Search for rising wine stars

29 May 2015


It’s show time. We are calling all winemakers from every corner of the South African wine lands to submit their rising and fledgling stars of the 2015 harvest for the SA Young Wine Awards. Entries close on 24 June at the regional wine show associations and on 09 July at the SA National Wine Show Association (SANWSA).

The SA Young Wine Show has been granting wine makers the opportunity to benchmark different wines, experimental styles and new varieties against those of their peers since 1833 making it the oldest wine show in the world.

Nowadays entrants compete for SA Champion trophies in 17 classes. White wine classes include Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Other White Cultivars, Dry White Blends, Off-dry White Wines and Noble Late Harvest. In the classes for red wines the battle will be on for trophies for the best Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Red Cultivars and Dry Red Blends. Judges will also be looking for the most outstanding Port, Dessert Wine and Muscadel.

The stakes are high. Some 2 000 contenders annually aspire to clinch the coveted General Smuts and Pietman Hugo trophies. The General Smuts trophy is the competition’s highest acclaim and goes to the overall champion, while the Pietman Hugo trophy is awarded to the cellar with the highest score for five different wines.

Specialist panels consisting of seven qualified wine judges per panel will put the youngsters through their paces at the Nederburg Auction Complex from 27 to 31 July. The winners will be revealed at the awards luncheon on 21 August, which will be hosted by the Oranje Vaal Wine Region at the spectacular Augrabies Falls, near Upington.

The SA Young Wine Show catalogue and entry forms are available at or send an email to Follow SA Young Wine Awards on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Google+ SA Young Wine for the latest news. Join the conversation using #sayoungwine.


Issued by Marlene Truter Communications

tel 083 294 6060

On behalf of SA Young Wine Show

tel 021 863 1599


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