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KLINK

Klink Wine Tourism Awards

Here are the best of the best in wine tourism winners of the fifth annual Klink Awards, presented by Wine Tourism South Africa, after more than 19 879 votes by the public determined the ultimate wine and food experiences offered in the Western Cape Winelands. The 13 categories range from wine estates that provide unforgettable food, to wine-tastings with a twist, game-viewing, or simply naturistic views of vineyards, and a 14th award for the finalist that received the most overall votes from consumers.

2016 / 2017 Klink Wine Tourism Awards Winners

Beyerskloof

BEST WINELANDS BURGER

Award for the best gourmet burger in the winelands

A burger is not just a burger; it is a staple on any menu worth its salt. Whether it is as simple as the good old-fashioned beef variety or something with a twist, the quest was on to find the juiciest, yummiest burger created at a winery eating spot.

WINNER : BEYERSKLOOF

Leopards Leap Wine Country cuisine

WINE COUNTRY CUISINE

Award for the best Wine Country Cuisine

This category was selected for bistros, casual dining or café society in the Cape Winelands without all the fancy frills. The search was on for laidback venues, which showcase local and artisanal farm produce in the best possible way.

WINNER – LEOPARD’S LEAP

creation

GREAT PAIRINGS

Award for the best Food and Wine Pairings

From biltong, nuts, dried fruits to cheese, chocolate, nougat and gourmet canapé tasting platters, all go down well with wine. The art is in finding the perfect match.

WINNER : CREATION WINES

Maison

GOURMET TRAVELLER

Award for Best Gourmet Restaurant at the Cellar Door

This category recognises gastronomic destinations with signature chefs who create cutting edge cuisine. Restaurants that pay great attention to detail in terms of an overall wine and food experience, have a great location, first-class service, a focus on artisanal and local winelands produce, seasonal favourites and tasting menus which expertly pair food and wine.
WINNER : THE KITCHEN@MAISON

FransOutofOrdinary

OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Award for Most Unusual Attraction on a Wine Route

A wild card is the most unusual and memorable attraction, something that offers a unique selling point for attracting wine tourists to the cellar door.

WINNER : THE FRANSCHHOEK CELLARS

Hillcrest

BOUTIQUE CELLARS

Award for Best Boutique Cellar

“Small production”, “artisanal” or even “cult”...boutique is more a state of mind than a number of bottles. It is more of an attitude than a location.

WINNER : HILLCREST ESTATE

GrootConstantia

SA WINE ICONS

Award for Best Icon Wine Estate

This category is for wineries that have invested time and passion into making quality wine. These icons are brands that have proven themselves both locally and internationally, and have contributed to building SA wine culture.

WINNER : GROOT CONSTANTIA WINE ESTATE

Graham Beck Best Bubbly

BEST BUBBLY

Award for Best Bubbly

For breakfast, lunch…or actually, anytime. The search was on for a MCC that is out of this world, quirky and fun and the ultimate experience at a tasting room - the best to quaff, sip or savour.

WINNER : GRAHAM BECK

Waterford Estate

GREAT OUTDOORS

Award for Best Outdoor Activities

A spectacularly scenic vineyard hike, a challenging wine farm bike trail, a spirited wine route horse ride or something a little more challenging, a taste of adventure to a winelands offering was what this category was all about.

WINNER – WATERFORD ESTATE

WineOnRiver

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Award for the Best Winelands Event or Festival

An event, festival, or winery event, which draws visitors and helps to build a regional wine brand or market a specific wine route destination.

WINNER : ROBERTSON WINE ON THE RIVER

Darling Brew on The Hop

ON THE HOP

Award for Best Craft Beer

There's something of a craft beer evolution in South Africa. With around 130 craft breweries, it is no wonder that beer adds a unique style, pair-ability with cured meats and cheeses, and a complementary relationship with wine.

WINNER : DARLING BREW

touring

TOURING

Award for the Best Touring Company

A new addition to our categories. Touring companies were called upon – big and small – in order to uncover the brightest gems of destinations, experiences, wine and food that are distinctively wine tourism.

WINNER : CITY SIGHT SEEING WINE TOUR

GrootConstantia

THE ULTIMATE WINELANDS EXPERIENCE

Award for Best Winelands Experience

This is the perfect package. One that successfully seduces, not just with a tasting experience, but also with the ambience to match. Architecture, furnishings, lighting, sound, temperature and kinetics, which combine in different ways to enhance the brand experience of their customers.

WINNER – GROOT CONSTANTIA WINE ESTATE

Hillcrest

SUPANOVA

Award for the overall Winner

This award went to the Klink finalist with the most overall consumer votes.

WINNER : HILLCREST ESTATE