Some of the best taste buds in the country have been busy tasting hundreds of wines in 21 categories for this year’s Veritas Awards.  The awards are now in their 31st year and very important in setting benchmarks for the industry.   The tastings concluded on the 16th of September and now the work of correlating all the information is taking place. The eagerly anticipated results will be announced at a ceremony on October the 8th. Keep an eye out for them as I will post them as soon as I get them.

Some of the judges take a break

LtoR:  Boela Gerber – Groot Constantia, Francois van Niekerk – Wellington Wines, Johann Fourie – Benguela Cove, Izelle van Blerk – KWV, Christo Pienaar – Chairman Veritas, Morney Vrey – Delair Graff, RJ Botha – Kleine Zalze, Hermias Hugo – Pulpit Rock Wines, Edmund Terblanche – La Motte


The local team of judges comprises various winemakers, researchers, academics, Cape Wine Masters, wine buyers, wine writers and consultants. The Cape Wine Masters continue to play an important role as independent judges at Veritas, with no less than twelve CWMs judging over the five days.


The wines and brandies were tasted over five days until Friday 16 September. The seven most keenly contested categories in terms of entries received are: Red Blends (181), Sauvignon Blanc (137), Shiraz (116), Cabernet Sauvignon (104), Chenin Blanc (95) and Chardonnay and Pinotage (90 each).