South Africa’s wine industry put in the limelight


South Africa's wine history has been well-documented, yet it has now been firmly put on the global wine map after Johan Jordaan of Spier Wines in Stellenbosch has been named Winemaker of the Year 2011.

Those on South Africa holidays could be tempted to visit vineyards in the country and taste the wine straight from its source and events such as the one hosted by the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Awards could make South Africa's wine region more attractive.

Jordaan won the prize for his 2009 vintage of Spier Creative Block 5, a Bordeaux-style blend, beating 110 top-rated South African wines.

The awards also recognised upcoming talent in South Africa's wine industry, this year going to Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards in the Helderberg in the Western Cape.

Keen wine drinkers will know that the 2009 vintage has been particularly well-received and the 2010 vintage has also been a good year, meaning that visitors will get the chance to taste another great wine from the cask.