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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 20 Wines in South Africa.

Winemag.co.za convenes panel tastings throughout the year in order to generate the in-depth category reports – 2021 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 R995 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, 36 bottles must be set aside at not charge, these to be served at an end-of-year awards event plus roadshow tastings in both Johannesburg and London.

Important 2021 dates for the REPORTS:

2021 month Winemag.co.za Report Entries Open Entries Close Sample Delivery Judging Date Report Released
Mar 10-Year-Old Wine  1 Mar 3 Mar 4 Mar 9 Mar 16 Mar
Mar  Cap Classique 1 Mar 17 Mar 18 Mar 26 Mar 31 Mar
Mar Apr Sweet Wine & Fortifieds 1 Mar 17 Mar 18 Mar 27 Mar 6 Apr
Mar Apr Chenin Blanc

Cape White Blend

23 Mar 7 Apr
8 Apr
16+17 Apr
28 Apr – 3 May
Apr May Cabernet Sauvignon  12 Apr
28 Apr
29 Apr
4+5 May 11 May
May Jun
Pinotage 3 May
19 May
20 May
25 May
1 Jun
May Jun
Merlot  24 May
9 Jun 10 Jun
15 Jun
22 Jun
Jun Jul
Minority: White | Red 14 Jun
30 Jun 1 July 9+10 Jul 20-21 Jul
Jul Aug Cape Bordeaux Red Blend 5 Jul 21 Jul 22 July 27 Jul 3 Aug
Jul Aug
Shiraz 26 Jul 11 Aug 12 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug
Aug Sept
Pinot Noir

Signature Red Blend

16 Aug 1 Sept 2 Sept 10 Sept 15 Sept

21 Sept

 Sept Oct
Sauvignon Blanc:

Unwooded | Wooded | Sauv-Sem

5 Sept
22 Sept 23 Sept 28+29 Sept 11-13 Oct
 Sept Oct
Chardonnay  27 Sept 13 Oct 14 Oct 19+20 Oct 27 Oct

The top performers are recognised via an online reveal and award events, announcing the Top 20 Wines of SA. The 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 R450/1000, 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)

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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 UPM Raflatac, 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 30 November 2021.

The entry kit will be available online from 1 October 2021, closing date is 17 November 2021. 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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