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Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Team Nederburg coach, Jean Vincent Ridon, reports on The World Blind Tasting Championship

With a 12th position at the World Blind Tasting Challenge on the 12th of October 2019 in Chambord (France) Team South Africa gained much more than an honourable position, they proved to the world that South Africa is a great wine nation.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Sunday, 13 October, 2019

TeamSA2019 does well at the World Championships in France

Team South Africa #teamnederburg was up against 26 countries in this year's World Championships held at the impressive Chateau de Chambord, coming 12th.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Friday, 11 October, 2019

World Blind Tasting Championship - #TeamNederburg: The training never stops

T-minus one day until the championship. Team Nederburg placed 10th last year and are training hard for their tasting stand-off against Italy, Sweden, France, Switzerland and other strong teams.
Trudie Webb (Editor)

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Monday, 7 October, 2019

Nederburg’s Team SA optimistic about chances in International Wine Tasting Event

Team South Africa is hoping to up its game in this week’s World Blind Tasting Championship (WBTC) in France, when four local contestants will go head-to-head with 28 top wine-tasting teams from across the globe.
Nederburg

Monday, 7 October, 2019

#VinoPeople: Anita Streicher-Nel shares highlights from her years as part of #TeamNederburg for the World Blind Tasting Championships

Anita Streicher-Nel, Sales and Marketing Manager at Grangehurst, has been flying the South African flag high as part of #TeamNederburg at the World Blind Tasting Championships for five years. She shares some insights and highlights from the competition.
wine.co.za , Trudie Webb (Editor)

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Thursday, 15 August, 2019

Introducing Team Zimbabwe 2019

Zimbabwe has participated at the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships for 2 years running, producing good results. This year the team will be heading back to Chambord, France to compete for one of the coveted title in the wine industry.
Team Zimbabwe

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Monday, 22 July, 2019

TeamSA2019 for South African Tasting Champs announced!

There was much tension in the air at the start of the tough finals the South African Wine Tasting Championships at the Taj Hotel on Sunday 21 July, which, in fact continued right throughout the day until the very last minute of the announcement of TeamSA!
Judy Brower

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Friday, 19 July, 2019

Who will be in Team Nederburg?

Team Nederburg 2019 will be announced this Sunday at the finals of the South African Wine Tasting Championships to be held at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town.
Jean Vincent Ridon - SAWTC

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Monday, 15 July, 2019

Heidi Kritzinger makes it to the finals of the 2019 SAWTC

The last seat to the National finals of the South African Wine Tasting Championships has been won at the Tops@Spar Wine Show held on Sat 13th July.
Jean Vincent Ridon - SAWTC

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Wednesday, 10 July, 2019

Last chance to qualify for Team Nederburg 2019

Every year the South African Team which competes at the Word Blind Tasting Challenge is selected out of regional wine tasting competitions in order to identify the best of the best. The last seat to the National finals is up for grabs on the 13th of July at the Tops@Spar Wine Show Grand West.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Sunday, 9 June, 2019

Announcing Gauteng SAWTC Winners...

The Johannesburg South African Wine Tasting Championship selection was held part of the Tops at Spar Wine Show on the 8th of June 2019. Taking place at Montecasino, the Tops at Spar Wine Show is the most exciting wine festival for the wine lovers looking for a unique wine experience. The recent partnership between Tops at Spar and SAWTC offers visitors an opportunity to be a top Super Taster.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Monday, 3 June, 2019

Announcing Western Cape winners of the 2019 South African Wine Tasting Champs

The South African Wine Tasting Championships Provincial leg for the Western Cape took place at the TAJ Hotel on Saturday 1st of June 2019. It was the opportunity for wine lovers to compete and show their wine tasting talents. Running since 2013, the SAWTC selects candidates to make the Team representing South Africa at the World Blind Tasting Challenge, the Olympics of wine tasting.
SA Wine Tasting Championships

Friday, 31 May, 2019

You heard it through the grapevine – the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show is back in Joburg next week

Less than a week is what separates you from your next exceptional wine experience. The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show is back in Joburg from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 June at Montecasino, and you’re invited to taste and explore a ‘Winederland’ of ti(tannic) proportions – and if you get your tickets before Sunday you’ll pay only R92,50!
TOPS at SPAR Wine Show

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Friday, 31 May, 2019

Selection of Team Nederburg 2019 is heating up!

