Contest a corker for winemakers
ARE YOU an avid winemaker who is passionate about your craft?
Then the 2017 National Wine Challenge (NWC) is looking for you.
Lisa Hagedorn, the operations manager for buybetterwine.com, who is spearheading the competition, told The Star there were several rewards for participants.
“The NWC offers exceptional brand and promotion opportunities for vineyards who concentrate on quality.”
She added the balance of the wine was the most important aspect when deciding on a winner of the contest, but complexity was also crucial.
Hagedorn said the NWC began in 2011, when it was referred to as the Top 100 SA Wine Challenge.
Although the challenge received a makeover in 2016, the top wine merchants will continue to benefit from the competition.
“The wines entered into this challenge are fine wines and therefore are of a very high calibre. Such wines typically also win awards in acclaimed international competitions.”
Hagedorn explained there were a several categories that vineyards could place in and that all wines would be eligible for one or more prizes.
These include the Grand Cru, which is the first prize per cultivar or blend, which includes Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Merlot.
Other prizes include the top 100/Double Platinum status for the top 100 highest, scoring wines, including the vineyard consistency award for most overall winning wines over the full seven-year period.
Other entrants could win the double gold or double silver category.
If a vineyard wins the premier Top 100 status or double platinum award, they will receive promotion of their products and prizes including a Top 100 website listing with the wine label’s image, a gift pack including bottle stickers, the winners event launch invitation and a certificate.
All other categories receive a website listing, and promotion through various media.
Hagedorn added that each cultivar or blend is a category and each of these has a single Grand Cru winning wine.
“All other awards are achieved solely on the score the wine receives from judging.”
The judging panel for the competition includes wine experts from around the world.
Winners will be announced at the end of April. To enter, visit: http://buybetterwine. com/top-100/challenge/