JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West is set to enjoy greater global recognition after being voted the top winery on the African continent, it said on Wednesday.
Vergelegen placed 34 overall in the prestigious World’s Best Vineyard 2019 competition, where a global voting panel analysed 1,500 wineries from 17 countries. Argentina's Zuccardi Valle de Uco came first.
The list has been established to raise the profile of wine tourism and encourage visitors to explore more of the world’s best wineries, both traditional and emerging producers.
“We are absolutely delighted by this award,” Vergelegen CEO Don Tooth said. “The Vergelegen team is committed to building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and this win is an acknowledgment of that passion."
With tourism being a vital part of the economy, outperforming many key industries in job creation, the accolade was not only a proud moment for Vergelegen, but for the South African wine and tourism sectors overall, Tooth added.