Entries are now open for the 14th Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, one of the world’s most exclusive wine competitions because of the stringent Wine of Origin rules that apply here.

The competition crowns the finest wines brought forth by different soil and climatic factors in the different areas in the South African winelands. Only products certified as Wine of Origin (WO) from a Single Vineyard, Estate, Ward or District not comprising more than one ward, can be entered.

Because all the wines participating have to adhere to the rule of a specific soil and climate terroir, the vintage can play a crucial part. Terroir that had a very good vintage for specific cultivars will surely stand out.

Exciting news for winemakers and viticulturists is that a new trophy and two new categories have been added to the competition from this year.

A new trophy for the Top Wine overall will be introduced this year. The new categories are Best Certified Heritage Vineyard Wine and Best Straw Wine.

Entries close on 11 June 2019, and the judging takes place on 2 – 5 July. The volume requirement for entries is 240 bottles (180 litres). The awards luncheon will be held on Thursday 1 August.

Novare, the title sponsor of the SA Terroir Wine Competition from the onset, has announced that it would continue its support for the competition, now under the auspices of the SA National Wine Show Association (SANWSA).

Novare Equity Partners is an established private equity fund advisor focussed on retail and commercial property development in sub-Saharan Africa that deliver superior long-term investment returns, mainly for institutional clients. Derrick Roper, Managing Director, says, “Because winemaking and investment have much in common – requiring patience, skill and intuition – Novare Equity Partners is proud to be associated with the prestigious Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards as its sole sponsor.”

Christo Pienaar, chairman of SANWSA, says that an agreement was reached last year with the founder of the SA Terroir Wine Awards in 2006, Marius Labuschagne, to take ownership of the competition and present it in future. “We are excited to be able to take such a specialised wine competition on board and to take it to the next level of distinction. We will work closely with Novare to develop the competition with greater added value for all concerned.”

Entry forms are available online at www.terroirwineawards.co.za

For more information contact the organisers:
Tel 021 863 1599, e-mail info@terroirwineawards.co.za

Bennie Howard ( SANWSA) , Elize Botha (Novare), Derrick Roper (MD Novare), Marina Roper (Project Manager, Live in Taste), Christo Pienaar (Chairman SANWSA) and Elsabe Ferreira (SANWSA)