Aug 26, 2017
Veritas Young Wine Writer 2017 announced
Dec 7, 2017


2016 Veritas Young Wine Writer Tshepang MolisanaEntries are now open for the 2017 Veritas Young Wine Writers Competition. This contest, presented by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA), aims to identify exciting new voices in the wine industry. It also presents an opportunity for the wine industry to engage with the next generation of wine writers and enthusiasts on various topical issues related to wine.

According to SANWSA chairperson Christo Pienaar, the ever changing digital era has created a multitude of platforms for sharing information. “As one of the stakeholders in the wine industry, we have a responsibility to ensure that as a collective we are part of the discussion surrounding South African wine, and that we help to cultivate a culture of wine interest and knowledge among consumers. We believe that this competition will create a new avenue for writers and bloggers to express themselves and thereby stimulate others to join in the exciting field of sharing views on all wine-related matters.”

The competition is open to all South African citizens/residents aged 18 – 35 years. No persons in full-time employment as wine writers in this age group are permitted to enter; nor previous winners of this competition.

Participants are requested to submit two entries: one article of 700 words, and one blog post of 300 words.

The article must be written on the following subject: Bulk to bottle – what will drive the industry shift from volume to value?

The blog must be written on: South Africa is a global leader in wine tourism. Write a reflection on client service you received in the wine industry recently.

All entries will be judged by a panel of experienced and distinguished South African wine writers.

Guidelines to consider include:

  • Content – reflect accuracy, readability, information transfer, education and a measure of entertainment value
  • Accuracy – it is imperative that that attention is given to spelling and grammar.
  • Reasoning – the ability to present a premise and conclusion or convincing argument.
  • Communication and narrative – reflect good ‘story-telling’ ability while sharing information with readers.

The winner will receive a cash prize of R15 000 and the runner-up R7 500. Entries may be submitted in any of the 11 official South African languages. All participants are to send this in MS Word format to: along with a completed entry form and short CV, stating specific details of previous wine-writing activities.

The competition closes at 12:00 on Friday 27 October 2017.

Click here to download the Entry form

Requests for entry forms or any enquiries can be directed to the SANWSA at the above e-mail address.

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