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The South African Young Wine Show – presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) – gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage.

The South African Young Wine Show dating back to 1833 - presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) - gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage. The eight participating wine regions are Robertson, Worcester/Breedekloof, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Oranje-Vaal, Olifants River, Swartland and Little Karoo. Individual entries from outside these regions are also encouraged. Champions are crowned in the following 17 categories: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Other White Cultivar, Dry White Blend, Sweetish Wine, Noble Late Harvest, Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Red Cultivar, Dry Red Blend, Port, Dessert Wine and Muscadel. In addition to the 17 SA championship trophies, the impressive General Smuts Trophy - introduced in 1952 - for the overall SA Champion Young Wine, and the Pietman Hugo Trophy, for the cellar with the highest score for five best entries, are also at stake.

History




The South African Young Wine Show was held for the first time in 1833, is probably one of the oldest wine shows in the world and the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Started by the Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society in 1833, the first show was held in the Company’s Garden in Cape Town. When the Agricultural Show moved to Rosebank and eventually to Goodwood the Young Wine Show became the show piece of the quality of the new made wines every year. The awards lunch preceded by the tasting of all the Gold medal and Trophy wines, was the highlight on the wine calendar in those years and this major wine event at the Goodwood Show Grounds will fondly be remembered as an all-day affair. Not only participants joined here, but the judges played an enormous role to give feedback and to train the young judges to take over in years to come.
The Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society – which changed its marketing brand name to Agri-Expo in 1996 – has over the years been actively involved with the SA Young Wine Show as owner of this remarkable wine show and maintains its involvement also as patron until this very day. In the process, Agri-Expo has entrusted the SANWSA as organisers with the most impressive collection of gold and silver trophies which are annually handed to the winners.
The competition’s two most coveted trophies Genl Smuts and Pietman Hugo – respectively for the overall champion young wine and the highest score for five best entries – were named after giants in South Africa’s history. General Jan Smuts piloted the creation of the KWV through Parliament during his reign as Prime Minister, and Pietman Hugo, is a former chairman of KWV.

When the Young Wine Show turned 180 years Wineland magazine published this comprehensive article on the history and present status of the Show.
Read more about the history…

Young Wine Writer competition




The Young Wine Writers competition is presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA). The objective is to identify exciting new voices from within and outside the industry that can communicate an original and innovative message to raise public interest in wine and the responsible use thereof. It also provides a springboard to launch the careers of talented young writers. The competition is open to South African citizens/residents between the ages of 18 and 35. Entries open in August and are judged by a panel of distinguished South African wine writers. A cash prize of R15 000 for the winner and R7 500 for the runner-up are at stake. The winners are announced during the first week in December.

WINNERS

2023 2022  

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Winner: Margaux Goosen 

Runner-up: Jenna Higgins 

Best Blog: Clint Van Heerden 

 

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Winner: Shandre  Van der Merwe 

Runner-up: Petri De Beer 

 

 

2021 2020 2019

Best Article: Ines de Sousa

Runner-up:  None

Winner:  Kristen Duff

Runner-up: Le Roi van der Vyfer

Winner: Raphaela van Embden

Runner-up: Alisa Knoblauch

2018 2017 2016

Winner: Llewellyn Lambert 

Runner-up: Catea Sinclair 

Winner: Gosia Podgorska 

Runner-up: Jo Wessels 

Winner: Tshepang Molisana 

Runner-up: Catea Sinclair 

2015 2014 2013

Winner: Malu Lambert

Runner-up:  Danielle Jacobs

Winner:  Sandile Mkhwanazi

Runner-up: Daisy Knowles

Winner:  Marthelize Tredoux

Runner-up:  Ricardo Gouveia