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

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.

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)

Alvi’s Drift

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

Alvi’s Drift

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!

Winemag.co.za Cape White Blend Report 2017

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

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.

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
BRANDVLEI CELLAR - Gold :1 Silver :7 Bronze:7
CONRADIE PENHILL - D/Gold :1 Silver :3 Bronze:8
DE WET CELLAR - Gold :1 Silver :4 Bronze:7
LEIPZIG WINERY - Gold :1 Silver :7 Bronze:7
NEW CAPE WINES - Gold :1 Silver :7 Bronze:7
NUY CELLAR - Gold :1 Silver :7 Bronze:7
OVERHEX CELLAR - Gold :1 Silver :7 Bronze:7
STETTYN FAMILY VINEYARD - Gold :1 Silver :7 Bronze:7

DOUBLE GOLD

ALVI’S DRIFT CELLAR MUSCAT DE FRONTIGNAN 2014
NUY CELLAR ROOI MUSKADEL 1991

GOLD

ALVI’S DRIFT CELLAR RESERVE CVC 2016
CONRADIE FAMILY VINEYARDS FRIEDERICH CONRADY BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT LIMITED RELEASE MCC 2009
DE WET CELLAR SINGLE VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC 2016
STETTYN FAMILY VINEYARD STONE WHITE CHENIN BLANC 2017
AAN DE DOORNS MUSCAT D’ ALEXANDRIE 2015
NUY CELLAR ROOI MUSKADEL 2010
ROOI MUSKADEL 2012
ROOI MUSKADEL 2013
ROOI MUSKADEL 2014
WIT MUSKADEL 1999
WIT MUSKADEL 2006
WIT MUSKADEL 2007
WIT MUSKADEL 2013
WIT MUSKADEL 2014
BARBIERI IDRO ROOI MUSKADEL 2013

Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards 2017

Trophy Winners
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar - Muscat de Frontignan 2014
MULTI COLOR CORPORATION DESSERT GRAND PRIX
Nuy Winery - Legacy Celine MCC African Cellar Suppliers
THODE CLASSIQUE TROPHY
De Wet Cellar - Chenin Blanc 2017
JUVENAL CHENIN BLANC TROPHY

Platinum Winners
Conradie Penhill Wines - Conradie Family Vineyards Red Muscadel 2009
Nuy Winery - Red Muscadel 2012
Double Gold
Leipzig Winery - Master Blend 2016
Nuy Winery - Barrel Matured Red Muscadel 2013
Overhex Wines International - Balance Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Noir 2016

Gold

Aan De Doorns Wynkelder - Chenin Blanc 2017
Aan De Doorns Wynkelder - Pinotage 2016

Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar - Signature Shiraz 2016
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar - Albertus Viljoen Chenin Blanc 2016
Conradie Penhill Wines - Penhill Two Palms White Blend 2016
De Wet Cellar - Chardonnay 2016
De Wet Cellar - Shiraz 2016
New Cape Wines - Arendskloof Shiraz Tannat 2014
Nuy Winery - Mastery Shiraz 2015
Overhex Wines International - Survivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Overhex Wines International - Survivor Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Stettyn Cellar - Stone White Chenin Blanc 2017
Stettyn Cellar - The Guardian Red Blend 2015

Silver
Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar - Signature Merlot 2016
New Cape Wines - Eagle’s Cliff Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Nuy Winery - Mastery Pinotage 2015
Overhex Wines International - Balance Limited Edition Cinsaut 2016
Stettyn Cellar - The Griffin Range Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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, which acknowledges the packaging of every product in the Willow Creek portfolio.

The achievement was rapidly followed this week when its Willow Creek Privé and Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oils received Grand Mention at the Sol d’Oro, held in Osaka, Japan.

The amount of entries and expertise of the panel of judges makes Olivinus widely regarded as one of the most significant championships for olive oils. Held annually, its aim is to award the world’s best quality extra virgin olive oils and promote the health benefits and advantages of this value product to consumers.

In addition to winning Best Design, Willow Creek olive oils won three of the highest accolades - Grand Prestige Gold medals - for Willow Creek Privé, Willow Creek Director’s Reserve, and Willow Creek Jalapeño Flavoured. They were followed by the Willow Creek Estate Blend, which won Gold and a Premier Design Award; Willow Creek Blood Orange Flavoured, Prestige Gold; and, two oils among children’s favourites.

Earlier this year, Willow Creek Estate Blend was named overall winner of the medium category at the L’Orciolo D’Oro, where its Privé and Directors’ Reserve received distinctions; while it was the only South African producer to win medals at the Terra Olivo Mediterranean International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition, where its Directors’ Reserve won Grand Prestige Gold and Privé, Prestige Gold. It was also included in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil World Rankings (EVOOWR) of top 100 producers - the only South African producer to have achieved this and an achievement it has maintained for the third consecutive year.