Diners Club Winelist winners 2017

by | Aug 10, 2017 | Business and Marketing, Wineland

The 2017 Diners Club Winelist Awards were announced on Monday 31st July at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, KZN. Now in its 23rd year, the Award honours the best wine lists in the country. This year, 225 restaurants from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng submitted menus for judging.

Wine lists are evaluated according to content, balance, suitability and presentation, and judges are all experts in the restaurant and wine business, including reviewers, members of the media, chefs and sommeliers from the South African Sommeliers Association. The judging panel was convened and headed by Platter’s Guide publisher 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.”

Awards are presented in Gold, Platinum and Diamond categories. There were 13 Diamond Award winners in Gauteng, seven in KwaZulu-Natal, nine in the Western Cape, and three in Southern Cape.

View the complete list of Award winners from Diners Club (PDF).

Overall 2017 Diners Club Winelist Awards (“Best Diamonds”):

  • Restaurant Mosaic (Gauteng)
  • The Oyster Box Hotel (KZN)
  • Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve (WC)
  • Henry White’s Restaurant (EC)

Other 2017 Diamond Award winners were:


  • Budmarsh
  • Capeesh Restaurant
  • DW Eleven – 13
  • Forti Grill & Bar
  • Kievits Kroon Country Estate
  • Priva Gastrolounge
  • Prosopa
  • Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa
  • Signature Restaurant – Brooklyn
  • Signature Restaurant – Morningside
  • Verdichhio
  • Villa Bianca
  • 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

Western Cape:

  • Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve – Best Diamond WC
  • Aubergine Restaurant
  • Bientang’s Cave Restaurant
  • Bombay Brasserie
  • Bosman’s Restaurant
  • Cavalli (EQUUS)
  • Ellerman House
  • Noop Restaurant
  • The Table Bay Hotel

Southern Cape:

  • La Cantina
  • Head over Hills Luxury Retreat

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