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67 Minuets for Mandela Day

On the 18th of July each year we honour Nelson Mandela by dedicating 67 minutes of our time to change the world and make a difference. We all need help sometimes in our lives, but we decided to help those who cannot always help themselves. The SPCA in Ashton immediately caught our attention, we felt an immediate connection as the Rietvallei team are all big animal lovers. We set out to visit the dogs and cats at the SPCA, the excitement on the way there was contagious! Johnny and...

Happy Birthday, Kobus Burger

We would like to wish Kobus Burger our CEO and 6th generation winemaker at Rietvallei Wine Estate, a happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead.From the staff, we would like to thank Kobus for his guidance and support during the past almost 18 months, during which time the wine industry has been severely affected by Covid-19. Kobus is not only an award-winning winemaker but also a great leader and mentor. A fitting quote from Rosalynn Carter: “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader...

2021 National Wine Challenge Results

We are extremely honoured and excited to have so many of our collection awarded by this prestigious wine competition. The National Wine Challenge, incorporating Top 100 SA Wines, is the premier fine-wine-only wine competition in SA and our results are as follow: Grand Cru National Champion Best in Class Rietvallei Red Muscadel 2018 Top 100 & Double Platinum awards Rietvallei Red Muscadel  2018 Rietvallei Estéanna Sauvignon Blanc  2020 Rietvallei Estéanna Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot  2016 Rietvallei 1908 Red Muscadel  2018 Double Gold awards Rietvallei Dark Cin 2019 Double Silver awards Rietvallei Estate  2016 Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay  2020 According to Robin von...

2021 Cabernet Franc Challenge Results

This year marks the 6th annual Cabernet Franc Challenge in South Africa with a total of 43 entries. We are pleased to announce that our JMB Cabernet Franc 2016 has been rated among the Top 6 of Cabernet Franc’s nationwide. Christine Rudman, who led the challenge tasting panel, said there was less herbaceousness across the range than in previous Challenges and that the panel was also very impressed by the older vintages, which proves the maturation potential of the varietal.  “The best wines had balance, elegance, suppleness, and...

2020 HKIWSC Award Results

We are honoured to have received a Gold award for our Rietvallei Estate 2016 from the globally prestigious Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition (HKIWSC). The HKIWSC is regarded as the most respected wine and spirit competition in Asia.  This year's, 48 Hong Kong-based judges were charged with triple-blind tasting over 1000 entries, with an additional layer of "blindness" from to judge to judge due to strict distancing measures. We're pleased that our Rietvallei Estate 2016 received a score of 90+. Rietvallei’s sixth-generation proprietor and winemaker Kobus...

Two Gold Medals for Rietvallei Wine Estate @ 2020 Veritas Awards

We are happy to announce that both our Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay 2019 & Rietvallei Shiraz 2018 has received gold medals at the 2020 Veritas Awards. Synonymous with excellence in wine and brandy, the Veritas Awards is the longest running and most prestigious wine and brandy competition in South Africa, dating back to 1991. In addition to the two Gold medals we also received two Silver Outstanding, seven Silver and four Bronze medals. An overview of the Rietvallei Estate gold medal wines: The Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay 2019 is a full-bodied, complex wine...

Coenie de Villiers Under The Stars

Award-winning South African singer-songwriter Coenie de Villiers performed under the stars at the prestigious Rietvallei Wine Estate located in Robertson on the 7th of November 2020. It was a truly unforgettable night filled with storytelling, piano playing, and singing which included a diverse selection of Coenie's songs from various albums over the years. The night was greatly enjoyed and was much needed for many people after lock-down to experience such a great event out under the stars, surrounded by vineyards and the beautiful Robertson mountains. We would like to thank Coenie...

Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – Prescient Top 10

We are happy to announce that our Rietvallei Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020 received Top 10 Status in this year's Sauvignon Blanc Report. The Sauvignon Blanc Unwooded Report convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by Prescient received 115 entries in total. The wines were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, the scoring was done according to the 100-point scale. The panel consisted of Christian Eedes from Winemag and Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine. Feedback from the...

Gold Medals for Rietvallei Wine Estate @ 2020 Michelangelo Awards

We are happy to announce that both our Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay 2019 & Rietvallei Red Muscadel 2018 has received gold medals at the 2020 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The 2020 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards received 1565 entries in total this year. Gold medal winners are awarded at-least 89 points out of a possible 100, placing gold medal winners in the top 30% of all entries. An overview of the Rietvallei Estate gold medal wines: The Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay 2019 is a full-bodied, complex wine with excellent fruit...

Rietvallei Natural Chardonnay 2019 receive Double Gold Award at National Wine Challenge (NWC)

The premier National Wine Challenge aims to identify winning wines by cultivar and blend, with medals awarded for top- scoring wines. Rietvallei Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - Double Platitum Top 100 Rietvallei Natural Chardonnay 2019  - Double Gold JMB Chardonnay 2019 - Double Silver Rietvallei Chenin Blanc 2019 - Double Silver JMB Cabernet Franc 2016 - Double Silver Estèanna Red Cabernet Sauvignon Cab Franc Petit Verdot 2016 - Double Silver...

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