Platter’s by Diners Club 2023, to be published in the fourth quarter of 2022, is the 43rd edition of this best-selling guide to who’s who and what’s what in South Africa’s winelands. On this page, you will find all the information you need to have your cellar and visitor venue listed, and your products reviewed in the new guide.
How to have your cellar and visitor venue featured in Platter's
1. Tell us what happened at your winery/distillery/in your wine business since the last edition, and what your plans are for the next 12 months and beyond. We require this information to refresh the overview paragraph, and depend on your input to create an accurate and informative depiction of your business.
2. Check and update, if necessary, your winery/distillery contact details and general information as they appeared last time, to ensure they will be correct during the currency of the new guide.
3. Check and update the supplementary email address/es held in our database, to ensure important notices reach you and any colleagues responsible for your winery/distillery’s submission to Platter’s, and you receive occasional marketing/promotional mail from Platter’s.
4. Check and update the social media address/es held in our database. These details appear in the digital versions of the guide.
5. Verify that any public tasting, sales or cellar tour facilities on your premises were correctly indicated on the map and map table last time. If unsure, email information coordinator Ina de Villiers at firstname.lastname@example.org for a map/table of your region. (Note that only venues open to the public, either by appointment or at set hours, are shown in the maps section.)
6. Answer a few short questions about your premises and facilities.
7. Then sign and email the document to Ina de Villiers at email@example.com no later than 30 May 2022.To have the Producer Information document resent, email Ina de Villiers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to have your products tasted and rated in Platter's
2. You are welcome to contact the allocated taster if you wish. Do so via the editor, Philip van Zyl (email@example.com). Do not contact the taster directly.
3. You may challenge your allocated taster if you have compelling reason/s to believe that in assessing your wine, they will contravene any of the provisions of the Declaration of Interest which each Platter judge is required to sign. Provide your reason/s in writing to Philip van Zyl, and nominate three (3) possible replacement judges from the team list. Note that unfortunately we cannot accommodate taster changes after 20 June 2022.
4. Newcomers to the guide, and producers returning to Platter's after a break, are allocated two tasters; producers featured in the previous edition are allocated one taster.
5. Decide which products you wish to enter for tasting:
- We require tasting samples of the products that will be available during the currency of the guide (November 2022 to November 2023). Refer to the Expected Products & Vintages spreadsheet attached to the email sent to you earlier for the wines and vintages we are expecting to receive this edition.
- Include any wines you make for Woolworths or The Butcher Shop & Grill.
- Much as we'd like to, regrettably we cannot retaste vintages featured in previous editions, except in specific circumstances. For more details, see Frequently Asked Questions elsewhere on this page.
Brandies, husk spirits & sherry-style wines
- This edition we WILL NOT retaste brandy, husk spirit and sherry-styles wine which we sampled previously.
- We WILL taste any completely new products or ranges, and existing products whose blend components, style and/or flavour profile changed markedly since last time.
6. When completed, email the Expected Products spreadsheet to the Platter’s Logistics Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the team will contact you regarding the delivery date and documentation to accompany your tasting samples.
7. Send us the completed spreadsheet as soon as possible but no later than 30 May 2022.
8. Note: we do NOT need the actual tasting samples by 30 May, only the spreadsheet, so we can set up our database accordingly. If you need more time to decide on which wines/spirits are to be tasted, and therefore cannot send us the spreadsheet by 30 May, contact Philip van Zyl, at email@example.com or on his mobile phone +27 82-896-9685 to arrange an extension.
9. Also note that we are receiving the tasting samples at Vineyard Connection, not at tasters’ homes. You and the Logistics Team member will jointly decide on the date for delivering your wine to Vineyard Connection.
How to prepare and deliver your tasting samples
2. NOTE: If you already have data sheets covering the information we require, feel free to submit these instead of filling out the Information form. However, be sure you cover all the information we need, and include the winery name, plus the name and mobile phone number of the person responsible for Platter’s tasting samples at your winery/distillery.
