Michelangelo Wine and Spirits Awards 2020

Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Award 2020

Michelangelo Wine and Spirits Awards 2020


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 have accepted invitations to this year’s Michelangelo judging panel:

  • Elsie Pells – South Africa
  • Spencer Fondaumiere – South Africa
  • Wilhelm Pienaar -South Africa
  • Danielle le Roux – South Africa
  • Ben Snyman – South Africa
  • Anton Swarts- South Africa
  • Morgan Steyn -South Africa
  • Gregory Mutambe – South Africa
  • Raymond Noppé – South Africa

Find out more about the judges here

We are pleased to announce the following AWARDS:



  • Signature Viognier 2020
  • SignatureChenin Blanc 2020
  • Verreaux 2018


  • Signature Shiraz 2019
  • Albertus Viljoen Chardonnay 2018
  • Reserve CVC 2019
  • Vereaux Pinotage 2017
  • Thornlands
  • Brut Nature
  • Albertus Viljoen Chenin Blanc 2019


  • Sue Vermaak
    Posted at 19:39h, 15 October Reply

    My name is Sue Vermaak and had a bottle of Alvin’s Drift Chenin Blanc and loved it.. Definitely would like to know where we can purchase a case.

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