After the Durban selection at the Tops @Spar Wine show early May, this Saturday 1st of June will see the SAWTC Western Cape selection at the Taj Hotel, a wine tasting competition where at least 10 seats for the finals will be up for grabs by members of the public.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Wednesday, 29 May, 2019

Is wine-tasting an Olympic Sport?

For some, wine tasting is not just a hobby, it is a sport! Can it be more geeky than a Star Wars convention?
Jean Vincent Ridon - SAWTC

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Monday, 13 May, 2019

Congratulations to the Top Tasters from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Arrogantly seen from Cape Town with a bit of a condescending attitude, Durban does not enjoy the status of a wine city. Capetonians are wrong! Not only is Durban the base of a growing wine lovers’ community, but the Tops at Spar Wine Show managed to gather the best of them to explore the beauty of the Cape wines.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Friday, 26 April, 2019

Search for a Super Taster. Could you be one?

Only a small percentage of the world’s population has the genetic predisposition to enjoy a hyper-accurate palate memory – BUT you can develop your wine palate, and now’s the time to do it, in preparation for the South African Wine Tasting Championships (SAWTC).
TOPS at SPAR Wine Show

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Monday, 4 February, 2019

Team South Africa 2018 still travelling the world

Team South Africa is gaining international traction with three of its members being invited to judge at the prestigious 2019 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles being hosted in Aigle.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Team Nederburg Visits the Cradle of Malbec

This year Team Nederburg wanted to explore the side roads of wines in order to train for the world championship. If everyone knows about the Argentinian Malbec, the cultivar that became the national flagship grape of this South American country, few people know that Malbec originates form a very scenic part of France, the Lot valley, around the town of Cahors.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Team Nederburg Unplugged

While Team Nederburg's participation to the World Blind Tasting Championships ended up in a memorable performance, pushing South Africa up to the Top 10 world ranking is not the consequence of a lucky guess, it is the fruit of real team-building between the 5 members of Team SA and myself as team coach.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Sunday, 14 October, 2018

Africa does well at the World Blind Tasting Champs

Twenty-three countries participated to The World Blind Tasting Championships held at Chateau Saint Pierre de Serjac on the 13th of October 2018. Organised by La Revue du Vin France since 2013, the championship sees teams of wine lovers competing to identify 12 wines served to them blind
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Friday, 5 October, 2018

Countdown to D-Day for Team SA

With a last training session on local soil behind their back, South Africa's heavyweight palates depart for France today to participate in the World Blind Tasting Championships (WBTC) in France on Friday, 13 October. Meet #TeamNederburg #TeamSA2018...
wine.co.za / Trudie Webb (News Editor)

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Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Team Zim 2018 getting ready for France

Team Zim appoints Cassius Gumbo to coach them for their 2nd year when taking on the world at the World Blind Wine Tasting Competition in France in October.
Team Zimbabwe 2018

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Monday, 2 July, 2018

Nederburg TeamSA Announced

It took twelve wines from all around the world to decide who will compose Team Nederburg 2018 who will represent South Africa at the World Blind Tasting Challenge in October.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Who will be in Nederburg Team South Africa 2018?

After two provincial championships, one at the Taj Hotel in Capetown and the other at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival in Johannesburg, the best wine tasters from all around the country will meet this Sunday to decide who will join Nederburg Team South Africa 2018.
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Friday, 8 June, 2018

Gauteng SAWTC 2018 winners announced - now for the finals

Lerato Moleleko becomes the Queen of Gauteng, a step closer to take over France
Jean Vincent Ridon

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Monday, 4 June, 2018

Jolette Steyn keeps her crown: SAWTC 2018 Cape Town

The 6th edition of the Cape Town South African Wine Tasting Championships took place at the TAJ Hotel in Cape Town on the 2nd of June 2018.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

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Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

Team South Africa: An inside account of the World Blind Tasting Championships

Jean Vincent Ridon, coach of Team SA, gives a blow-by-blow account of their participation in this year's World Blind Wine Tasting Championships, held in Burgundy on 14th Oct.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

World Wine Tasting Championships 2017

Zimbabwean-born Tam and I went briefly to gloriously autumnal Burgundy last weekend to witness the performance of the Zimbabwe team in the fifth World Wine Tasting Championships.
Jancis Robinson

