafe.co.za

Blue Water Café

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.bluewatercafe.co.za

Bosman's Restaurant

Inspirational
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.granderoche.com

Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.bushmanskloof.co.za

Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.bushmanskloof.co.za

Café del Sol

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.cafedelsol.co.za

Cafe del Sol

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.cafedelsol.co.za

Capelands Restaurant Mangiare

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.capelands.com/en/restaurant.html

Capelands Restaurant Mangiare

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.capelands.com/en/restaurant.html

Dear Me

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.dearme.co.za

Fishmonger Centurion

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.food24.com/Restaurants-and-Bars/Restaurants/Fishmonger-Centurion-20080418

Fishmonger Centurion

Good Value

French Toast Wine & Tapas Bar

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.frenchtoastwine.com

Hemingway's Restaurant & Wine Cellar

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.hemingwaysrestaurant.co.za

Hemingway's Restaurant & Wine Cellar

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.hemingwaysrestaurant.co.za

Karibu Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.kariburestaurant.co.za

Karibu Restaurant

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.kariburestaurant.co.za

Kitima at The Kronendal

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.kitima.co.za

Kitima at The Kronendal

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.kitima.co.za

La Pentola

HighlyRegarded
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.lapentola.co.za/lapentola

Pigalle Restaurants - Bedfordview

Highly Regarded
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.pigallerestaurants.co.za

Pigalle Restaurants - Melrose Arch

Highly Regarded
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.pigallerestaurants.co.za

Pigalle Restaurants Sandton

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.pigallerestaurants.co.za

Pride of India

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.dining-out.co.za/member_menu.asp?MemberID=1982

Prosopa Restaurant

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.wininganddining.co.za/gauteng/pretoria/waterkloof-heights/prosopa

Prosopa Restaurant

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.wininganddining.co.za/gauteng/pretoria/waterkloof-heights/prosopa

Restaurant Mosaic

Inspirational
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.restaurantmosaic.com

Restaurant Mosaic

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.restaurantmosaic.com

Reuben's (One & Only Cape Town)

Inspirational
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com/cuisine/reubens.aspx

Reuben's Restaurant & Bar

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.reubens.co.za

Sofia's at Morgenster

Highly Regarded
Category  Quality Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.morgenster.co.za

The Grill Room

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Kwa-Zulu Natal Web  www.oysterboxhotel.co.za

The Raj Indian Restaurant

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.theraj.co.za

TSG 4Ways Mediterranean Grill Café

Highly Regarded
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.tsg4ways.co.za

Verdicchio Restaurant & Wine Cellar

Excellent
Category  Quality Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.verdicchio.co.za

Verdicchio Restaurant & Wine Cellar

Good Value
Category  Value Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.verdicchio.co.za

Zachary's Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Quality Award Region  Eastern Cape Web  www.zacharys.co.za

Zinzi Restaurant

Highly Regarded
Category  Quality Award Region  Eastern Cape Web  www.hunterhotels.com/tsalatreetoplodge/?c=231&d=Dining+at+Zinzi

Highly regarded QUALITY AWARD judges included Higgo Jacobs, Mia Martensson, Kent Scheermeyer, Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright and Chairman Jörg Pfützner.

Pfützner quotes ' The impeccable 100 point scoring system placed objectivity at the fore. The winners are entirely appropriate given the discipline of judging process.'

Added Jacobs ' The time and attention given to each list and entry form is unparalleled in SA and marks the professionalism of the Top 100 approach to aiding quality assessment in the wine and hospitality industry.'

A topical innovation was the inclusion of a VALUE AWARDS category with consumer specialist judges Maryna Strachan, Dax Villanueva and Harry Haddon in attendance too.

Dax and Strachan concurred, stating 'It's highly appropriate to put the consumer first by assessing carefully the absolute value of good quality wines on each list. To earn a VALUE AWARD, establishments had to achieve a minimum score of 80% of the criteria. Very hard to achieve, a great accolade for the 13 winning restaurants.' Added Haddon ' this is a very prestigious award, and next year we will look with care at including relative value in addition to absolute value'

This is both a significant and a strategic step for the Top 100 business. The brand continues to build on its high ground position. Top 100 drives with assertion, vigour and effect the promotion of accessible fine-wines.

Winning restaurants and establishments will gain entry into the Top 100 2012 book edition along with the winning vineyards. They will also promote the Top 100 books via in-house bookstands, as do vineyards. Similar marketing and promotional efforts will apply consistently across both restaurant and vineyard stakeholder groups. The books are distributed throughout SA through over 500 venues as well as in the UK, EU and USA.

CEO Robin von Holdt noted: 'The 33 quality awards winning establishments are at the top of their game. The Wine List protocol and judging strategy contained unique and valuable innovations designed to demyth the bunk. It aids both establishments, as well as the consumer, to make sound decisions that are based on accuracy and on simple fact. The judging panels unquestionably represent the pinnacle of SA's consulting sommelier talent. The Top 100 SA Wines - 'Wine List Challenge' will undoubtedly become the premier annually judged wine list event in South Africa.' Read more

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