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

Top 100 SA Wine List Awards 2013

The Top 100 SA Wine List Award winners have been revealed. The eagerly awaited and hotly contested results are listed below.

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Alphabetical order of winning restaurants, by category:

Unique Awards

  • Best Overall Wine List 2013
  • Innovative Selection Award 2013
  • International Selection Award 2013
  • Regional Selection Award 2013

Fine Dining (long wine list)

  • Inspirational (95+%)
  • Outstanding (75+% - 95%)
  • Highly Regarded (55+% - 75%)


Relaxed Dining (short wine list)

  • Inspirational (90+%)
  • Outstanding (70+% - 90%)
  • Highly Regarded (50+% - 70%)


Restaurant
Award Type / Category
Region

Aubergine Restaurant

Inspirational
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.aubergine.co.za
 

Azure Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.12apostleshotel.com/dining/dining/azure
 

Babel Restaurant

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.babylonstoren.com/food
 

Bardelli’s (Kloof Street) – (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  
Best Value Award

Blake’s Restaurant

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.blakesbar.co.za
 

Blake’s Wine & Tapas Bar

Outstanding
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.blakesbar.co.za
 

Blake’s Wine & Tapas Bar

Innovative Selection Award 2013
Category  Unique Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.blakesbar.co.za
 

Bosman’s Restaurant

Inspirational
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.granderoche.com
 

Budmarsh Country Lodge

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.budmarsh.co.za
 

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.buffelsdrift.com
 

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.bushmanskloof.co.za
 

Café 1999

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Kwa-Zulu Natal Web  www.cafe1999.co.za
 

Café del Sol (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.cafedelsol.co.za
Best Value Award

Café Felix

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.cafefelix.co.za
 

Cantare Supper Club

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.cantare.co.za
 

Capelands Restaurant Mangiare

Outstanding
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.capelands.com
 

Capelands Restaurant Mangiare

International Selection Award 2013
Category  Unique Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.capelands.com/en/restaurant.html
 

Caraffa Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  
 

Caversham Mill Restaurant (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Kwa-Zulu Natal Web  www.cavershammill.co.za
Best Value Award

De Kloof Restaurant

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.dekloofrestaurant.co.za
 

De Oude Kraal Colonial Restaurant (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Free State Web  www.deoudekraal.com
Best Value Award

DW Eleven – 13

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.dw11-13.co.za
 

Fishmonger Centurion (Best value)

Outstanding
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  
Best Value Award

Harbour House Restaurant, Kalk Bay

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.harbourhouse.co.za/harbourhouse
 

Hartford House

Inspirational
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Kwa-Zulu Natal Web  www.hartford.co.za
 

Hemingway’s Restaurant and Wine Cellar (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.hemingwaysrestaurant.co.za
Best Value Award

Jakes on Summerley (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.jakes.co.za
Best Value Award

Karibu Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.kariburestaurant.co.za
 

La Colombe

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  
 

Orient Restaurant

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.thai-africa.co.za/orient
 

Pierneef à La Motte

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  
 

Poplars Restaurant

Regional Selection Award 2013
Category  Unique Award Region  Western Cape Web  www.daria.co.za/restaurant.htm
 

Poplars Restaurant (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.daria.co.za/restaurant.htm
Best Value Award

Rambling Vine Restaurant

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.mountgrace.co.za
 

Restaurant Mosaic

Best Overall Wine List 2013
Category  Unique Award Region  Gauteng Web  www.restaurantmosaic.com
 

Restaurant Mosaic (Best value)

Inspirational
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.restaurantmosaic.com
Best Value Award

Signal Restaurant at Cape Grace

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.capegrace.com
 

Sofia’s at Morgenster

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.morgenster.co.za/Restaurant.php
 

Su Casa Restaurant

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.surval.co.za
 

The Big Easy Restaurant (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.thebigeasyrestaurant.co.za
Best Value Award

The Bull Run Restaurant (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.thebullrun.co.za
Best Value Award

The Forum Company (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  
Best Value Award

The Grill Room at the Oyster Box Hotel

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Kwa-Zulu Natal Web  www.oysterboxhotel.co.za
 

The Raj Indian Restaurant, Sandton

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.theraj.co.za
 

The Square Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.vineyard.co.za/pages/the_square.htm
 

Tokara Restaurant

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.tokara.co.za
 

TSG 4 Ways (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.tsg4ways.co.za
Best Value Award

TSG The Cradle

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  
 

Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa (Best value)

Outstanding
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Eastern Cape Web  www.umngazi.co.za
Best Value Award

Wangthai Sandton

Highly Regarded
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Gauteng Web  www.wangthai.co.za
 

Wijnhuis Restaurant, Newlands (Best value)

Outstanding
Category  Relaxed Dining (short wine list) Region  Western Cape Web  www.wijnhuis.co.za
Best Value Award

Zachary’s

Outstanding
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Eastern Cape Web  www.zacharys.co.za
 

Zest Restaurant (Best value)

Highly Regarded
Category  Fine Dining (long wine list) Region  Mpumalanga Web  www.zestrestaurant.co.za
Best Value Award

Jörg Pfützner, Challenge Chair quoted: “The 100 point scoring system, together with independent audit, place objectivity and accuracy above all else. The winners are precisely those establishments most deserving. This categorical approach sets the standard and is the benchmark. It’s great also to have separated fine dining / long lists from relaxed dining / short lists. Both have a role and a need.”

Added Founder Judge Higgo Jacobs: “The time, attention and peer review process afforded to each entry is unparalleled. This professionalism and detail ensures that the results can aid restaurants to assess and develop their on-going wine and training strategy. This has solid commercial value.”

Best Value Awards were judged requiring a minimum pass level of 90+%, Dax Villanueva noted. “This category required real demonstration of effort and value that benefits customers; not easy to achieve! Last year a pass was 80% so this indicates our commitment to finding the best”

Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright was impressed by the level of national interest: “What is pleasing is to see how key establishments from all corners of SA are taking note of and committing to be part of the Top 100 Challenge. Very good news for the future of the brand and its diligent approach to ‘best practices’.”

International expert Mia Martensson was thrilled at the Unique Awards, with one winner only in each category for: Best Overall Wine List; Most Innovative Wine Selection, Best Regional Selection and Best International Selection. “Final judging for ‘Most Innovative’ was a nail biting event with a number of possible candidates fighting it out for sweet victory.”

No award was granted in the category Best New Restaurant Wine List.

Top 100’s Robin von Holdt recorded: “Entries are up almost 50% with a far higher average calibre, than last year. This is a strong and positive endorsement for our benchmark protocol and audited approach, as well as for the transparency and feedback that we offer establishments throughout SA. Giving every entrant an automatic award makes a mockery of any competition. There were a substantial number of establishments where judges were uncomfortable with issuing an award, resulting in the bar being set pretty high.”

The Top 100 brand is set to continue its growth in wine related promotion activity. Winning restaurants will gain entry into the Top 100 2013/14 book edition along with the Top 100 SA Wines 2013. There are already a number of promotional events planned throughout SA and abroad for 2013. Books are distributed throughout SA as well as in the UK, EU and USA.

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