Vergelegen

 

According to the Great Wine Capitals Tourism Awards, Vergelegen is a must-see for Cape Town tourists! The 316-year-old estate has been awarded the 2017 Best of Wine Tourism, Cape Winelands for the 5th time. It’s quite an achievement because Since the awards started in 1999, there have been 3 845 entries and 574 winners, and no other property has won the international award as often as Vergelegen.

 

This year the awards programme attracted 359 entries, with 59 winners eventually emerging from the world’s greatest wine capitals including Bilbao-Rioja in Spain, Bordeaux in France, and Mainz/Rheinhessen in Germany. “Of course we’re tremendously pleased to be rated alongside some of the best estates in the world again. For us the real importance of the Great Wine Capitals awards programme is that it encourages and recognises wineries which invest in their historic, cultural and natural heritage and share these with visitors,’ says Don Tooth, CEO of Vergelegen.

 

In the past 14 years the Helderberg estate has earned over 200 accolades for its wines, restaurants as well as its environmental initiatives and investing in and maintaining its extensive 18th century gardens and historic buildings.

 

Its wines continue to garner local and international accolades with respected UK Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, scoring 15 of them at 90 or above in his 2016 South Africa Report, up from the 13 Vergelegen wines to achieve this in 2015. Of the 2016 wines, the 2012 V top scored with 95 points.

 

The estate’s Camphors restaurant is also earning its share of recognition, recently again being named as one of the top ten in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

 

“We’re not focused on awards,” says Tooth, “but they do help to confirm that we’re doing things right.”

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