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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 worthy wines.

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For more detail about the 2022 event, please follow this link.

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ABOUT

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 is judged by wine retailers, sommeliers and wine industry professionals and awards gold medals to excellent wines at a price of R150 or less to the consumer. Wines are judged by qualified tasters, and the results are then statistically correlated to the price to determine whether the wines offer real value for money.

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. This competition also gives wines that might not have done well in other competitions a second chance to shine.

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 in the competition, the tasters will not know the identity or the price of the wines, so they will therefore judge the wines more fairly.

The awards

Winning products will be awarded Gold and Double Gold awards, and the Top 10 producers will be able to add the Top 10 Producer sticker to their products.

REACH THE CONSUMER

The vast majority of consumers buy wines at R150 or below per bottle, and wines in this price range will be the main benefactors of the awards.

The producers who do well will also be able to distinguish their wine among all the others 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
Early bird
cut-off date

22 August 2023
Cut-off date for
entries

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.

Normal entry
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.

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ADDED VALUE

As a value-add, we will also announce our Top 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.

Practical Details

Pertinent information about this event:

You are not obligated to order stickers if you win, 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.

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Uncertified wine may not be entered into the event. Each wine has to have a current WSR2 or WSR4 certificate showing that the wine was approved on the strength of taste and analysis by the 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.

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CATEGORIES ACCEPTED

No. CATEGORY 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
5 Method Ancestrale
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 White Wine
10 Bukettraube
11 Cape Riesling (Crouchen blanc)
12 Chardonnay RS<=10g/L
13 Chardonnay RS>10g/L
14 Chenin blanc RS<=10g/L
15 Chenin blanc RS>10g/L
16 Clairette Blanche
17 Colombar RS<=10g/L
18 Colombar RS>10g/L
19 Grenache Blanc
20 Grüner Veltliner
21 Hanepoot
22 Marzanne
23 White Muscadel RS<=10g/L
24 White Muscadel RS>10g/L
25 Nouvelle
26 Pinot Gris
27 Rousanne
28 Sauvignon blanc RS<=10g/L
29 Sauvignon blanc RS>10g/L
30 Semillon
31 Verdelho
32 Viognier
33 Weisser Riesling (Rhine Riesling)
34 Other Single White Non-Muscat Cultivar RS<=10g/L
35 Other Single White Muscat Cultivar RS<=10g/L
36 Other Single White Cultivar RS>10g/L
37 White Blend RS<=10g/L
38 White Blend RS>10g/L
39 White wine from a red cultivar
40 Blanc de Noir and Rosé RS<=10g/L
41 Blanc de Noir and Rosé RS>10g/L
No. CATEGORY SPECIFICATION
42 Low Alcohol Red Wine
43 Barbera
44 Cinsaut
45 Cabernet Franc
46 Cabernet Sauvignon
47 Carignan
48 Grenache Noir
49 Nebbiolo
50 Nero (Nero d’Avola)
51 Pinot Noir
52 Pinotage – Non-coffee style
53 Pinotage Coffee Style
54 Primitivo
55 Sangiovese
56 Malbec
57 Mourvedre
58 Nebbiolo
59 Petit Verdot
60 Petit Syrah (Durif)
61 Ruby Cabernet
62 Shiraz (Syrah)
63 Souzao
64 Tannat
65 Tempranillo
66 Tinta Barocca
67 Tinta Roriz
68 Touriga Nacional
69 Touriga Franca
70 Touriga Francesca
71 Other Red Cultivars
72 Bordeaux Styled Red Blend (May only contain the 5 Bdx cultivars)
73 Cape Blend (Must contain at least 30% Pinotage)
74 Rhône Style Blend
75 Shiraz Blend (must contain minimum 30% Shiraz)
76 Red and White Cultivar Blend
77 Other Red Blend
78 Sweet Red RS>10g/L
79 Natural Sweet Wine RS>50g/L
80 Late Harvest RS>30g/L
81 Special Late Harvest RS>50g/L
82 Noble Late Harvest/ Botrytis wine
83 Straw Wine
84 Cape White Port
85 Cape Pink Port
86 Cape Ruby Port
87 Cape Tawny Port
88 Cape Vintage Port
89 Cape Late Bottled Vintage Port

Event rules

  • 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.
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GET IN TOUCH

GENERAL EVENT ENQUIRIES
AND ADMINISTRATION

Sanet van Heerden

DROP-OFF POINT FOR SAMPLES

Neethlingshof Tasting Room
Neethlingshof Estate
Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch

Attention: Michelle Grimbeek
Tel: 082 773 0738
Email: michelle@ttpromotions.co.za

Directions:

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, michelle@ttpromotions.co.za or phone her on 082 773 0738.

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