Diners Club Winelist Awards 2012

September 19, 2012
by Sasha van Zyl
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The Dinners Club Winelist Awards 2012 is a popular symbol amongst both restaurateurs and patrons alike. For restaurateurs because the Awards offer the symbol of excellence and achievement, for patrons because the Awards imply that an establishment has a great selection of original wines and will ensure an all-round dining experience.

Wine lists were critiqued on the following elements: creativity, choice offered, the range of price points offered, wines offered by the glass, the presence of boutique cellars, descriptions of the wines, guidance on suitable food and wine pairings, inclusion of vintages, and the overall impression, layout and legibility of the wine list.

This year’s judging panel was top-drawer and comprised of esteemed individuals, each with a keen appreciation for the integral part played by wine in any dining experience. MasterChef South Africa’s judge and renowned restaurant consultant Peter Goffe-Wood was joined by Marilyn Cooper, head of the Cape Wine Academy; Winestyle owner, Nikki Dumas; author of dining guide Rossouw’s Restaurants, JP Rossouw; as well as leading wine critics and judges Fiona McDonald and Christine Rudman. Also on this year’s panel – chaired by veteran wine critic and author David Hughes – was Matthew van Heerden, the reigning Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year


The Diners Club Wine list Awards 2012 for the Western Cape

Diamond Awards

96 Winery Road

Abalone House

Aubergine Restaurant

Azure Restaurant

Bientang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar

Bombay Brasserie

Bosman’s Restaurant

B’s Steak House

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness

Catharina’s at Steenberg Hotel

Dash Restaurant

Durbanville Golf Club

Ellerman House

Flavours Restaurant

Harveys at Winchester Mansions

Karibu Restaurant

La Colombe

Makaron Restaurant @ Majeka House

Manneaux Restaurant

Mint Restaurant


Rust en Vrede

Signal Restaurant

The Atlantic Grill – Table Bay Hotel

The Bayside Café

The Mount Nelson Hotel

The Plettenberg Hotel

The Square Restaurant

Tokara Restaurant

Zachary’s Restaurant

Platinum Awards

95 Keerom

Belthazar Restaurant


Blowfish Restaurant

Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Café Balducci’s

Carne SA

Chatters Bistro

City Grill Steakhouse

Cru Café

Den Anker Restaurant

Greek Fisherman

La Capannina

La Motte Wine Estate

La Pentola – Hermanus


Milkwood Restaurant

Panama Jacks Seafood Tavern

Peddlars on the Bend

Pembreys Bistro

Pistachio Restaurant

Simola Hotel, Country Club & Spa

Surval Boutique Olive Estate

The Garden Lounge

The George Restaurant

The Hussar Grill – Green Point

The Hussar Grill Camps Bay

The Hussar Grill Rondebosch

The Hussar Grill Steenberg

The Hussar Grill Stellenbosch

The Hussar Grill Willowbridge

The Slug and Lettuce – Newlands

The Wild Fig Restaurant

Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

Wild Peacock Food Emporium

Gold Awards

Caffe Mario

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Belvedere

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Blouberg

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Camps Bay

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Canal Walk

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Cape Town

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Cavendish

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Franschhoek

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Stellenbosch

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Westlake

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Willowbridge

Fabios Ristorante

French Connection Bistro

Jonkershuis Eatery – Constantia

Lemon Butta Restaurant

Mezepoli Camps Bay


Oyo Restaurant

Pomodoro Restaurant

Quayside Cabin

Rick’s Café Americain

Side Dish Theatre bistro

Taste Restaurant

The Roundhouse Restaurant

The Slug and Lettuce – Kloof Street

Silver Awards

Allora Ristorante – Franschhoek

Sage Restaurant



The Diners Club Wine list Awards 2012 for the Eastern Cape

Diamond Award

De Viswijf Restaurant

Platinum Awards

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Five Elements

Ginger The Restaurant

Woodall Country House

Gold Award

Herms Restaurant


Diners Club’s other category winners in the Cape include:

Best New Entry: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge (Eastern Cape)

Best Platinum: La Motte Wine Estate

Best Winelist: La Colombe

Best Wine Steward: Ewan Mackenzie (La Colombe)


The Diners Club Wine list Awards 2012 for Gauteng

Diamond Award

Browns of Rivonia

Budmarsh Country Lodge

Cafe Del Sol

Cybele Forest Lodge

Cynthia’s Indigo Moon

De Hoek Country House

Geet Indian Restaurant

Heat Grill Room

Kievits Kroon

La Pentola

Lombardy Boutique Hotel

Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Prosopa Restaurant

Prue Leith Restaurant

Restaurant Mosaic

Ritrovo Ristorante

Royal Malewane

Saxon Hotel

Signature Restaurant

Silver OrangeBistro

The Godfather Restaurant

The Raj Michelangelo

The Sheikh’s Palace

Verdicchio Restaurant

Platinum Award

41 River Walk

Café 41 Eastwood

Café 41 Groenkloof

Café 41 Hazelwood


Caraffa Restaurant

Ciao Restaurant

DW Eleven- 13

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa


Hemingway’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar

Kedar Country Lodge, Conference Centre & Spa

La Campagnola

Le Petit Sel

Lekgotla Restaurant

Marion on Nicol Hotel


Mike’s Kitchen Parktown Heritage

Plaka Restaurant Cresta

Plaka Restaurant Eastgate

Sel et Poivre

The Meat Company Melrose Arch

Villa Bianca

Walkersons Hotel & Spa

Zagora Grill Room

Gold Award

Chaplin’s Grill

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Atholl

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Benmore Gardens

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Brooklyn

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Bryanston

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Emperors Palace

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Fairland

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Lynwood

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Northgate

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Woodhill

Giles Restaurant

Mezepoli Melrose Arch

Orient Restaurant

Papa’s Real Food

Rissington Inn

The Farm Inn

The Forum Company

Silver Award

Piza e Vino


Other regions:

Free State

Platinum – Mattanu Private Game Reserve


Platinum – Tswalu Kalahari Reserve


Diamond – Zest Restaurant


Silver – Western Saloon Restaurant

North West

Diamond – Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve



Sasha van Zyl

I love wine – simple as that! I must be one of the luckiest people on earth as my job (web editor of this website) allows me to submerge myself in the world of South African wine each and every day. I hope you enjoy discovering our country’s best wines and wineland experiences with me.

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    totally agree with sasha.
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    Where can I get the info about Gauteng winners?

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