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Clink Clink! Two Cape wineries receive prestigious Green Emblem Award

When Level 4 lockdown is over for South Africa, you should consider grabbing a bottle of Robert Parker- endorsed environmentally friendly wine by two of our local wineries.

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Robert Parker is known to be one of the world’s most trusted authorities on gradining wines around the world. Every wine they’ve reviewed has been rated on their 100 point quality scale that looks at the wine’s flavour, it’s finish, and colour of the wine amongst other things. 


They have developed their Green Emblem award that recognises 24 wineries across the globe that have showcased their effort in environmentally friendly practices in winemaking. 

“The Robert Parker Green Emblem recognitions are our way of recognising the increasing importance to wine consumers of sustainable practices in wine production. “

Lisa Perrotti-Brown 

Perrotti-Brown emphasised that they are the only organization that empowers wine lovers to drink more sustainably and she mentioned a feature on their website where wine lovers can find environmentally sustainable wines. 

Two of South Africa’s wineries made the list of 24 wineries that made Robert Parker’s Green Emblem List alongside wineries from the United States, New Zealand, France, Spain, Australia, Italy, Germany and Austria. 


Located in Stellenbosch, Reyneke Wines is South Africa’s first winery on the list. Owner of Reyneke Wines, Johan Reyneke told Business Insider that the award means a lot for his wine farm. Reyneke Wines is also acknowledged for its biodynamic agricultural processes.  

“Robert Parker is arguably one of the most influential wine critics in the world, and his recognition of our efforts in going green and being all things sustainable, is a huge accolade.”

Johan Reyneke

Johan Reyneke also boasts two other awards, one being the Grower of the Year award from UK wine writer Tim Atkin. 


Also locked in Stellenbosch, Sadie Family Wines was the second recipient of the award. The Robert Parker reviewer had extraordinary words for the winery’s owner Eben Sadie pointing out he lives by one simple rule. 

“To interfere with the wine as little as possible, allowing the wine’s natural essence to shine through, proudly displaying the subtleties of the vintage, so that their expressions of terroir and varietal purity may sing true with a sense of time and place”. 

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Unfortunately due to the Level 4 lockdown, South Africans won’t be able to celebrate the achievements by indulging in a bottle of either Reyneke Wines or Sadie Family Wines. 

Soon enough, South Africans will be able to get their hands on a bottle and indulge in the festivities.