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Platter's Wine Guide

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, negociants 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 they're doing our best to remain the favourite guide to who's who and what's what in South Africa's winelands.

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