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Sunday, 15 October, 2017

Team Africa goes up against the world in France

Team Africa (SA & Zim) competed, alongside 23 other countries, in the 2017 World Blind Wine tasting Championships held on Saturday 14th Oct at Château de Gilly, in Burgundy.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Wednesday, 11 October, 2017

Introducing Team SA 2017 : Nkululeko Mkhwanazi

Team South Africa took to the skies on Sunday 8th Oct, to participate in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships to be held in Burgundy, France on Saturday 14th Oct. Nkululeko is waiting on the reserve bench to be called.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Wednesday, 11 October, 2017

Day 2: News from Team SA & Zim in France

Team SA and Team Zim spent a wonderful day in Champagne. Team Africa are being taken on a tour of France and Germany by coach Jean Vincent Ridon in preparation of the World Blind Wine Tasting Champs this Saturday 14th Oct. Jeanri-Tine reports...
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Tuesday, 10 October, 2017

Introducing Team SA 2017 : Jolette Steyn

Team South Africa took to the skies on Sunday 8th Oct, to participate in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships to be held in Burgundy, France on Saturday 14th Oct. Jolette is one of 2 winemakers in the team.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Tuesday, 10 October, 2017

Day 1: News from Team SA & Zim in France & Ethiopa

The National teams from South Africa and Zimbabwe had an interesting trip to France, as they prepare for the World Champs on Sat 14th Oct. Jeanri-Tine van Zyl reports.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Monday, 9 October, 2017

Introducing Team SA 2017 : Anita Streicher-Nel

Team South Africa is headed up for 2017 by experienced taster and competitor, Anita Streicher-Nel.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Monday, 9 October, 2017

Nederburg Supports #TeamSA, Set to Make the Nation Proud at World Blind Tasting Challenge in France

When Team South Africa 2017 competes against 27 wine tasting teams from across the globe at the World Blind Tasting Challenge in Nuit Saint George, France, on 14 October 2017, Nederburg will be right behind them as official partner. The team will be one of only two representing the African continent, sharing the honour with their very skilled Zimbabwean counterpart.
Nederburg Wines

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Saturday, 7 October, 2017

Introducing Team SA 2017 : Anton Swarts

Team South Africa took to the skies on Sunday 8th Oct, to participate in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships to be held in Burgundy, France on Saturday 14th Oct. Find our more about the first Cape Wine Master to make the team.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Thursday, 5 October, 2017

Introducing Team SA 2017 : Jeanri-Tine van Zyl

Team South Africa will be taking to the skies on Sunday 8th Oct, to participate in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships to be held in Burgundy, France on Saturday 14th Oct.
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

Friday, 8 September, 2017

Superhero Suipers: Meet SA’s wine heroes battling the dark underbelly of wine tasting world

Last weekend, HDS got to meet the unbreakable Anita Streicher-Nel, captain of the South African wine tasting team ahead of her trip to France for the World Champs.
handrinkssolo.com

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Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Enjoying wine in an Airbus 380

Frequent flyers and jet-setters do not always see flying as a leisure. Planes and airport lounges often become a home away from home. Once you travel extensively, you accumulate many small tricks about how to pack, what to wear, which seat to request, which company to choose, and more importantly, what to drink!
Jean-Vincent Ridon

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Monday, 3 July, 2017

Team SA for SAWTC 2017 announced

Team South Africa was announced at the finals of the South African Wine Tasting Championship Finals at The Taj Hotel on Sunday 2 July 2017. #WineTastingChampionship2017
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Friday, 30 June, 2017

Steenberg winemaker qualifies for Team SA in World Wine Tasting Championships

Steenberg winemaker Jolette Steyn, the 2017 South African Provincial Wine Tasting Champion and winner of the Wonga Trophy, has qualified for Team SA to compete in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships in Burgundy, France.
SAWTC

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Monday, 19 June, 2017

Zim Sommelier team going to France! #WineTastingChampionship2017

The South African Wine industry is really fortunate to have many talented sommeliers as gatekeepers, and now, for the first time, four passionate young Zimbabwean sommeliers are participating in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships in France for 2017
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Tuesday, 6 June, 2017

PYDA adds to the wine workforce

Transformation in the wine industry is happening. It is slow, but it is happening and the Pinotage Youth Development Academy are playing an important role in providing training and giving a hand up! #wineforgood
Judy Brower - wine.co.za

