The new Platter’s Wine Guide is on the book store shelves. With the tally of South African wines now exceeding 7,000, the uniquely comprehensive Platter’s Wine Guide 2012 is the wine lover’s indispensable “sat-nav”, showing the way through the maze of available brands and pinpointing the best quality and value.
Published since 1980, Platter’s is the original and still favourite guide to who’s who and what’s what in South Africa’s winelands. The 32nd edition features more than 900 South African wine producers, merchants and brands, including 58 new ones, and over 7,000 locally produced wines.
The guide’s wine descriptions and star ratings, compiled in association with a team of leading wine experts, make it easy to find the right wine for any occasion, while the good-value indicators highlight those bottlings which are especially budget friendly across all quality levels.
Published in hardcopy and a variety of digital formats, Platter’s 2012 also packs extensive information on where to go and what to do in wine country. Dining, accommodation and cellardoor tasting options are covered in detail, along with many and diverse winery amenities, attractions and activities. GPS coordinates, easy-to-use maps and quick look-up tables provide invaluable aides for visitors planning their own wineland rambles, while for those in search of a guided experience, listings of specialised wine tour operators offer a variety of alternatives.