Awards

Gilbert & Gaillard
has been one of France's key wine guides for more than two decades. There have been more than 50 editions published over this time, the most recent editions in French, English, Chinese and Japanese.
Philippe Gaillard and François Gilbert began their joint career in publishing in 1989, as directors of a collection for Presses de la Cité, a major Paris publisher. In 1991 they began publishing their own wine guides and magazines. Today their work has blossomed into an international wine-focused multimedia group with correspondents living in France, Italy, Spain, China and the USA.
Philippe Gaillard was born into a winemaking family in Touraine in the Loire Valley. He studied winemaking and oenology, and later became sales director for major French wine distributor. François Gilbert has a PhD in Geography and is a viticulture specialist. He was a professor for 15 years before devoting himself to his passion for wine.
All wines rated by the Gilbert & Gaillard team are tasted blind, and marked according to the internationally popular 100-point scale. Click to read the original article and for more information about the duo and their publications is available from their website gilbertgaillard.com.

THE NATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE
Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine-only wine competition in SA, launched the industry’s most credible and popular 2018 winning wines results last night.

Congratulations to Alvi’s Drift Wine on their major win in the 2018 National Wine Challenge / Top 100. Winning wines gaining Double Platinum / Top 100 status awards, gained scores of between 91 and 96 / 100. Alvi’s Drift achieved... Click for more about these awards

CATAVINUM 2018
Congratulations Team Alvi’s Drift. What a great result for Catavinum 2018! The following wines all received Gold.

• Alvi’s Drift CVC Reserve 2016
• Alvi’s Drift Reserve Chardonnay 2016
• Alvi’s Drift Reserve Drift Fusion 2014
• Alvi’s Drift Albertus Viljoen Bismarck 2016
• Alvi’s Drift Muscat de Frontignan 2014
• Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2016
• Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2015

BREEDEKLOOF / WORCESTER WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR 2017
Winemaker of the Year 2017:
C.P. Conradie from Conradie Penhill Wines

Best overall wine of competition:
Alvi’s Drift (Alvi van der Merwe) with a Chenin Blanc (unwooded)

2018 TOP WINE SA CLASSIFICATION
Congratulations to Alvi’s Drift Private Estate who has been awarded a 2018 Top Wine SA Classification accolade for their Alvi’s Drift Muscat de Frontignan in the category - Top 10 Fortified Dessert Wine. To be eligible for the Classification, wines of the Cape must have earned very good to excellent reviews from at least one of the top judging panels for at least three vintages during the 10-year period under review – between 2008 and 2017 (inclusive) for the 2018 Classification. The critics include experts appointed for the Decanter World Wine Awards (UK), the International Wine Challenge (UK) and IWSC (UK), Platter’s SA Wine Guide (5 Stars and Highly Recommended), the Six Nations Challenge (AU), the Trophy Wine Show (SA), the Veritas Awards (SA) and the Michelangelo awards (SA) – to mention just some of the panels – and it is the number of top-rated vintages as well as the type of accolades that determine Top 10 and Top 20 status among South Africa’s most fancied wines in terms of the Classification.

WINE OF THE MONTH
Best Chenin Blanc: 2017

Alvi’s Drift’s Albertus Viljoen Chenin Blanc 2015 awarded Wine of the Month Club’s Best Chenin Blanc of the year 2017.

NEW CAPE WINES
Our heartiest congratulations to Christiaan Groenewald from New Cape Wines who is the 2017 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for his Eagle’s Cliff 2017 Pinotage. Well done on this wonderful moment of success! The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award is a prestigious wine award which celebrates the skills, talent and dedication of those who make wine. Proudly Worcester Wine & Olive Route

VIVINO’S 2018 WINE STYLE AWARDS
Alvi’s Drift Chardonnay Reserve 2015 named one of the best wines in the world at the 2018 Wine Style Awards. Vivino’s 2018 Wine Style Awards recognize the very best and most beloved wines from around the globe. This year’s award winning wines were determined by Vivino’s 26 million users and the millions of wine ratings they’ve submitted over the past 12 months. Congratulations!

THE PLATTER’S BY DINERS CLUB SOUTH AFRICAN WINE GUIDE 2018

Alvi’s Drift’s Albertus Viljoen Chenin Blanc 2015 received a 5-Star Platter.

CAPE WHITE BLEND REPORT 2017FROM WINEMAG.CO.ZA

Leipzig Winery’s Flagship wine - White Leipzig 2017 received 90/100 at the Winemag Cape White Blend Report 2017.

2017 VERITAS AWARDS / TOEKENNINGS

• AAN DE DOORNS CELLAR - Gold :1 Silver :7 Bronze:2
• ALVI’S DRIFT CELLAR -D/Gold: 1 Gold :1 Silver :3 Bronze:5
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MICHELANGELO INTERNATIONAL
WINE & SPIRIT AWARDS 2017

• MéTHODE CLASSIQUE TROPHY
• De Wet Cellar - Chenin Blanc 2017
• JUVENAL CHENIN BLANC TROPHY
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OLIVINUS AND SOL D’ORO
Leading South African producer Willow Creek Olive Estate has been singled out for excellence at two major international competitions: Olivinus and Sol d’Oro.

At the Olivinus international competition for extra virgin olive oils, which was announced this month, Willow Creek Olive Estate excelled in no less than nine categories. To add splendour to the quality awards, it was also crowned with the title for Best Design, Click for more about these awards