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Monday, 3 June, 2013
SA Young Wine Show
Entries for two of South Africa’s most prominent wine competitions are open and those with an eye on the top accolades should pull their calendars closer. While the closing date for entries for the country’s oldest wine competition, the SA Young Wine Show is 8 July, wine and brandy masters have until 21 August to enter their finest for Veritas.
Young Wine Show
The 180 year old SA Young Wine Show is this country’s only competition expressly for wines from the current vintage. Annually cellars enter close to 2000 wines to match their current wine making styles with those of their peers. Wines are entered in seventeen categories and while the highest praise goes to the wine makers receiving the General Smuts trophy for the overall champion, and the Pietman Hugo trophy for the cellar with the highest marks for five different entries, winning a SA Champion is also a big accolade.

Judging of the young wines takes place at the Nederburg Auction Complex from 22 to 26 July and the winners will be announced on 15 August.

Being awarded a Veritas double gold is undoubtedly a proud feather in the cap of local wine makers and brandy masters. This authoritative competition has earned the respect of wine aficionados the world over due to its stringent blind judging procedures and every year some 1700 market ready wines and brandies put their best foot forward in the hope of earning the coveted Veritas symbol of quality.  Late entries will be accepted until 29 August (at an increased entry fee).  Judging of the entered brandies takes place on 13 September while the magnitude of wines will be tasted from 16 to 20 September.  Entry and judging dates are two weeks later than previous years awarding wineries and distilleries additional time to prepare. 

This year’s top-notch wines and brandies deserving of the double gold, gold, silver and bronze Veritas emblem will be announced on 5 October during a gala dinner at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Visit and for full information and entry forms, or contact Elsabe Ferreira at 021 863 1599, fax 021 863 1552 or via email to

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