Food & Wine

Wineries to Watch

Wineries to Watch

There are few people who know as much about South African wines as Juliet Cullinan. Here, she shares some of her top winemakers to watch who she believes are making incredible waves in the wine industry, both new and established.

“I was the first woman wine journalist in Johannesburg and one of the youngest in the industry,” says Juliet. “I’ve met and showcased the wines of winemakers who now have sons who are the next generation of winemakers, and I really believe that recognition and celebration should be given to both yesterdays and tomorrows great stars.”

With that in mind, here are Juliet’s recommendations for names and wineries to look out for next time you’re at the bottle store.

  • Peter Finlayson of Bouchard Finlayson and Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum
  • Danie (senior) and Danie (junior) Steytler at Kaapzicht
  • Jacques and Reenen Borman at Boschkloof
  • Etienne Le Riche and Christo Le Riche at Le Riche
  • Braam and David Van Velden at Overgaauw
  • Neil and Warren Ellis at Neil Ellis Wines


Juliet’s adventures and insights into the world of wine can be found by following her on Twitter at @cullinanwine and on Instagram at @julietcullinanwine. To find out more, head to

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