Entries for the 2024 Diners Club Winelist Awards have officially opened, and licensed restaurants throughout South Africa have until 16:00 on 27 June to submit their entries.

The Diners Club Winelist Awards, which have honoured the best wine lists in the country for three decades, have become a benchmark for excellence. Highly regarded by both the restaurant and wine industries, these annual awards inspire and reward food and wine‐serving establishments that consistently aim to improve the standard of the wine lists presented to their patrons. Each year, restaurants are offered a golden opportunity to showcase their expertly curated wine lists, gain recognition, elevate their restaurants’ prestige, and attract discerning diners.

When the De Krans team produced the first Premium White Moscato Perlé in South Africa in 2012 they couldn’t have anticipated the popularity this style of wine would achieve with the South African consumer. Following the success of the White Moscato, they continued their innovation when they launched the Premium Red Moscato Perlé in 2017, followed by the Premium Rosé Moscato Perlé in 2021.

Winemaking is an ancient craft, yet it consistently tells a tale of reinvention and manages to maintain its allure in contemporary society. Imbued with intrigue, wine’s life force depends on winemakers with an adventurous vinous spirit and the pioneering nerve to chart new paths to ensure that wine continues to spark curiosity. These character traits are entrenched in the DNA of the Malan family of Simonsig Family Vineyards.

The vibrant spirit of Mexican culture has begun filling the air as Cinco De Mayo slowly approaches and what better way to celebrate than with a glass of Don Julio tequila in hand. The iconic Mexican brand embodies the essence of quality, tradition, and craftsmanship, making it the perfect companion for honouring this historic day.

South Africa, Stellenbosch, 8 May 2024 2024: A pioneering alliance has been established by Stellenbosch’s finest chefs with the aim of fostering next-level creativity and collaboration. Spearheaded by Shaun Scrooby of VUUR Restaurant and Bertus Basson, a household name in South African foodie circles, the Onderstok food creative furthermore seeks to nurture talent and push the boundaries of culinary innovation. 

A slice of bliss! Inspired by the essence of Peach Fuzz, Roodeberg invites you to share a ‘slice of bliss’ with a beautifully conceptualised Vanilla Peach Fuzz Ombre Cake, paired with Roodeberg Classic Rosé 2023. With its sunny disposition, both in colour and spirit, this pairing elicits joy and makes for a perfect treat to enhance the closeness and celebration of special days in May, such as Mother’s Day!

Get out those diaries and open those calendars to save these red-letter days!

The 40th annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction is set to take place on Friday 4 and Saturday, 5 October 2024 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. As always, we will be counting down to this South African wine calendar highlight with several events and tasting opportunities.