The best wines in South Africa

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) has released its ranking of the top wine producers in South Africa, and the leading brand in each wine category.

The SAWi compares and condenses results from 84 multinational competitions, reviews and listings, and acknowledges the nature of the competition and additional accolades bestowed on a wine, expressing all the data as a single number out of 100.

“Through SAWi’s Mathematical algorithm patterns are recognized making it easy to distinguish wines which are consistently accepted as exceptional. Most importantly, it allows a comparison of like with like,” the group said.

The overall SAWi Index sat at 87.4 in the 2015 listing, down from 88.1 in 2014.

Using a score of 93 as the benchmark, wines scoring above that are considered part of the “Grand Collection’. All winners are in this category.

Of the 585 wineries considered, the SAWi ‘Grand­ Wines Collection’ currently includes only 197 wines, representing 89 wineries.

For the second time in five years Saronsberg Cellar took the top honours at the awards. In 2010 the cellar first received the trophy for winery of the year before having won the trophy for best red wine producer in 2013.


These are South Africa’s 10 best wine producers (average scores for top three white & red wines):

# Cellar Score
1 Saronsberg Cellar 98.09
2 Bouchard Finlayson 96.42
3 Jordan Wine Estate 96.29
4 Hamilton Russell Vineyards 96.25
5 KWV Mentors Range 95.48
6 Rustenberg Wines 95.47
7 Rijks Private Cellar 95.21
8 Groot Constantia Estate 95.10
9 Constantia Glen 95.08
10 Spier 95.02

These are the best wines in South Africa

SA Top Wines (click to enlarge)
SA Top Wines (click to enlarge)
Category Brand
Bordeaux Blend Kanonkop Estate Paul Sauer Cabernet Cab Franc Merlot
Brandy (shared accolades) KWV 20 Year Old Brandy
Laborie Alambic Brandy
Van Ryn’s 12 Year Old Brandy
Cabernet Sauvignon Le Riche Wines Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Cape Port De Krans Cape Tawny Port
Chardonnay Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc Stellenrust 49 Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented
Dessert Wine Paul Cluver Estate Wines Riesling Noble Late Harvest
Fortified Wine KWV Vintage White Jerepigo
Merlot Veenwouden Private Cellar Merlot
Méthode Cap Classique Pongracz Desiderius Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Pinotage Rijk’s Reserve Pinotage
Pinot Noir Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Red Blend (other) Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Sangiovese Pinot Noir
Rhone Blend Saronsberg Cellar Full Circle Shiraz
Mourvedre Viognier
Sauvignon Blanc Kleine Zalze Wines Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon Ghost Corner Semillon
Shiraz Cederberg Private Cellar Teen Die Hoog Shiraz
Sweet Wine Klein Constantia Vin de Constance
Viognier Saronsberg Cellar Viognier

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