Stellenbosch estate Kleine Zalze 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; and its inclusion in the 2018 Top Wine SA Hall of Fame.
The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) is the UK’s only competition to be aimed solely at the on-trade. Judged by a panel of top leading sommeliers and on-trade drinks buyers, the competition rewards the best wines available to restaurants, bars and hotels in the UK and beyond.
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, that ranked top performers in one of South Africa’s most valuable markets by country, as well as overall. It is a report to which Kleine Zalze is no stranger, having been featured as the most successful South African brand in UK restaurants and hotels, as well as being on the list for over a decade.
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.