Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards

The results of the 15th annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards once again portray the Western Cape as a particularly versatile area with diverse and excellent terroir, which produces a variety of top quality wines. Altogether five trophies and 32 national winners were named.

The trophy for the overall winning entry was awarded for the second time this year – at an exclusive function which fully complied with Covid-19 regulations – in the Overture Restaurant of Hidden Valley Wines, Stellenbosch. From the more than 240 entries representing diverse cultivars and wine styles, the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine was awarded to a four year-old Chenin Blanc from Stanford in Walker Bay, namely the Springfontein Jil’s Dune Chenin Blanc 2016 – created thanks to an extraordinary vintage year for Chenin Blanc in this area.

Lourensford, in Somerset-West, this year excelled with the Novare Trophy for SA Terroir Top Wine Estate. They also clinched the trophy for Top Single Vineyard Wine, with the Lourensford Limited Release Sémillon Noble Late Harvest 2014. This wine was also the National Winner in the Top Natural Sweet Wine category, while the Lourensford Limited Release Viognier 2019, was the national winner in the Viognier category.

The Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Terroir Producer was awarded to Stettyn Wine Cellar near Villiersdorp. In addition to several of this cellar’s wines achieving excellent points, Stettyn Wine Cellar also produced the national winners of the White Blend and Rosé entries, respectively the Stettyn Stone White (Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc) 2020 and Stettyn Family Vineyards Rosé (Chardonnay/Pinot Noir) 2020.