Welcome to the first South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s Top Sommeliers, in categories moulded around those of a “wine list”
What makes us different….?
The Sommeliers Selection is young, plugged-in and targeting the everyday wine drinker through new and innovative ways, including a strong social & traditional media campaign, neck tags and bold stickers on every winning bottle.
Although The Sommeliers Selection is fresh, new, and different we are serious about wine and guarantee that the highest standard of audited judging criteria will be applied.
Winning wines, referred to as “Listed Wines” will be listed on the sought-after Sommeliers Selection wine list. This wine list will be distributed countrywide to trade and restaurants.
All listed wines carry the Sommeliers Selection seal of approval by means of a Gold Sticker and Necktag.
Our stickers and necktags will stand out on retail shelves and thus guide the everyday consumer with their wine purchases.
Entries will be judged for their food appropriateness and their gastronomical relevance.
The judges will look at stylistic approach to wines, regionality and price points.
All wines will be tasted blind by the sommeliers.
We welcome a diversity of vintages in every category.
The South African Sommeliers on the panel all have extensive local and international judging and work experience. Their in-depth knowledge of international and local markets and what the public is looking for in their drinking wines, or pairing with food wines is unparalleled.
What's new this year?
This year you will be pleased to note that you only need to fill in 1 form for up to 8 of your entries.
Entry cost R1000 ex VAT
3 entries = R 2700 ex VAT (10% discount)
5 entries = R4250 ex Vat (15% discount)
8 entries or more get a 20% discount
50% discount on the winning wines fee:
This year we will give 50% discount to the fee from each winning winery - we will be working as follows: R1750 & 6 bottles of wines - this allows for us to carry on with online competitions, social media and promotions with Wine of the Month club and other online retailers.
It will also include 4000 stickers or 2000 stickers and 2000 neck-tags.
We have have built relationships with online wine retailers and are excited to punt our winning wines online - which after all, is the new normal...
We will host an awards ceremony and then will offer shows and tutored tasting which will be optional for winning wineries.
The public and trade tastings will hopefully take place early next year when gatherings are once again opened up and restaurants and bars are up and running.
We are planning for entries to close mid August with judging by the end of August.
All Judges will have to be local as local travel will probably still be prohibited, our judges will be chosen and appointed by the end of the month.