Win a trip worth R 30 000 to any wine destination in the world.

The Anchor Oenology Trophy goes to the winemaker or distiller with the best product at the 2022 Vitis Vinifera Awards.

Anchor Oenology is proud to sponsor the following prize:

  • They will contribute up to R20 000 to a flight ticket to any wine destination of the winemaker’s choice.
  • They will contribute an R10 000 travel allowance subject to the following:
    • The travel allowance will be a cash passport travel wallet.
    • The winning winemaker must allocate two days to winery visits with the Anchor Distributor in the country they have chosen to visit.

The Vitis Vinifera Awards recognise high-quality wines and grape-derived spirits. The aim is to identify and award the very best.

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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 to recognise high-quality wines and grape-derived spirits. 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 utilise the best judges.


Many fine wines and spirits are produced across a range of taste spectra. The Vitis Vinifera Awards aim to commend products of quality.

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

Judging Methodology

Meticulous judging by professionals ensures the best of the best gets awarded. Panellists do not discuss the products and are left to judge wines and spirits on merit.

Red wine flights alternate with white wine flights, to prevent palate fatigue. Ten products of a particular class will be tasted per flight to prevent flavour saturation and tannin build-up.


Conrad Louw

Announcing Conrad Louw as chairman of the Vitis Vinifera Awards

2021 Bloemendal

Bloemendal Wine Estate, was established in 1702 to provide fresh produce to Cape Town



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

Gender and
age equity

We are sensitive to gender and age equity in our judging roster, and that is why 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 5 producers will be able to add the Top 5 Producer sticker to their entries.

