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Competitions

Winemag.co.za produces a variety of reports throughout the year. We use the 100-point system in line with international convention.

Please see our Ratings System page for more details.

Winemag.co.za Reports

Prescient, a multinational financial services company, sponsors all category reports that culminate in the annual announcement of the Top 10 Wines in South Africa.

Winemag.co.za convenes panel tastings throughout the year in order to generate the in-depth category reports – 2022 programme tabled below.

Wines are tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel chaired by Christian Eedes, editor of winemag.co.za.

Wines must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 100 six-bottle cases or 600 bottles. Wines must be certified as South African.

An entry fee of R1250 applies and payment must be made online. An entry sample takes the form of two bottles plus the entry form and a fact sheet with technical analysis. Samples must be delivered to 44 Liesbeek Road, Rosebank, Cape Town between 08h30 and 15h00 on the specified date. No late submissions will be accepted.

In the event a wine achieves Best in Category status, 12 bottles must be set aside at not charge, these to be served at award events plus roadshow tastings.

Important 2022 dates for the REPORTS:

2022 month winemag.co.za Report Entries Open Entries Close Sample Delivery Judging Date Report Released
Feb 10-Year-Old Wine  31 Jan 23 Feb 24 Feb 1 Mar 8 Mar
Mar – May Chenin Blanc

Cape White Blends

Shiraz

22 Mar 20 Apr
21 Apr
25 + 26 Apr

26 Apr

28 + 29 Apr

10 May
May – Jun Signature Red Blend 23 May 14 Jun 15 Jun 21 Jun 28 Jun
Jul – Aug Sauvignon Blanc

Sauv-Sem Blends

Cape Bordeaux Red Blends

20 Jun 20 Jul 21 July 25 + 26 Jul

26 Jul

27 + 28 Jul

10 Aug
 Sep – Nov
Chardonnay 

Cabernet Sauvignon

12 Sep 12 Oct 13 Oct 17 + 18 Oct

19 + 20 Oct

11 Nov

The Top 10 performers are celebrated at an awards event and revealed online. The full reports are available online and shared via social media and other channels.

Wineries may purchase winemag.co.za rating stickers to promote their scores. Stickers are available at R495/1000, email info@winemag.co.za to place an order. Stickers must be collected from 3 Main Drive, Sea Point, Cape Town on Tuesday or Friday of the week (021 439 3102) or select the courier option at an additional flat fee of R100.

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Label Design Awards: Wine | Beer | Spirits

Winemag has convened the Label Design Awards since 2015 commencing with the Wine category, in 2017 introduced the Beer category and from 2020, the Spirits category. This label design competition is proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel, with Avery Dennison, Synchron, Kemtek and HP Indigo as secondary sponsors.

The motivation for the competition is to reward outstanding design as an influence on wine, beer  and spirit purchases. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for beverages made in South Africa in these three categories. The judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. Only wines, beers and spirits produced in South Africa may be entered.

Wines are judged in four categories:

  1. R80 a bottle and under;
  2. over R80 a bottle;
  3. R500 a bottle and over and
  4. Labels forming a series – no price constraints.

Beers are judged in two categories:

  1. single labels and;
  2. labels forming a series.

Spirits are judged in two categories:

  1. single labels and;
  2. labels forming a series.

Wines, beers and spirits must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 50 six-bottle cases. Each entry must be accompanied by a 150-word creative rationale.

After official judging, the finalists will be displayed on winemag.co.za for a set period to allow for consumer voting to determine a “People’s Choice” winner for each category. The results will be announced on 29 November 2022.

The entry kit will be available online from 26 September 2022, closing date is 3 November 2022. For further information, contact Jacqueline Lahoud on 083 654 7721 or jax@winemag.co.za.

Join the conversation on twitter: @Winemag #LabelDesignAwards #Wine #Beer #Spirits

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