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About

The great wines that portray the inimitability of South Africa’s diverse “terroir”, the French and international term for specific wine growing terrains, are highlighted at the Novare South African Terroir Wine Awards.

The Novare South African Terroir Wine Awards is the brainchild of Marius Labuschagne, renowned wine writer and marketeer from Durbanville. The competition was created to define the various terroir types of the Cape.

Terroir has been the ‘buzzword’ among wine aficionados for several years now. The basic concept is to discover wines that best reflect the terroir in which they are produced.

Since the strict rules of producing vineyards within a quota system in certain areas were stopped many years ago, many agricultural sites have come to the fore as prime winegrowing areas.

There is a definite increase in producers who want to portray the unique origins of their wines. In past years the Wine and Spirit Board has registered various new wine wards and wine districts after receiving applications from producers in those areas.

The Novare South African Terroir Wine Awards honours the wines which truly portray South Africa’s different wine growing areas. All entries must be a certified Wine of Origin from a specific single vineyard, estate, ward or small district not divided into wards.