2021 Event

The 2021 event went on without a hitch, and we are very happy with the result. For more insight please visit this page.


The Vitis Vinifera Awards was established recognise high-quality wines and grape derived spirits that are available to consumers. The aim is to identify and award the very best.

This event has constantly evolved to find better ways to evaluate wine and spirits, and to find the best judges.


Many fine wines and spirits are produced across a range of taste spectra and price points. With the Vitis Vinifera Awards, we aim to commend wines and spirits of quality and we achieve this by conferring awards on superior products.

Wines and spirits are tasted blind by a group of top qualified tasters that include Cape Wine Masters, Sommeliers and industry experts.

Judging Methodology

Judges meticulously evaluate products to find the best of the best. Judges do not confer and are left to evaluate wines on their merit.

Red wine flights will alternate with white wine flights where possible to prevent tannin build-up. No more than 10 products of a particular class will be tasted consecutively where possible to prevent flavour saturation.



Panels will be comprised of Cape Wine Masters, Sommeliers and industry experts.

Gender and
age equity

We are sensitive to gender and age equity in our judging roster, therefore we try to staff each panel with a diverse group of judges.


Spirit is a very specialised field, and factors such as alcohol content and tasting order are very important. We find experts with a proven track record to judge this specialised category.

The Stickers

Winning products will be awarded Silver, Gold and Double Gold awards, and the Top 10 producers will be able to add the Top 10 Producer sticker to their entries as well.

Here are some of our partners making this event a success


1 Perlé or Slightly Sparkling Wine Any sugar level
2 Sparkling Wine (Non-MCC) RS<=15 g/L
3 Perlé or Slightly Sparkling Wine RS>15 g/L
4 Méthode Cap Classique (MCC)
5 Bukettraube
6 Chenin blanc RS<=10 g/L
7 Chenin blanc RS>10 g/L
8 Colombar RS<=10 g/L
9 Colombar RS>10 g/L
10 Chardonnay RS<=10 g/L
11 Chardonnay RS>10 g/L
12 Pinot Gris
13 Weisser Riesling (Rhine Riesling)
14 Sauvignon blanc RS<=10 g/L
15 Sauvignon blanc RS>10 g/L
16 Viognier RS<=10 g/L
17 Other Single White Varietal RS<=10 g/L
18 Other Single White Varietal RS>10 g/L
19 White Blend RS<=10 g/L
20 White Blend RS>10 g/L
21 Blanc de Noir and Rosé RS<=10 g/L
22 Blanc de Noir and Rosé RS>10 g/L
23 Low-Alcohol Wine Alc<10%
24 Cabernet Franc RS<=10 g/L
25 Cabernet Sauvignon RS<=10 g/L
26 Malbec RS<=10 g/L
27 Merlot RS<=10 g/L
28 Mourvèdre RS<=10 g/L
29 Petit Verdot RS<=10 g/L
30 Pinot Noir RS<=10 g/L
31 Pinotage RS<=10 g/L
32 Shiraz RS<=10 g/L
33 Other Single Red Varietal RS<=10 g/L
34 Bordeaux-Style Red May only contain the five Bordeaux varietals;
RS<=10 g/L
35 Cape Blend At least 30% Pinotage but no more than 70%;
RS<=10 g/L
36 Other Red Blend RS<=10 g/L
37 Sweet Red RS>10 g/L
38 Natural Sweet Wine Any sugar level
39 Special Late Harvest RS>50 g/L
40 Noble Late Harvest Any sugar level
41 Straw Wine Any sugar level
42 Cape Ruby Port  
43 Cape Tawny Port  
44 Cape Vintage Port  
45 Cape Late-Bottled Vintage Port  
46 Other Port  
47 White Jeripigo  
48 Red Jeripigo  
49 White Muscadel  
50 Red Muscadel  
51 Fino Sherry  
52 Oloroso Sherry  
53 Cream Sherry  
54 Brandy Non-Vintage/Age Not Defined  
55 Brandy 3–8 years  
56 Brandy 9–12 years  
57 Brandy 13–20 years  
58 Flavoured Brandy made from grape spirit  
59 Vodka/Witblits – unflavoured  
60 Flavoured Vodka  
61 Grappa (Marc) Unflavoured  
62 Vodka/Witblits made from grape spirit  
63 Not used  
64 Grappa infused with other flavours  
65 London Dry Gin  
66 Plymouth Style Gin  
67 New Style Gin  
68 Gin Other  
69 White Vermouth White wine blended with spices
70 Red Vermouth Red wine blended with spices
71 Flavoured White Wine Still  
72 Flavoured Red Wine Still  
73 Sparkling Flavoured White Wine  
74 Sparkling Flavoured Red Wine  


