The Paarl-Simonsig ward was recently announced as the SA Terroir Top Area at the annual Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards. This prestigious competition reviewed wines from 14 different wine terroirs in the Cape winelands region.
Four wineries from the ward produced National Winners to secure the top terroir accolade for Paarl. The producers were Anura, Babylonstoren, Glen Carlou and Mitre’s Edge.
According to Annelize Stroebel of the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association, which includes the Paarl Wine Route, this accolade is a tremendous achievement for Paarl. “To be crowned as the top terroir in the country is a really exciting development and will mean so much for our local producers. Paarl has long been renowned for its award-winning wines, but this will definitely cement our reputation as a top quality wine producing region in the South African wine industry,” said Stroebel.
“It is especially significant that all four of the National Trophy winners were different wine varietals, including Chardonnay, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Viognier. Over the years, Paarl has almost become synonymous with world-class Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, so it is great to see that other varietals are also starting to show their class. This accolade is the perfect opportunity to showcase that Paarl can hold its own against other wine regions,” concludes Stroebel.
The Novare Terroir Wine Awards were established thirteen years ago to assist in developing South Africa’s globally recognized wine industry.