Kleine Zalze wins international "Best New World Wine Producer" award Picture: Supplied
Kleine Zalze winery has been named Best New World Producer of the Year in the UK, the trend-setting market for global wine producers. 

The Stellenbosch estate was singled out at the annual UK Sommelier Wine Awards and received seven medals in addition to its status as overall champion.

The achievement follows its naming earlier this year as top South African wine brand in the on-premise trade in the UK alongside brands like Laurent Perrier, Taittinger, Baron Philippe De Rothschild and Dom Perignon.

The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) is judged by a panel of top leading sommeliers and on-trade drinks buyers and rewards the best wines available to restaurants, bars and hotels in the UK and beyond.

The awards are welcome news for the Kleine Zalze team. “We have invested heavily to achieve the best from our terroir, so it’s very gratifying to be ranked number one. It’s also very significant for us as a South African company to be among the world’s most recognisable, historic and superb wine brands,” says Kleine Zalze owner and managing director Kobus Basson.

In February, Kleine Zalze’s success in the UK was once again confirmed as "the most listed South African wine on-premise in the UK” in a report that is compiled annually by research consultancy, Wine Business Solutions.

Kleine Zalze has built an international following through the pursuit of a steadfast philosophy: loyalty to clients, a constant pursuit of quality and consistency, and a commitment to building strong relationships. The approach has helped the estate succeed in South Africa, Europe and Asia.

Kleine Zalze is situated in Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch, South Africa.