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About Platter's South African Wine Guide

Our mission

We'd like to encourage you to taste, buy and responsibly enjoy South African wine, and if we can help you choose a bottle to get excited about, invest in, show off with, cook up a storm over, or just enjoy for its own sake, we'd consider it job done.

South Africa's first and still best-selling wine annual, Platter's Guide is the comprehensive, up-to-date and authoritative guide to who's who and what's what in the winelands. Featuring hundreds of producers, merchants and brands, and thousands of individual wines, Platter's Guide packs everything you need to know about the South African wine scene into an informative and entertaining format.

Platter's Guide was conceived in 1978 by winelovers and print journalists John and Erica Platter, after reading Hugh Johnson's ground-breaking Pocket Wine Book.

The couple wryly recall that the first (1980) edition - an attempt at assembling a local version of the Pocket Book, recording as many of the why, where, when and how specifics as possible - was dismissed as "boring"" and a "waste of their money" by a compositor employed by the very company commissioned to do the printing! But three decades, two Best Wine Guide Worldwide awards, and well over 1.5 million copies later, we'd like to think the Platters were onto something.

They've since handed the reins to a new team, and we're doing our best to remain the favourite guide to who's who and what's what in South Africa's winelands.

Platter's in the media

  • "South Africa's ultimate wine guide."

    Supermarket & Retailer
  • "An indispensable source of information about the local wine industry."

  • "Makes it easy to find the right wine for any occasion."

  • "South Africa's top wine guide."

    Fair Lady
  • "The ideal companion for any wine lover."

  • "Snapped up by professionals, amateurs and tourists."

    Wine South Africa
  • "A flag bearer and trusted icon of the industry."

  • "Assists consumers tremendously."

Our products

Platter's mobile app

With Platter's mobile app in your pocket, you can have access to the following features anytime, anywhere:

  • All the current ratings
  • Key information on producers and their wines
  • All wine ratings back to 2008.

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