Timeline and dates for 2022:2021-12-03T08:54:04+02:00
Entries open: 12th April 2022

Early bird cut-off:


The cut-off date for all entries:

27 July 2022


23 August 2022

Delivery of samples: 29 and 30 August 2022 (Monday and Tuesday)
Results released: 3 September 2022
How much does it cost to enter a product?2021-12-02T15:29:01+02:00
The Vitis Vinifera Awards is one of the most affordable wine and spirit events. Early bird entries done by 27 July 2022 are R825 excluding VAT per entry. Entries that are done after the early bird special closed are R1050 excluding VAT per entry, if done by 23 August 2022.

Silver, Gold, Double Gold and Top 10 producer stickers will be available at R395 excluding VAT per 1000.

Do I get a certificate if my wine wins an award?2021-12-02T15:29:46+02:00

An electronic certificate will be sent by email to the winners. If the exact same product is sold under different brand names, you can request a certificate for each brand at no extra cost.

When will the winners be announced?2021-11-30T11:42:36+02:00

Results will be emailed to entrants on or before the 3rd of September 2022 to notify them. The entrants can utilise the stickers and event artwork to maximise exposure on various social media fronts and for their existing client base, but must display them together with the name(s) of the product and vintage if applicable, that earned this accolade. Stickers will focus attention on the award-winning products, leading to higher visibility and a boost in sales.

When will the stickers be available?2020-07-20T14:50:53+02:00

We will endeavour to have the stickers ready for collection approximately 2 weeks after the results are announced. The stickers have to be paid for prior to collection, unless other arrangements are made with the organisers.

Do I have to order stickers?2020-02-12T21:51:32+02:00

You’re not obligated to order stickers; if you do not want any, indicate the number on the entry form as 0 (zero). Once the results have been revealed, you have to take the number of stickers you indicated. Stickers will be available approximately two weeks after the winners have been notified.

What happens to the samples that is left over after tasting?2020-02-12T21:51:02+02:00

Any remaining samples at the end of the judging process becomes the property of Vitis Vinifera Awards.

Will the tastings be audited?2020-02-12T21:50:19+02:00

The tasting procedure will be audited by a reputable auditing firm to ensure the judges are not influenced and the tasting is done blind and conforms to international standards.

