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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 excellent value-for-money wines.

Scenes from the 2022 Event

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



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 awards

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.


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:


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

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
 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.

Practical Details

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.

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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.

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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/Dealcoholised White Wine  
10 Albarino  
11 Bukettraube  
12 Cape Riesling (Crouchen blanc)  
13 Chardonnay RS<=10g/L
14 Chardonnay RS>10g/L
15 Chenin blanc RS<=10g/L
16 Chenin blanc RS>10g/L
17 Clairette Blanche  
18 Colombar RS<=10g/L
19 Colombar RS>10g/L
20 Grenache Blanc  
21 Grüner Veltliner  
22 Hanepoot  
23 Marzanne  
24 White Muscadel RS<=10g/L
25 White Muscadel RS>10g/L
26 Nouvelle  
27 Pinot Gris  
28 Rousanne  
29 Sauvignon blanc RS<=10g/L
30 Sauvignon blanc RS>10g/L
31 Semillon  
32 Verdelho  
33 Viognier  
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
38 White Blend RS<=10g/L
39 White Blend 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
43 Low Alcohol/Dealcoholised Red Wine
44 Barbera
45 Cinsaut
46 Cabernet Franc
47 Cabernet Sauvignon
48 Carignan
49 Grenache Noir
50 Nebbiolo
51 Nero (Nero d’Avola)
52 Pinot Noir
53 Pinotage – Non-coffee style
54 Pinotage Coffee Style
55 Primitivo
56 Sangiovese
57 Malbec
58 Merlot
59 Mourvedre
60 Nebbiolo
61 Petit Verdot
62 Petit Syrah (Durif)
63 Ruby Cabernet
64 Shiraz (Syrah)
65 Souzao
66 Tannat
67 Tempranillo
68 Tinta Barocca
69 Tinta Roriz
70 Touriga Nacional
71 Touriga Franca
72 Touriga Francesca
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
81 Natural Sweet Wine RS>50g/L
82 Late Harvest RS>30g/L
83 Special Late Harvest RS>50g/L
84 Noble Late Harvest/ Botrytis wine  
85 Straw 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  
92 Port Other  
93 White Non-Muscat Jerepigo  
94 Red Non-Muscat Jeripigo  
95 Hanepoot Jeripigo  
96 White Muscadel Jeripigo  
97 Red Muscadel Jeripigo  
98 Fino Sherry  
99 Oloroso Sherry  
100 Cream Sherry (Full Cream)  

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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Sanet van Heerden


Neethlingshof Tasting Room
Neethlingshof Estate
Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch

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


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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