Wine and brandy makers from around the country have their sights set on
South Africa's two most prestigious industry competitions: the SA Young
Wine and Veritas Awards, and closing dates for entries are imminent.
Participants will be happy to learn they will be no more out of pocket than last year as the entry fees for both the Young Wine Show and Veritas will remain unchanged.
SA Young Wine Show
Entries close on Thursday 21 June for young wines from the 2012 harvest wishing to contend for the Young Wine awards. The SA Young Wine Show, the country’s biggest and oldest wine competition grants wine makers from the eight wine regions the opportunity to benchmark their different wines, experimental styles and new varieties against those of their peers.
Some 2 000 young wines annually aspire to be on the receiving end of the coveted General Smuts and Pietman Hugo trophies. The General Smuts trophy is the competition’s highest acclaim and goes to the overall champion, while the Pietman Hugo trophy is awarded to the cellar with the highest score for five different wines.
From 23 to 27 July specialist panels of qualified wine judges will take the youngster wines through their paces at the Nederburg Auction Complex. Wines take part in 17 categories and stand the chance to be named a SA Champion within these groupings. The categories include Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Other White Cultivars, Dry White Blends, Sweet White Wine, Noble Late Harvest, Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Red Cultivars, Dry Red Blends, Port, Dessert wine and Muscadel.
The superstars of the 2012 vintage will be announced at Bloemhof in Stellenbosch on Thursday 16 August during an award ceremony under the auspices of Agri-Expo, an ardent supporter of the South African wine industry for close to 180 years.
The cut-off date for entries for Veritas, SA’s most authoritative wine competition for market ready wines and brandies, is August 8th. Veritas double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals are undoubtedly on the wish list of the country’s leading wine makers and brandy masters.
“The well known Veritas emblem is synonym to quality excellence, and both local and international wine consumers often let their purchase decisions be guided by the presence of such a trusted symbol on the bottle,” says Charles Hopkins, newly-elected chairman of the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) responsible for this reputable competition.
This year’s judging process will take place from 3 to 7 September and those interested in the results will have to be patient until 6 October when the winners will be announced during an event held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Visit www.youngwineshow.co.za and www.veritas.co.za for full information and entry forms, or contact Elsabe Ferreira at 021 863 1599, fax 021 863 1552 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.