Event Rules2021-12-03T08:54:49+02:00
  1. Spirits have to be 100% grape based to qualify for entry.
  2. Submission of samples and/or payment of entry fees constitutes acceptance of all the rules.
  3. Tank samples will not be accepted as entries into the event.
  4. All wines from outside South Africa do not need a WSR2 or WSR4 certificate. All non-flavoured wines from South Africa must be accompanied by a SAWIS (South African Wine Industry Information & Systems – www.sawis.co.za) application number, and the stickers awarded may only be applied to the wine attached to the application number. If a certain wine has more than one application number, the wines must be entered separately.
  5. Each non-flavoured wine from South Africa has to have a current WSR2 or WSR4 certificate showing that the wine was approved on the strength of taste and analysis by SAWIS, or a Department of Agriculture Wine-on-Line screen capture printout to show the wine has a current tasting date. This certificate must be current (i.e. the wine must have been tasted and approved by the board no more than one year before the first day of delivery in the case of a white wine and 18 months in the case of a red wine). A sample will not be accepted without this certificate. No refunds will be paid if the WSR2 or WSR4 certificate is not current.
  6. Each category will be determined by the product information on the label.
  7. There is no minimum stock quantity needed to enter a product.
  8. There is no limit to the number of entries per producer. However, each flavoured wine or spirit may only be entered once into the event (even if it is under a different label), and any participant may enter more than one wine, flavoured wine or spirit in a class. Examples are wineries that produce several wines of the same varietal type but with different vineyard designations or vintages.
  9. A wine that has not been certified as a cultivar wine, although it may be one, may be entered into a blended category.
  10. A product that received an award in a previous year’s event may be entered again.
  11. Entries and registration will be accepted online from the start of the event until midnight on the last day. Proof of payment must be emailed to support@vitisawards.com before midnight on the closing date for entries to be accepted.
  12. Invoices for entries must be printed online by the participant, and paid before the final close of entries.
  13. A wine sample must comprise three 750ml bottles, or the volumetric equivalent thereof and a flavoured wine or spirit sample two 750ml bottles, or the volumetric equivalent thereof.
  14. The samples must be delivered to the drop-off point in Stellenbosch, South Africa between 9:00 and 16:00 on the two days allocated to be accepted into the event.
  15. Winners will be notified by email, and stickers will be available for collection about two weeks later. Proof of payment of both the entries and stickers is needed before stickers can be collected. Gold, Double Gold and Top 10 Producer stickers cost R375 excl VAT per 1000, and come in multiples of 1000 and 2000.
  16. Quantities of stickers ordered that are not multiples of 1000 will be rounded up and invoiced as such.
  17. By entering the event, the entrant commits to paying for the number of stickers indicated before the required deadline for the products that receive awards.
  18. The winners of the Top 10 Producer Award may put this sticker on all wines entered. The producer may only use the Gold and Double Gold stickers awarded on the particular product that was entered and won the award. Stickers may not be put onto another batch of product similar to the one entered, that did not win an award in this year’s event. Participants must always market their winning products in conjunction with the year of the event the product won the award.
  19. The event logo or stickers may not be displayed on their own for purposes of marketing, but must be accompanied by the details of the particular product that won, or may be photographed on the product that won the award.
  20. Any samples remaining at the conclusion of the judging become the property of the event.
  21. The judging process will be entirely confidential and no details will be released concerning the judging process and reasoning. No feedback of any nature will be given.
  22. The decision of the judges is final and no changes will be made to awards after the judging process is complete. In the event of a dispute, the evnt’s management’s decision will be final.
  23. No refund of entry fees will be made.
  24. By entering the event, the entrant states that the information provided is factually and legally correct.
  25. If a participant does not follow all the rules of the event or legal requirements as required by SAWIS for South African wine, the event has the right to disqualify the particular entry concerned or the entire year’s entries, or ban the producer from the event.
  26. The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd will not make available a list of all the producers that took part in the event, or reveal the scores assigned to any product, or make available the details of products that were not awarded. It remains the prerogative of The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd to publish results of awarded products as they see fit.
  27. Entries will only be accepted in English.
  28. Entries must be completed in full, and entries that were not completed in full could be declared void.
  29. Employees of the event and their immediate family are not allowed to enter the event.
  30. If an entrant does not comply with the rules of the event, their entries may be cancelled.
  31. The producer whose product is entered must be fully aware of the submission, and must grant the person entering the event the right to enter the product and order stickers. If this is not found to be the case, the person entering the event will be liable for any financial commitment made.
  32. In the event that for any reason possible the judging cannot take place, or entrants cannot be given results, half of the entrants’ entry fee will be refunded, and no other damages will be awarded to the event, or any of the companies involved.
  33. For any claim to be made against The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd for defective stickers, the stickers must be returned to Postnet at Stellenbosch, South Africa within 7 days after the date of delivery to Postnet. The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd will within its discretion either replace or pass a credit for defective stickers so proven, but shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, or any other loss, including loss to third parties and legal expenses, arising out of errors in providing stickers, or by delay in delivery, or by unsuitability of goods for use intended.
  34. Event management cannot be held liable for any damage incurred to stickers once the stickers have been accepted by the client or by a third party transportation company.
  35. This event’s management may change the rules of the event without notice, and publish them on the website without giving notice to entrants. If the entrant does not want to comply with the new rules of the event, they can cancel their entries up to the date entries close. After this time, entrants have to comply with the rules of the event.

Contact us


Sanet van Heerden


Michelle Grimbeek


Lanzerac Hotel
Lanzerac Service Entrance
1 Lanzerac Road

Security will assist to sign you in and point the drop-off area for samples out to you.

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