It’s KLINK Season

Vote WinTime to make your opinion count in the fourth annual KLINK Wine Tourism Awards.

In the interest of promoting innovation in South African wine tourism, we’ve vetted hundreds of nominations down to a list of 85 nominees. The list includes the best of the best in winelands destinations and experiences in 17 categories, all ready for you to explore. Visit them, experience them, and if you love what they have to offer, endorse them with your KLINK vote.

Remember to post pictures or videos of your visits to KLINK nominees on the KLINK Awards Facebook page or to Twitter or Instagram with #KlinkAwards and #BeenHereLovedIt to enter weekly giveaway draws.

If you’re the super-adventurer who enters the #BeenHereLovedIt draw from the largest number of individual KLINK nominees, you could also be crowned the KLINK Playa and win an awesome winelands weekend.

You’ll find lots of useful information and fun giveaways on the KLINK Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so follow us to stay in the loop.

Delicious Deli

Award for Best Deli on a Wine Farm

These days, cellar-door delis sell all manner of goodies: estate olives and olive oils, artisanal breads, cheeses and charcuterie, boutique chocolates and nougat, organic vegetables, farm honey, jams, pickles and picnic baskets. This award recognises the top cellar-door deli, one that tempts wine tourists with an authentic range of traditional and contemporary Winelands produce grown on the farm or sourced locally from artisanal producers.


Award for Welcoming Cellar Door Experience

This award acknowledges a family wine farm that offers the warmest country welcome. One that retains the authenticity of its Cape heritage while investing in a cellar-door experience and goes out of its way to make a visit to the cellar door a special experience - making wine tourists feel they are sharing in the special family heritage of the farm and the Winelands

Spoil Me

Award for Best Accommodation on a Wine Farm

This award goes to the best of the best, from exclusive five star hotels, luxury guest house, boutique style accommodation or Cape Manor House on a wine farm. Criteria include the highest standards in terms of location, style, service, quality and comfort, facilities, and add on attractions such as a restaurant, spa

Family Day Out

Award for Best Child-Friendly Venue on a Wine Farm

This award goes to a wine farm where you can take the whole family and the kids are taken care of in a safe environment. There must be something for everyone here. The adults can relax and enjoy their wine experience - while a kids' menu, special kids' activities or a kids’ playground for all ages keeps everyone happy on a day out in the Winelands.

Country Comfort

Award for Accommodation on a Wine Farm

The winner of this category offers self catering and guesthouse accommodation on a wine farm that promises a relaxed and comfortable stay. The winning venue will capture the romance of a wine farm getaway and offer the facilities of home but the luxury of going away.

New Release

Award for the Best New Cellar Door Attractions

The winner of this category has launched a new winery or winelands experience in the last 24 months. This award is for a new wine tourism offering or a tasting room revamp with new tasting experiences offered to wine tourists. The New Release adds to the full South African wine tourism offering.

Beyond Expectations

Award for Great Food and Excellent Wine

Situated between our Klink awards for casual dining-style, country cuisine and fine dining, this award is for a Winelands restaurant in the middle category that serves seriously good food and excellent wine, attracting foodies by raising the bar and presenting local garden and winelands produce with passion and contemporary culinary style.

Tread Gently

Award for Most Green Wine Farm The wine farm that sets the standard for green, planet-friendly farming practices in terms of sustainable viticulture and wine production, biodiversity and conservation initiatives, as well as organic or biodynamic viticulture is celebrated with this award.


Award for Best Vintage Tasting Experience

This award goes to the cellar which offers the best vintage wine tasting experience. Criteria include the welcome and wine knowledge of staff, the use of the correct wine glasses, the condition of wine samples, the range of vintage wine releases available, the availability of vertical flights of flagship wines , the range of unique wines available at cellar-door only.

Happy Times

Award for Most Memorable Wine Route.

This award goes to the most popular wine route selected by wine tourists who cherish memories of their experience of a particular wine region because of its ambience, accessibility, scenic beauty, soul, sense of community, family tradition and heritage, warmth, friendliness, culinary offerings, etc. These criteria all go into the memory mix.

Tracks and Trails

This award goes to the most memorable outdoors experience that requires wine lovers to expend some energy on a spectacularly scenic vineyard hike, a challenging wine farm bike trail or a spirited wine route horse ride. Each outdoor adventure must also reward the hiker, biker or rider with a wine tasting experience or more

Comfort Zone

Award for casual dining on a Wine Farm

This award goes to the best casual dining or café style venues in the Cape Winelands. The best venue combines quality fare, setting and service without all the frills of silver service. We were looking for venues that source local, artisanal farm produce and showcase good food and wine in an informal, relaxed style as well as offer value-for-money on own wines and wines served by the glass.


Award for Best Gourmet Restaurant at the Cellar Door

This award goes to the best of the best cellar-door restaurants in the Cape Winelands - those gastronomic destinations with signature chefs who create cuisine on the cutting edge to attract domestic and foreign wine tourists. We were looking for restaurants which pay great attention to detail in terms of an overall cellar-door experience, have a great location, first class service, a focus on artisanal and local Winelands produce, seasonal menus, tasting menus which expertly pair food and wine, a sommelier service and a wine list which showcases older vintages, own wines and/or regional wines at the cellar door.

Crowd Pleaser

Award for Best Wine Route Event

This award goes to the most popular wine route event on the annual Winelands calendar - an event that draws repeat visitors year after year, helps to build a regional wine brand and market a specific wine route destination.

Wild Card

Award for Most Unusual Attraction on a Wine Route

Celebrating the most unusual and memorable attraction on a wine farm, this award is for a destination that offers a unique selling point attracting wine tourists to the cellar- door - from wine and river cruises to vintage motorcar and heritage museums.

On the Hop

You’ve heard of wine tours – and even beer tours (aka bar crawls); but this is different. The very best craft beer only – and on wine farms only. That’s right, beer fanatically brewed on the same site wine is lovingly vinified. From Remhoogte’s Stellenbosch-based Wild Beast Brewery (complete with real live wild beasts in view) to Anura Vineyards’ funky industrial-style Wagon Trail brewpub near Paarl to our third and final stop at Hoogeberg Brewing at Signal Gun Wines in Durbanville, complete with gourmet pizza. Quality craft beer with vineyard views (and wine, too: why not?!). Join up here!

Yin and Yang

Award for Best food and wine pairing at the Cellar Door

These days’ cellar doors tempt wine tourists with special food and wine pairings at the cellar tasting centre - from biltong, nuts, dried fruits and wine to cheese, chocolate, and nougat and gourmet canapé tasting platters. We went looking for the best Winelands experiences in the art of food and wine pairing over the tasting counter. Note: This category excludes formal restaurant pairing menus.