Excellent wine at
R150 or less
The Gold Wine Awards was born out of a need to help the consumer make more educated buying decisions and to promote excellent value-for-money wines.
SOME OF OUR PARTNERS THAT HELP MAKE THIS EVENT A SUCCESS
With the huge variety of wines available to the consumer on the shelves, there is very little information available to guide them in making quality choices, especially in the lower price categories.
The Gold Wine Awards employs a distinguished panel of esteemed wine retailers, sommeliers, and wine industry professionals renowned for their expertise. This illustrious judging body meticulously evaluates a selection of exceptional wines priced at R150 or below, meticulously assessing their value-for-money proposition.
The pinnacle of distinction, the coveted Double Gold award, is exclusively bestowed upon the truly exceptional wines that exhibit unparalleled excellence.
Through rigorous statistical analysis, the tasters’ results are meticulously correlated with the corresponding price points, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of the wines’ genuine value-for-money proposition.
The Gold Wine Awards epitomizes scientific rigour and unwavering dedication, guiding discerning consumers towards outstanding wines that transcend mere cost and offer an extraordinary balance of quality and value.
Often, consumers do not have any guidance to help them choose from the many wine brands out there, especially for those that sell at lower prices. This event aims to make it easier for the consumer to make informed choices by commending wines that are very reasonably priced.
This event aims to give all wines a fair chance by making sure the judges do not suffer from flavour fatigue; this is achieved by not requiring the judges to taste more than 10 wines of a kind in a row.
It has been found that when wine tasters know the price of a wine, they often tend to be biased in favour of the more expensive wines. In the double-blind tastings that will be conducted at this event, the tasters will not know the identity or the price of the wines, and will therefore judge the wines more fairly.
The wines that emerge victorious will be bestowed with Gold and Double Gold awards, while the Top 10 producers will earn the coveted privilege of displaying the Top 10 Producer sticker on their products.
REACH THE CONSUMER
The vast majority of consumers opt for wines priced at R150 or below per bottle, and it is wines in this price bracket that will reap the benefits of these esteemed awards.
Producers who fare well in this competition will be able to set their wine apart from the multitude of other options available on the shelf.
Some recent news:
DATES AND PRICING
Important dates and costs to note:
4 April 2023
Event is open for entries
18 July 2023
22 August 2023
Cut-off date for
28 and 29 August 2023
Delivery of samples
4 September 2023
Producers receive results
Early Bird Special
R890 per entry (excl VAT) if the entry
is done by 18 July 2023.
R1095 per entry (excl VAT) if the entry
is done after the early bird special
ends, but by 22 August 2023.
Stickers will be available to the award winners at a price of R375 (excl VAT) per 1000.
Here are some of our partners making this event a success
As a value-add, we will also announce our Top 10 Excellent Value at the Price Producer brands. The top 10 producers that win this award will be able to put a sticker on all their winning wines that were entered into the event, and the sticker will be available at R375 excluding VAT per 1000.
Theron du Plessis Chartered and Professional Accountants will audit the tasting process to make sure tastings are done without any outside influence.
Pertinent information about this event:
You are not obligated to order stickers if you win an award, but if you do request stickers, you have to accept and pay for them when the winners are announced, as set out in the event rules.
Uncertified wine may be entered into the event. Each certified wine has to have a current WSR2 or WSR4 certificate showing that the wine was approved on the strength of taste and analysis by SAWIS, or a Department of Agriculture Wine-on-Line screen capture printout to show the wine has a current tasting date on 4 September 2023. This certificate must be current (i.e. the wine must have been tasted and approved by the board no later than one year before the above date in the case of a white wine, and 18 months prior in the case of a red wine). Samples without this certificate or a screen capture of it will not be accepted.
No refunds will be paid if the WSR2 or WSR4 certificate is not current, or if a Department of Agriculture printout from Wine-on-Line to show the wine has a current tasting date cannot be produced.
|No.||WHITE WINE CATEGORIES||SPECIFICATION|
|1||Perlé or slightly Sparkling Wine||RS<=10g/L|
|2||Perlé or slightly Sparkling Wine||RS>10g/L|
|3||Sparkling Wine (Not Bottle Fermented)||RS<=15g/L|
|4||Sparkling Wine (Not Bottle Fermented)||RS>15g/L|
|6||Sparkling Wine Bottle Fermented Zero Dossage|
|7||Sparkling Wine Bottle Fermented||RS<=15g/L|
|8||Sparkling Wine Bottle Fermented||RS>15g/L|
|9||Low Alcohol/Dealcoholised White Wine|
|12||Cape Riesling (Crouchen blanc)|
|34||Weisser Riesling (Rhine Riesling)|
|35||Other Single White Non-Muscat Cultivar||RS<=10g/L|
|36||Other Single White Muscat Cultivar||RS<=10g/L|
|37||Other Single White Cultivar||RS>10g/L|
|40||White wine from a red cultivar|
|41||Blanc de Noir and Rosé||RS<=10g/L|
|42||Blanc de Noir and Rosé||RS>10g/L|
|No.||RED WINE CATEGORIES||SPECIFICATION|
|43||Low Alcohol/Dealcoholised Red Wine|
|51||Nero (Nero d’Avola)|
|53||Pinotage – Non-coffee style|
|54||Pinotage Coffee Style|
|62||Petit Syrah (Durif)|
|73||Other Red Cultivars|
|74||Bordeaux Styled Red Blend (May only contain the 5 Bdx cultivars)|
|75||Cape Blend (Must contain at least 30% Pinotage)|
|76||Rhône Style Blend|
|77||Shiraz Blend (must contain minimum 30% Shiraz)|
|78||Red and White Cultivar Blend|
|79||Other Red Blend|
|No.||SWEET WINE CATEGORIES||SPECIFICATION|
|81||Natural Sweet Wine||RS>50g/L|
|83||Special Late Harvest||RS>50g/L|
|84||Noble Late Harvest/ Botrytis wine|
|86||Cape White Port|
|87||Cape Pink Port|
|88||Cape Ruby Port|
|89||Cape Tawny Port|
|90||Cape Vintage Port|
|91||Cape Late Bottled Vintage Port|
|93||White Non-Muscat Jerepigo|
|94||Red Non-Muscat Jeripigo|
|96||White Muscadel Jeripigo|
|97||Red Muscadel Jeripigo|
|100||Cream Sherry (Full Cream)|
- Only wine that is available in South Africa to consumers at, R150 including VAT per bottle or less may be entered.
- Submission of entries online by the cut-off date for entries constitutes acceptance of all the rules and entry fees will have to be paid for these entries. Entries can be deleted before the cut-off time if necessary, but not afterwards.
- Tank samples will not be accepted as entries into the event.
GET IN TOUCH
GENERAL EVENT ENQUIRIES
Sanet van Heerden
084 446 0412
DROP-OFF POINT FOR SAMPLES
Neethlingshof Tasting Room
Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch
Attention: Michelle Grimbeek
Tel: 082 773 0738
When you enter the main gate at Neethlingshof Estate, you will find the Neethlingshof Tasting Room on your right-hand side at the end of the road. Delivery queries should be directed to, Michelle Grimbeek, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 082 773 0738.