3. If you do choose to use the Platter’s Information sheet, complete a separate one for each product in your range/s.
4. Also be sure to enclose a complete and up-to-date price list.
5. For any products not reflected on your price list, indicate the envisaged inclusive recommended retail price per bottle (in ZAR).
6. We require 2 (two) bottles of each wine, including any wines you make for Woolworths or The Butcher Shop & Grill, clearly marked as such.
7. We require only 1 (one) bottle of each brandy, husk spirit or sherry-style wine.
8. Pre-bottling wines (i.e. samples drawn from tank or barrel) are accepted, but you must
- Identify these very clearly to ensure they are prioritised accordingly, and
- Declare whether or not the wine is representative of the final bottled product.
- Note: we reserve the right to analyse the bottled versions and compare the results with data supplied for the previews.
9. A member of Platter’s Logistics Team will contact you regarding the delivery date for your tasting samples. You and the Logistics Team member will jointly decide on a convenient date for delivering your wine to Vineyard Connection.
10. The Platter's Logistics Team member will also email you the finalised list of the products we expect to receive. Print out this "picklist" and include it, along with your price list and hardcopies of the completed Information sheets, with the tasting samples.
11. If you produce products for the CWG Auction, include them with your tasting samples. Do not send them to the CWG Office.
12. Vineyard Connection's address is: Delvera, corner R44 & Muldersvlei Road, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch. Click here for directions.
13. Strict Covid-19 measures are in place at Vineyard Connection, which means, among other things, that tasting samples can be received only by certain people on certain days. Therefore, follow the Logistics Team Member's delivery instructions carefully.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which products should I enter for review?
Bear in mind that Platter’s goal is to provide its readers with ratings and descriptions of products and vintages that will be available during the currency of the new edition (November 2022 to November 2023). It makes no sense therefore to enter products which will come onto the market only several years in the future or, conversely, products long sold out ex cellar or no longer readily available in the trade. Refer to the attached Expected Products spreadsheet for the products and vintages we are expecting to receive this edition.
When does Platter’s retaste a product?
- If a product was a pre-bottling “preview” (i.e. an unfinished product) last time. Send us the bottled version of last year’s preview, plus any follow-up vintages available from November 2022 till November 2023;
- If there was a later bottling or, in the case of méthode cap classique, a later disgorgement of the same vintage;
- Where credible evidence suggests we might have under-rated a product significantly in the previous edition, and
- At the instruction of the editor.
May I enter more than one vintage of a product?
Yes, we will taste multiple vintages if they were not tasted before. Previously reviewed vintages which are still selling will be noted as such, along with their original ratings.
May I enter a combination of market-ready products and pre-bottling previews?
Yes, if none were tasted before.
When and where do I deliver the tasting samples?
You and a member of the Logistics Team will jointly decide on a convenient date to deliver your tasting samples to Vineyard Connection. Click here for directions to Vineyard Connection. The address is: Delvera, corner R44 & Muldersvlei Road, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch.
May I ask for a different taster?
Yes. See paragraph 3 on this page under the heading How to have your products tasted and rated in Platter's.
Terms & Conditions
2. Companies or individuals who intend making wine, brandy, husk spirit or sherry-style wine in the future, and are still gearing up for that purpose, may be mentioned briefly at the editor’s discretion.
3. If you know of producers who would like to be featured in the new edition, please ask them to email Ina de Villiers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. There is no charge for an entry in the guide.
5. The factual information we publish is based on data supplied by producers as well as industry bodies, and our ratings are based on our considered expert opinion. All reasonable care will be taken in the preparation of this book, but the publishers and authors accept no liability whatsoever for any consequences, or loss, damages, whatsoever and howsoever incurred, or suffered resulting or arising from the use of the book (or digital extensions) or any information contained therein.
6. The cellar emergency telephone number (in the Producer Information document) and the mobile number of the person/s responsible for Platter's tasting samples (listed in the Wine, Brandy/Husk Spirit or Sherry-Style Wine Information sheet/s) will be regarded as confidential and will only be used internally (not published). All other information, including general email addresses and telephone numbers, will be regarded as "on the record" and may be used for editorial purposes. Clearly mark any further information that is not for publication as confidential.