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Monday, 5 June, 2017

Cape Town winners of the 2017 SAWTC announced

The Cape Town provincial leg of the South African Wine Tasting Championships took place at the luxurious TAJ Cape Town Hotel on the 3rd of June 2017. The SAWTC is the only event awarding wine tasters. It selects Team South Africa to fly the national colours at the World Championship of Wine Tasting - organised by the Revue du Vin de France, the French wine magazine published since 1927.
SAWTC

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Friday, 19 May, 2017

Gauteng's best tasters of 2017 for SAWTC

Eric Botha is crowned Best Wine Taster of Gauteng!
Jean Vincent Ridon

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

Time to test your taste buds in Gauteng on Wed 17th May

It is with great joy that the South African Wine Tasting Championship announces that the 2017 Gauteng provincial challenge will take place at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival at Summer Place on Wed 17th of May 2017.
SAWTC

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

Put your taste to the test at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival

It is with great joy that the South African Wine Tasting Championship announces that the 2017 Gauteng provincial challenge will take place at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival at Summer Place on the 17th of May 2017.
SAWTC

Tuesday, 11 October, 2016

Team SA 2016 achieves 6th position at the Wine Tasting World Championship

While China dethrone Spain as World Champion, Team South Africa 2016 achieved a prestigious 6th position at the Wine Tasting World Championship organized by La Revue du Vin de France in Provence.
South African Wine Championship

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

TEAM SA needs your help

Team South Africa needs your help to train with foreign wines, to travel to France in the best conditions, and fly our national colours high among the other wine nations.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Sunday, 21 August, 2016

Team SA announced

Heidi Kritzinger is officially the best blind wine taster in 2016
Jean Vincent Ridon

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

2016 South African Wine Tasting Championships – More than just swirl, smell and sip!

Tasting wine has long been considered an art, as well as a particular science. It is much more than the swishing and swashing of a wine in one’s glass or the discreet gargling action before spitting or swallowing.
Elsenburg, Kelly-Marie Jacobs

Monday, 8 August, 2016

At the dawn of Women’s day, a full feminine podium for the Cape Town Provincial Wine Tasting Championship

The Cape Town Provincial SAWTC was held on Saturday the 6th of August at the Taj Hotel in the heart of the Mother City.
SAWTC

Thursday, 21 July, 2016

South African Wine Tasting Championship 2016 (SAWTC)

The SAWTC is the only competition aimed at the wine lovers, amateur and professional, dedicated to put your taste to the test. The provincial winners will have a chance to join the Team South Africa going to the World Championship in France on the 8th of October 2016.
SAWTC

Friday, 15 July, 2016

Gauteng’s got wine tasting talents!

The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2016 awarded the best Gauteng wine tasters in Sandton on the 13th of July 2016, forming part of the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival held at Summer Place.
SAWTC

Tuesday, 3 May, 2016

Put your taste to the test in Johannesburg

It is with great joy that the South African Wine Tasting Championship announces the first provincial challenge at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival at Summer Place on the 13th of July 2016.
SAWTC

Wednesday, 21 October, 2015

Team SA does us proud at the 2015 World Blind Tasting Challenge

For its third qualification to this global challenge, Team South Africa achieved its best score ever at the international event.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Saturday, 17 October, 2015

Team South Africa 2015 in France for the World Blind Tasting Challenge

Just before boarding the Air France brand new Airbus 380, Team South Africa 2015 went to Restaurant Mosaic for a last training session in South Africa.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Friday, 16 October, 2015

Team SA in France!

This is the 3rd year that South Africa will be participating in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships in France.
Judy Brower

Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

Restaurant Mosaic announces its winning protégé

Twenty-nine-year-old Veronica Nomphelo Plaatjies from Midrand is the winner of the three year Restaurant Mosaic Sommelier Protégé Bursary and was selected from a search held nationwide in conjunction with the South African Wine Tasting Championships (SAWTC).
Jean Vincent Ridon

Tuesday, 15 September, 2015

South Africa has crowned the 2015 Wine Tasting Champions

The 15 best national tasters issued from the Provincial selections held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town met at the luxurious TAJ Cape Town to face the hard challenge of identifying wines from around the world, and to decide who deserves to be the 2015 South African Champions.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Wednesday, 2 September, 2015

Last chance to get to France

Whether you are a lover of wine or a wine aficionado, Taj Cape Town in association with South African Wine Tasting Championships, is giving you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be a part of the World Wine Tasting Championships
Jean Vincent Ridon

