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 convenes panel tastings throughout the year in order to generate the in-depth category reports. These are as follows:
|February||10-Year-Old Wine Report|
|March||Alternative Varieties Report|
|April||Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report|
|June||Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report|
|July||Signature Red Blend Report|
|September||Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report|
|October||Prescient Chardonnay Report|
|November||Sauv-Sem Blend & Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report|
|December||Chenin Blanc & Cape White Blend Report|
Wines are tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel consisting of Christian Eedes as chairman as well as Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine.
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 R899 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.
These reports are essential reading for wine lovers and industry – please inquire if you see value in taking ownership of those not already sponsored.
Important 2019 dates for the REPORTS:
|2019 month||Winemag reports||Entries open||Entries Close||Sample Delivery||Report Released|
|February||10 Year Old Wine Report (Luxury Time Watches)||21 Jan||6 Feb||7 Feb||4 Mar|
|March||Alternative Varieties Report||4 Mar||19 Mar||20 Mar||9 Apr|
|April||Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report||25 Mar||10 Apr||11 Apr||2 May|
|May||Merlot Report (Taransaud)||23 Apr||9 May||10 May||5 June|
|June||Cape Bordeaux Red Blend (Sylvain)||27 May||12 June||13 June||9 July|
|July||Signature Report||24 June||10 July||11 July||30 July|
|August||Shiraz Report||15 July||31 July||1 Aug||20 Aug|
|August||Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report||12 Aug||28 Aug||29 Aug||17 Sept|
|September||Prescient Chardonnay Report||9 Sept||25 Sept||26 Sept||15 Oct|
|October||Sauv-Sem & Wooded SauvBl (Sylvain)||7 Oct||23 Oct||24 Oct||12 Nov|
|November||Chenin & Cape Blend Report||4 Nov||20 Nov||21 Nov||3 Dec|
The top performers are recognised at a special event and the reports are available online.
Wineries may purchase Winemag.co.za rating stickers and many of the wines are available for online purchase via Cybercellar.com.
These regular tastings seek to identify the best everyday drinking wines to be had, specifically those selling at a price of R60 to R120 a bottle.
In conjunction with our retail partner Cybercellar.com, Winemag.co.za convenes the following Best Value Tastings:
White wines between R60 – R120
Red wines between R60 – R120
|July:||White Blends||July:||Red Blends|
|September:||Sauvignon Blanc||September:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
Wines are judged blind (labels out of sight) using the 100-point system by two panels of three judges, namely:
Wines must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 167 six-bottle cases or 1 000 bottles. Each entry must be submitted online. Wines must be certified as South African.
An entry sample takes the form of two bottles plus the entry form (completed online) and a fact sheet with technical analysis. An entry fee of R899 applies and payment must be made online Samples must be delivered to Wine Cellar, Prices Park, Nelson Road, Observatory, Cape Town between 08h30 and 15h00 on the specified date. No late submissions will be accepted.
Important 2019 dates for the BEST VALUE TASTINGS:
|2019 Month||Best Value Categories||Entries Open||Entries Close||Delivery Date||Results Announced|
|May||Chardonnay||6 May||22 May||23 May||11 June|
|May||Pinotage||6 May||22 May||23 May||16 June|
|June||Shiraz||3 June||19 June||20 June||2 July|
|June||Chenin Blanc||3 June||19 June||20 June||16 July|
|July||White Blends||1 July||17 July||18 July||6 August|
|Aug||Rosé||5 August||21 August||22 August||3 September|
|Aug||Merlot||5 August||21 August||22 August||10 September|
|Sept||Sauvignon Blanc||2 September||18 Sept||19 Sept||1 October|
|Sept||Cabernet Sauvignon||2 September||18 Sept||19 Sept||10 October|
The full results are published on Winemag.co.za and circulated via social media.
Wineries may purchase Winemag Best Value Rating stickers and many of the wines will be made available for online purchase via Cybercellar.com
The best-rated wines in each category will be invited to showcase their wine at an annual public tasting event with .
Winemag has convened the Wine Label Design Awards since 2015 and the Beer Label Design Awards since 2017, both proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel, with Synchron and UPM Raflatac in a secondary capacity.
The motivation for the competition is to reward outstanding design as an influence on wine and beer purchases. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for beer made in South Africa and judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. Only wines and beers produced in South Africa may be entered.
Wines are judged in four categories:
Beers are judged in two categories:
Wines and beers 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, some of the best work is displayed on Winemag.co.za for a set period to allow for consumer voting to determine a “People’s Choice” winner for both wine and beer.