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


Du Toitskloof Wines
Imbuko Wines
Koelenhof Wynkelder
Montagu Winery
Perdeberg Wines
Rooiberg Winery
Sands Traders Wineways
Silkbush Mountain Vineyards
uniWines Vineyards
Van Loveren Family Vineyards
Alvi’s Drift Rondebosch Chenin Blanc
Benguela Cove Lighthouse Collection Moody Lagoon Red Blend
Bloemendal Waterlily Sauvignon Blanc
Bloemendal Waterlily Merlot
Boplaas Cape Portuguese White Blend
Brandvlei Wynkelder Halftien
De Krans Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon
Daschbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
Daschbosch Avon Clairette blanche
Diemersfontein Shiraz
Du Plevaux Madeleine Menanteau Sauvignon Blanc
Du Plevaux Jean Prieur Pinotage
Du Toitskloof Chardonnay
Du Toitskloof Chenin Blanc
Eagle’s Cliff Pinot Grigio
Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc
Groenland Antoinette Marie Klassiek
Jakkasvlei Pinotage Rosé
Jakkalsvlei Merlot
Kindred Spirits Sugarbird XO Brandy
Klein Roosboom Marné Brut MCC
Koelfontein Estate
Leipoldt Sauvignon blanc
McGregor Chardonnay
Middelvlei Rooster Merlot
Rooiberg Winery Pinotage Rosé
Rooiberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Sarah’s Creek Demi Sec
Silkbush Pinotage
Stellenbosch Gold Shiraz
Stellenbosch Gold Chenin Blanc
Vigne d’Or Shiraz
VRL Red Muscadel
VRL Blue Velvet Pinot Noir
3X Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz
Lace by Almenkerk Dry Rosé
Lace by Almenkerk Vineyard Selection
Alvi’s Drift Signature Rosé
Alvi’s Drift Rondebosch Chardonnay
Alvi’s Drift Cape Pride Chenin Blanc Chardonnay
Alvi’s Drift Signature Shiraz
Bayede B Royal Pinotage
BC Wines Sauvignon Blanc
Benguela Cove Lighthouse Collection Dry Rosé
Benguela Cove Lighthouse Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Bloemendal Waterlily Cabernet Sauvignon
Bloemendal Waterlily Shiraz
Boplaas Woolworths Tinta Barocca
Boshoff Family Wines Barbera
Boshoff Family Wines Katholischer – The Sweet Catholic
Bonnievale Wines River Collection Chardonnay
Cape Elevation Vineyards Trig Beacon Pinot Noir
Charmé Shiraz
Cloverfield Chenin Blanc
Cloverfield Sauvignon Blanc
Cronier Wines Sauvignon Blanc
Cronier Barrel Fermented Cabernet Sauvignon
Cronier Wines Estienne Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
Cybele Blood Orange Gin
Cybele Classic Gin
Cyberwines Shiraz
Darling Cellars Reserve Pyjama Bush Sauvignon blanc / Grenaché
Darling Cellars Reserve Six Tonner Merlot
Daschbosch Merlot
Daschbosch Hanepoot
Daschbosch Mossiesdrift Steen
De Krans Pinotage Rosé
De Krans Twist of Fate
De Villiers Merlot
De Villiers Cabernet Sauvignon
De Villiers Pinotage
Diemersfontein Rosé
Druk My Niet Cabernet franc
Du Plevaux Daniël Johannes Shiraz
Du Toitskloof Sauvignon Blanc
Du Toitskloof Land’s End Cape South Coast Syrah
Du Toitskloof Pinotage / Merlot / Ruby Cabernet
DUKE Sauvignon Blanc
DuVon Druiwetros Chenin Blanc
Eagle’s Cliff Chenin Blanc
Eagle’s Cliff Sauvignon Blanc
Fynbos Distillery Arabian Rose Gin
Groenland Shiraz Klassiek
Imbuko Chenin Blanc
Imbuko Merlot
Jakkalsvlei Hanepoot
Jakkalsvlei Red Muscadel
Jakkalsvlei Sauvignon Blanc
Jakkalsvlei Pinotage
Jason’s Hill Chenin Blanc
Kindred Spirits Lean on me Gin
Klein Roosboom Jéan Sauvignon Blanc
Klein Roosboom Marianna Roos Rosé
Koelenbosch Chenin Blanc
Koelenbosch Dry Pinotage Rosé
Koelenbosch Pinorto
Koelenbosch Sauvignon Blanc
Koelenhof Koelenhoffer
Koelenhof Pinotage Rosé Vin-Sec
Koelenhof Pinotage
Kloovenburg Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Kloovenburg Merlot
Kranskop Single Vineyard Viognier
Kranskop Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
La Vierge – Jezebelle
Lanzerac Pinotage Rosé
Le Roux & Fourie Mélodie
Leipoldt Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Lion Hound Cabernet Sauvignon
Lion Hound Red
Lord’s Wines Sauvignon Blanc
McGregor Chenin blanc
McGregor Colombard
McGregor Red Muscadel
McGregor Sauvignon blanc
Middelvlei Rooster Chardonnay
Montagu Winery Chenin blanc
Montagu Winery Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Montagu Winery Merlot / Ruby Cabernet
Montagu Winery White Muscadel
Montagu Winery Red Muscadel
Perdeberg Cellar Classic Collection Chenin Blanc
Perdeberg Cellar The Vineyard Collection Malbec
Perdeberg Cellar Classic Collection Merlot
Perdeberg Cellar Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Perdeberg Cellar Classic Collection Shiraz
Perdeberg Cellar Classic Collection Sparkling Rosé
Perdeberg Cellar SSR – Soft Smooth Rosé
Perdeberg Cellar SSR – Soft Smooth White
Perdeberg Cellar The Vineyard Collection Grenache Blanc
Perdeberg Cellar The Vineyard Collection Cinsault
Retief Reserve Cape Blend
Rhino Run Organic Ian Player Red Blend
Rooiberg Winery Chardonnay
Rooiberg Winery Sauvignon Blanc
Rooiberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Rooiberg Winery Shiraz
Rooiberg Winery Pinotage
SAAM Chenin Blanc, Fairtrade
Sarah’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Sarah’s Creek Shiraz
Shortwood Premium Sauvignon Blanc
Silkbush Chenin blanc
Silkbush Rosé
Silkbush Shiraz
Silkbush Altitude
Silkbush Hillside Red
Silkbush Sauvignon Blanc
Stellenbosch Family Wines Pinotage
Stellenbosch Gold Sauvignon Blanc
Summerhill Wines Rosé
The Game Reserve Chardonnay
The Game Reserve Merlot
The Game Reserve Shiraz
Van Zijl Sauvignon Blanc
Van Zijl Elizabeth Francoinette MCC
Van Zijl Cabernet Sauvignon
Van Zijl Reserve Blue Ink FB Van Zijl Bend (Rhone Blend)
Vigne d’Or Cabernet franc
Vondeling Rosé
Vondeling Petit Rouge Merlot
VRL Chenin Blanc
VRL Merlot
VRL Cabernet Sauvignon
VRL African Java Pinotage
VRL Daydream Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
VRL Sauvignon Blanc
Zandvliet My Best Friend Red


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?2022-04-19T14:01:31+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 5 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 Rules2022-04-19T14:06:12+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 5 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 5 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. By entering the event, the entrant agrees that if awarded Top 5 producer, Anchor Oenology may contact the winemaker to learn more about their production methods.
  20. 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.
  21. Any samples remaining at the conclusion of the judging become the property of the event.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 event’s management’s decision will be final.
  24. No refund of entry fees will be made.
  25. By entering the event, the entrant states that the information provided is factually and legally correct.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Entries will only be accepted in English.
  29. Entries must be completed in full, and entries that were not completed in full could be declared void.
  30. Employees of the event and their immediate family are not allowed to enter the event.
  31. If an entrant does not comply with the rules of the event, their entries may be cancelled.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.

One of our top partners is Anchor Oenology who sponsors the trophy for the top wine on show. In 2021 this trophy went to Klein Roosboom Boutique winery for their Klein Roosboom, Marné Brut Cap Classique.

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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