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Competitions produces a variety of reports throughout the year. We taste blind and use the 100-point system in line with international convention.

Please see our Ratings System page for more details. Reports

Prescient, a multinational financial services company, sponsors all category reports that culminate in the annual announcement of the Top Wines in South Africa. convenes panel tastings throughout the year in order to generate the in-depth category reports – 2023 programme tabled below.

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

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 R1350 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 2024 dates for the REPORTS:

2023 month Report Entries Open Entries Close Sample Delivery Report Released
Feb-Apr Minority Report: White & Red 19 Feb 13 Mar 14 Mar 3 April
Mar – May Chenin Blanc

Cape White Blends


18 Mar 24 Apr
25 Apr
21 May
May – Jul Pinotage

Signature Red Blend

13 May 20 Jun 21 Jun 16 July
Jul – Aug Sauvignon Blanc

Sauv-Sem Blends

Cape Bordeaux Red Blends

8 Jul 7 Aug 8 Aug 27 Aug
Aug – Oct

Cabernet Sauvignon

26  Aug 25 Sep 26 Sep
18 Oct

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 rating stickers to promote their scores. Stickers are available at R550/1000, email or order via the shop. 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 R125.

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Label Design Awards: Wine | Beer | Spirits

Winemag has convened the Label Design Awards since 2015 commencing with the Wine category and introduced the Beer category in 2017. 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 wine and beer 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
  4. Labels forming a series – no price constraints.

Beers are judged in two categories:

  1. single labels
  2. labels forming a series.

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, the finalists will be displayed on 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 14 November 2024.

The entry kit will be available online from 1 August, closing date is 9 October. For further information, contact Jacqueline Lahoud on 083 654 7721 or

Join the conversation on X: @Winemag #LabelDesignAwards #Wine #Beer

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