Sharing the SA Women’s Wine & Spirit Awards Press Release below. Click here to read the original article: The fifth SA Women’s Wine & Spirit Awards took place much later than originally anticipated. Michelle Grimbeek, the convenor of judges and her team welcomed the all-women panel on the morning of 19 November at the Nietvoorbij campus in Stellenbosch. The judges on the wine panel were Lisa du Toit, Wanda Cronje CWM, Tanja Beutler, Erika van Zyl, Esme Groenewald and Nadia Hefer. The judges on the spirit and liqueur panel were Dr Caroline Snyman CWM, Manzi Sishi and Marené de...

  Now, in its 24th year, the competition remains unique in South Africa, in that all judges are hand-picked wine experts, representing all seven continents. Since the start of the competition in 1997, more than 170 different judges from 46 countries (more recently including Russia, Romania and China) have served on the panel. All entries are judged blind by panels of 5 or 6 judges, using the 100-point international recognised OIV judging system. Amidst the bans and lockdown regulations of the Covid-19 pandemic, they have drawn the cream of South Africa’s wine and spirits industry for the 2020 judging panel. The following judges...

The spread of vineyards contributing to this year’s line-up of Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge winners shows just how adaptable the grape is, in the view of Chenin Blanc Association (CBA) chairman Ken Forrester. “From Stellenbosch to Worcester, Breedekloof and the cooler-climate Durbanville, these wines really do demonstrate Chenin’s ability to successfully put down roots in a variety of growing conditions. With the mounting impact of climate change worldwide, it’s not surprising that so many growers in the Americas and Australasia are now looking to it as the grape of their future, too”. Forrester said South Africa’s critical and...

We are really pleased to announce the following result scores from the 2020 Wine Report just launched live on Instagram via @timatkinmw. Mr Atkin is recognised as a world authority on South African wine (among others) and has tenaciously raised the perception of South African wines internationally. He works actively with the South African wine industry to change international perception and has been instrumental in facilitating awareness and engagement around the crisis currently facing the South African wine industry. It is an exceptional honour to have our wines rated by him. Tim Atkin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine,...

The National Wine Challenge, incorporating Top 100 SA Wines, the premier fine-wine-only wine competition in SA, launches the industry’s first set of key results for 2020. Given the nature of lockdown, it was of course not possible to host the annual celebratory fixture this year.  A strong line up of well over five hundred fine wine entries made for a very competitive challenge, albeit in exceptionally difficult industry circumstances.  Not a record number, but given the lockdowns, ban on sales, logistical issues to deliver and move wines and so on, we felt really very pleased with this result.  Moreover, the wine...

NWC / TOP 100 SA WINES 2019 This prestigious and hotly contested challenge sees a panel of top local and international judges pit themselves against thousands of exceptional submissions to rate wines per cultivar and blend. The top 100 best scoring wines across all cultivars and blends make it into the top 100 list with the best wine in each category being awarded the coveted position of “best in class”.  5 wines from Alvi’s Drift made the top 100 this year: The Verreaux - Pinotage Albertus Viljoen “Bismarck” – Cape Blend Albertus Viljoen Chardonnay Alvi’s Drift Reserve “CVC” – White blend Alvis Drift Signature Chenin blanc Our Flagship...