Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia wins big. Images by Pixabay and Polina Tankilevitch / Pexels

Groot Constantia wins a barrel full of awards

The oldest working winery in the country, Groot Constantia, walked away 14 awards at the National Wine Awards.

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia wins big. Images by Pixabay and Polina Tankilevitch / Pexels

Groot Constantia, the oldest working winery in South Africa, scooped up 14 top awards all in all at this year’s prestigious National Wine Awards.

Awards aplenty

Groot Constantia has been producing wine since 1685, making it South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm. At this year’s National Wine Awards, it walked away with no less than 14 awards:

  • Three Grand Cru Awards
  • Six Top 100 and Double Platinum Awards
  • Two Double Gold Awards
  • Three Double Silver Awards

“We are overjoyed to have achieved these accolades … We celebrate the success and efforts of our whole team in achieving these awards.”

Groot Constantia winemaker Daniel Keulder

The National Wine Challenge

The National Wine Challenge is one of South Africa’s premier wine contests that firstly, recognises excellence in local wines and secondly, provide an expert reference point for wine lovers internationally. The wine awards are awarded by a panel of judges made up of high-profile, well-respected wine experts. It is open only to fine-wine producers.

In order to ensure fairness and eliminate bias, the judges, featuring Master of Wines (MWs), global connoisseurs, Cape Wine Masers (CWMs) and seasoned winemakers, evaluate each wine ‘blind’, i.e. without knowing which wine it is.

Significantly, this year’s competition saw a diverse range of entries, reflecting the high quality and variety of South Africa’s wines. Robin von Holdt, founder of The National Wine Challenge, notes the continued excellence and international recognition of South African wines and said that the rewards of working with the skilful individuals and teams at the forefront of South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry are particularly uplifting.

White vs. red

White wines scored a total of 31 wins. Regions with the most wins included Elgin, Paarl, and Worcester. The highest-scoring white wines were dominated by Chardonnay.

The red wine category performed especially well with 58 winning wines. Markedly, Stellenbosch led the regions with 14 wins, followed by Paarl with nine wins and Robertson with six wins. All in all, the red wine variety with the most wins was Shiraz.

Von Holdt stated that Bordeaux red blends, Shiraz, other white blends, and Chardonnay had the highest ratio of successes compared to wines entered.

Wine contestants

Red wines accounted for 50% of total entries, while white wines represented 34% of total entries. Rosé, MCC, and the sweet/fortified/port categories did not have many entries. No rosé still wines received awards this year.

The following vineyards were major winners in the 2024 National Wine Challenge:

  • Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar
  • Van Loveren Family Vineyards
  • Groot Constantia
  • Fairview Wines
  • Paul Cluver Wines
  • Graham Beck
  • Saronsberg Cellars
  • Villiera Wines
  • Boplaas Landgoed
  • De Wet Cellar
  • Jordan Wine Estate
  • Koelenhof Winery
  • Perdeberg Wines
  • RAKA
  • Ridgeback Wines
  • Rietvallei Wine Estate

“In celebrating these achievements, we honour the wishes and foresight of our founder, Simon van der Stel, proving that the spirit of excellence he envisioned remains alive and thriving. Groot Constantia’s continued recognition in the industry underscores our unwavering commitment to preserving and enhancing the legacy of our historic estate, a commitment we share with you.”

Jean Naude, CEO of Groot Constantia

“Thank you for this wonderful acknowledgement.”

Nathan Valentine, winemaker at Villiera Wines