South Africa is “dynamic and exciting”. Tim Atkin’s top wines

Tim Atkin, Master of Wine, says South Africa is the most dynamic and exciting wine country in the New World. He has recently published his third annual report on the South African wines. In the report he also makes a classification of the, according to him, best estates. He was inspired by the Bordeaux classification that was made in 1855 and has classified the estates in five different groups.

We are pleased that South Africa gets this attention. Sometimes you get the feeling that many consumers have not yet understood the diversity of wines that are produced here and have not understood that far from everything is simple bulk wines.

Tim Atkin’s list is interesting. In his first group, called “first growths” after Bordeaux model, are: Kanonkop, Delaire Graff, Keermont and Reyneke in Stellenbosch, A.A. Badenhorst, Sadie Family, Rall, Porseleinberg and Mullineux in Swartland, Chamonix i Franschhoek, Alheit and Crystallum in Walker Bay, Paul Cluver in Elgin Valley, Klein Constantia in Constantia and Cape Point on the Cape Peninsula.

Do you want to get to know some of our favourite South African producers? Up close and personal? Then it is high time to register for our South African wine tour February 26 – March 7!

Swartland landscape in South Africa

Swartland landscape in South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography

Seven wooden chairs at Boekenhoutskloof

Seven wooden chairs at Boekenhoutskloof, copyright BKWine Photography

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2008

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2008, copyright BKWine Photography

AA Badenhorst Secateurs red and chenin blanc

AA Badenhorst Secateurs red and chenin blanc, copyright BKWine Photography

Vineyards in Franschhoek

Vineyards in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

Wild South African bleesbuck

Wild South African bleesbuck, copyright BKWine Photography

Teddy Hall Chenin Blanc

Teddy Hall Chenin Blanc, copyright BKWine Photography

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