The Platter’s Wine Guide is South Africa’s first and most recognised and highly acclaimed annual wine guide book since the 1980s showcasing everything you need to know about specific wines and producers.
The book is released annually with the announcement of Platter’s Awards for wines available for that year.
Readers will be pleased to know that this wine guide is backed up by some of the best wine tasters, journalists and judges in the country including Angela Lloyd, Master of Wine Cathy van Zyl, Fiona McDonald, Christian Eedes, David Biggs and more.
Wine enthusiasts should purchase the book every year for up to date knowledge on specific wines, vintages and industry news.
Use the book alphabetically to search for producers and wineries. There are over 8000! Each producer has an introduction to the winery as well as specific detailed information on the wines they offer, location and contact details.
When you drink your next wine, search for it in the Platter’s guide and see what the experts have to say about it. Each wine is given a star-rating as well as tasting notes that you can use to assess the wine you are drinking. What’s more is that if you download the new Platter’s App, you too can comment on the wines you taste.
Understanding the star-ratings
Since Platter’s is primarily a wine guide, and not a wine competition, their expert tasters initially assess the wines sighted, to assist learning as much as possible about the intent of the producer and the wine’s back-story, as well as vital details such as site and climate. Then, when it comes to the Five Star tasting, they shift to a blind tasting format as they are then comparing wines against each other within categories for the ultimate accolade.
Here’s a list below on the star-ratings and their meaning:
The Platter’s Wine Guide includes a comprehensive look at the wine industry as a whole including trends, cultivar percentage splits and growth, wine consumption and wine growing areas.
Wine Words & Phrases:
Expand your wine vocabulary by using the wine words and phrases associated with the industry like “Claret”, “forward”, “Maderised”, “Racking” and more.
Wine Tour Operators & Associations
If you are not too familiar with South Africa or perhaps you need a bit of encouragement, the guide has a list of recommended tour providers, accommodation and even locations that are wheelchair friendly.
Get to understand and explore the different geographical regions of South Africa by making use of the maps at the back of the page. There is also a comprehensive list of facilities each winery has available.
Whether this is your first time exploring the Platter’s Guide or your 30th, you sure are to reap the benefit of its content.