Fancourt restaurants win top South African awards for their wine cellars


(Posted 03rd September 2017)

Two of Fancourt’s well-known restaurants on the estate – Henry White’s and La Cantina – have been presented with the sought-after Diners Club Wine List Awards, following on the recognition of last year’s judging panel. The annual awards, which are more than two decades old, recognise eateries that take great care in their wine selection and pairing of food and wine.
This correspondent had the opportunity earlier this year to sample both restaurants while staying at the Manor House and – while not having sampled any of the wines which were offered – can confirm the impressive wine lists and the acumen of the sommelier of the estate.

Diners Club Wine List Awards do not only attract restaurants eager to gain recognition for their class and style, it also attracts an ever-growing number of patrons who understand that the perfect meal is greatly enhanced by a matching fine wine.

Thirty-two restaurants, including Henry White’s, the award winning fine dining restaurant at Fancourt’s romantic boutique hotel Manor House as well as La Cantina, Fancourt’s hugely popular family Italian restaurant – they also serve a mean Egg Benedict for breakfast – achieved ‘diamond’ status, the highest tribute with a score of 91% or higher.
Henry White’s and La Cantina both won the Diamond Award in the Southern Cape territory, with only one other restaurant in the area achieving this accolade. Henry White’s also won the Best Diamond in the Eastern Cape.

We are extremely proud of our achievements, which is thanks to our Food and Beverage team’s very careful planning and selection of a range of different wines to appeal to our guests‘ says Sollie Bester, Wine Director/Banqueting Manager of Fancourt.

When responding to the news, Peter Dros, the Head of Sales and Marketing at Fancourt, had the following to say: ‘Fancourt’s restaurants continue to maintain the standards of the contemporary diner’s preferences, including good wines by the glass. We are delighted that we have been recognised accordingly‘.

For added information also read the following articles published by this author about his visit to the Fancourt estate and his ratings on TripAdvisor for the hotel and the restaurants:

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