About Platter’s South African Wine Guide


South Africa’s first and still best-selling wine annual, Platter's Guide is the comprehensive, up-to-date and authoritative guide to who's who and what's what in the winelands. Featuring hundreds of producers, negociants and brands, and thousands of individual wines, Platter's Guide packs everything you need to know about the South African wine scene into an informative and entertaining format.

Platter's Guide was conceived in 1978 by wine lovers and print journalists John and Erica Platter, after reading Hugh Johnson's ground-breaking Pocket Wine Book. The couple wryly recall that the first (1980) edition – an attempt at assembling a local version of the Pocket Book, recording as many of the why, where, when and how specifics as possible – was dismissed as “boring” and a “waste of their money” by a compositor employed by the very company commissioned to do the printing! But three decades, two Best Wine Guide Worldwide awards, and well over a million copies later, we’d like to think the Platters were onto something. They’ve since handed the reins to a new team, and we’re doing our best to remain the favourite guide to who’s who and what’s what in South Africa’s winelands.


We'd like to encourage you to taste, buy and responsibly enjoy South African wine, and if we can help you choose a bottle to get excited about, invest in, show off with, cook up a storm over, or just enjoy for its own sake, we'd consider it job done.


Our major offering is a 600-page annual hardcover book, most of which is rewritten each edition so the content is fresh and current when it hits the shelves at the end of November. Our website forms the foundation of our online platform. Our Apps are available for iPhone/iPad® and Android® devices. Our Facebook page is updated regularly with posts about not just the guide but also South African wine news generally, events in and around the winelands, new wine releases and more. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Tasters for the 2016 edition

Dave BiggsWinnie BowmanGreg de Bruyn Joanne GibsonHiggo JacobsTim James Angela Lloyd • Cathy MarstonFiona McDonaldIngrid MotteuxGregory MutambeJörg Pfützner • Christine RudmanDave Swingler Cathy van ZylMeryl Weaver

What the media say about Platter’s Guide

"South Africa’s ultimate wine guide" - Supermarket & Retailer

"An indispensable source of information about the local wine industry" - Rapport

"Makes it easy to find the right wine for any occasion" - Sowetan

"South Africa’s top wine guide" - Fair Lady

"The ideal companion for any wine lover" - Home

"Snapped up by professionals, amateurs and tourists" - Wine South Africa

"A flag bearer and trusted icon of the industry" - Wineland

"Assists consumers tremendously" - 2oceansvibe.com

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