Tim James, contributor to this website, has won the Du Toitskloof South African Wine Writer Award held in association with Standard Bank for the second year in a row.
To tie into Cape Town’s status as World Design Capital for 2014, entrants had to submit original, unpublished pieces of between 1 500 and 2 000 discussing the role the local wine culture has played in contributing towards the values and aesthetics of design in the Western Cape. James received a prize of R30 000 for an article titled “Getting the Mountains into (and onto) the Bottle”.
Professor Gabriël Botma from the University of Stellenbosch’s Journalism Department was convenor of the judging panel. This year’s other judges were Prof Ian Glenn from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Media Studies, travel writer Ernst Grundlingh from Weg/Go and former Wynboer editor Maureen Joubert.
The four other entrants of the Du Toitskloof SA Wine Writer of the Year, in association with Standard Bank, were Ricardo Gouveia, Melvyn Minnaar, Tshepang Molisina and Joanne Gibson.