Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West was announced the top winery on the African continent, and 34th overall, in London on Monday July 8 at the 2019 World’s Best Vineyard awards, by a voting panel which analysed 1 500 wineries from 17 countries.
The list has been established to raise the profile of wine tourism, and to encourage visitors to explore more of the world’s best wineries, both traditional and emerging producers.
“We are absolutely delighted by this award,” said Vergelegen CEO, Don Tooth. “The Vergelegen team is committed to building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and this win is an acknowledgment of that passion.
“Tourism is a vital part of our economy, outperforming many key industries in job creation, so this is not only a proud moment for Vergelegen, but for the South African wine and tourism sectors overall.”
Vergelegen has enjoyed a renaissance since it was acquired by Anglo American in 1987 and opened to the public. There has been extensive investment in viticulture and hospitality facilities, restoring the estate’s historic core, updating the magnificent gardens and making it a showpiece of the very best of South Africa for all to enjoy.
“We have hosted world leaders and members of royal families from several countries, as well as members of the public from all continents,” said Mr Tooth.
“They have all been united by their passion for Vergelegen. With the World’s Best Vineyard award, we look forward to introducing this renowned estate to many new fans.”
The estate is open Monday to Sunday for 9am to 5pm. Entry costs R10 for adults and R5 for pensioners and scholars. Pensioners enter free on Mondays. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vergelegen.co.za