It’s that time of year again folks – The Diners Club Winelist Awards have been honouring the best wine lists in the country for over two decades.

And this year is no different. 225 restaurants from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng submitted wine lists for judging by a select panel led by Publisher of the Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide and convenor of the Winelist awards panel, Jean-Pierre Rossouw.

“This year we tightened the standards and set expectations higher – so kudos to the restaurants that rose to the challenge,” says Rossouw. “The Diamond award is becoming a more and more prestigious achievement and we congratulate the entrants that offer diners high quality winelists.”

Diners Club has a long history of supporting the wine industry. The response to this annual competition confirms the high standard of restaurants around the country and the significant choice our cardholders have when it comes to eating out. The Diners Club Winelist awards are a benchmark for excellence in the restaurant industry.

21 Kwa Zulu Natal restaurants were recognised this year, and awards were presented in Gold, Platinum and Diamond categories.

Seven restaurants received Diamond awards; 11 Platinum awards were presented, as well as three Golds.

‘We are delighted with our Award, enthused General Manager John de Canha “The essence of the Beverly Hills lies in culinary excellence, and this Diamond Award endorses the high standard set by Tsogo Sun. Our unique offering of rare auction wines, certainly enhance our Wine list. We look to welcoming our guests to experience for themselves.”

Below: Dustin Scott (Diners, KZN) and Nomande Dlamini (Beverly Hills)

Elaborating on the judging, JP Rossouw says: “As the premium Award, we expected Diamond lists to carry correct vintages throughout as well as offer diners a good selection of interesting wines in all styles. We also required reserve and international wines to be present on the list. As ever, good wine descriptions, or the presence of a sommelier, was vital.”

In addition to convenor, JP Rossouw, the judging panel comprised leading wine industry experts and media, including Neil Grant, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Roxan Waldeck, Tinashe Nyamudoka, Pete Goffe-Wood and Karen Visser.

The winners are as follows:

Diamond Awards

The Oyster Box Hotel – Best Diamond KZN

Beverly Hills Hotel

Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa

Hartford House

The View Boutique Hotel & Spa

Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Platinum Awards

9th Avenue Bistro

Butcher Boys

Casa Bella – Ballito

Casa Bella – Pearl Walk

Market Restaurant

Surf Riders

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

The Hussar Grill – Gateway

The Hussar Grill – Kloof

Three Trees at Spioenkop

Turn n Tender – Ballito

Gold Awards

Cargo Hold on the Promenade

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria – Gateway

La Vitae Restaurant

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