Monday, 31 August, 2015

Durban has talent too

Being organized during an extremely successful Mercury Wine Week, The Durban Provincial Leg of the South African Wine Tasting Championships attracted a passionate mix of Durban wine lovers, as well as competitors from other provinces trying to secure their qualification to the national finals taking place on the 13th of September.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Tuesday, 25 August, 2015

Durban to Host Wine Tasting Championship at the Mercury Wine Week

Test your taste, win the national competition, and you could fly to the World Wine Tasting Championships in France.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Friday, 31 July, 2015

Sommelier, more than a sexy French Phrase

Contrary to popular belief, a Sommelier is not an inhabitant from a small African country, as the pronunciation of the word might lead one to believe.
WinterHalter

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

and the Top 10 Western Cape Tasters are...

The Cape Town leg of the South African Wine Tasting Championships attracted more competitors than ever, all eager to win the coveted title of Best Western Cape Provincial wine taster, alongside the chance to qualify for the National Final where Team South Africa will be selected to fly the National colours at the World Blind Wine-Tasting Championship in France in October.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Monday, 29 June, 2015

and the winners are...

The Cape Town leg of the South African Wine Tasting Championships drew well over 100 entrants.
Judy Brower

Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Test your taste, and fly to the World Wine Tasting Championship

The only wine tasting competition opened to all wine lovers will have its Cape Town Provincial leg on the 27th of June 2015. For the third year, we are now calling all wine lovers to test their abilities for The South African Wine Tasting Championships 2015. Finally wine lovers are the center of a wine event.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

Winterhalter Takes Up The Challenge

Winterhalter South Africa, is challenging all up and coming wine waiters, wine stewards, junior sommeliers and hotel / hospitality students to enter the Winterhalter Wine Challenge. Run in conjunction with the prestigious South African Wine Tasting Championships (SAWTC), this challenge is sure to become a benchmark in terms of getting aspiring young people to learn more about wine.
SAWTC

Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

Winterhalter Takes Up The Challenge

Winterhalter South Africa, is challenging all up and coming wine waiters, wine stewards, junior sommeliers and hotel / hospitality students to enter the Winterhalter Wine Challenge. Run in conjunction with the prestigious South African Wine Tasting Championships (SAWTC), this challenge is sure to become a benchmark in terms of getting aspiring young people to learn more about wine.
SAWTC

Monday, 18 May, 2015

Gauteng’s got wine tasting talents!

The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2015 awarded the 10 best Gauteng tasters in Sandton on the 13th of May.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015

Test your taste, and fly to the World Wine Tasting Championship.

The only national wine tasting competition opened to all wine lovers will have its first Provincial leg taking place in Johannesburg on the 13th of May 2015.
SAWTC

Thursday, 23 April, 2015

Mosaic Protégé Program

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient and The South African Wine Tasting Championships 2015 are proud to announce the launch of the Mosaic Protégé Program aimed at empowering the next generation of world class sommeliers in South Africa.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Monday, 27 October, 2014

Mosaic Team South Africa rubs shoulders with the best wine tasters of the world

On the 18th of October, 2014, The Team Mosaic represented South Africa in the World Blind Tasting Championship organised in Champagne by La Revue du Vin de France.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

France takes the world blind tasting crown

France beat reigning champions Belgium on Saturday in the second annual world blind tasting championship held at House Bollinger near Épernay, Champagne.
Simon Howland, The Drinks Business

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

South Africa's got talent

The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2014 celebrated the 20 best national tasters in Cape Town on the evening of the 25th of August.
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Thursday, 31 July, 2014

Win your seat in Team South Africa

The 2014 South African Wine Tasting Championships will take place this Saturday, the 2nd of August 2014, in Cape Town.
SAWTC

Friday, 4 July, 2014

Wine Tasters prepare your taste-buds: WIN A TRIP TO FRANCE

Announcement from the South African Wine Tasting Championships, the first wine competition aimed at finding talent among wine lovers. Place: Hilton Cape Town Centre Hotel – Date 2nd August 2014 from 10:30 to 17:00
Jean-Vincent Ridon

Thursday, 17 October, 2013

South African Wine Tasting team do well in France

The 2013 World Blind Wine Tasting Championships took place on the Saturday the 12th of October at Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, next to Bordeaux in FRANCE. 16 countries competed to win the title held by Denmark in 2012.
South African Wine Tasting Competition