Judging is performed by a panel of experts who are regularly exposed to all the wines from our districts.
The experienced panel initially taste blind to test quality and then rank entrants in the finals where the regional winners compete.
“Because it’s all about terroir, the wines are judged according to quality combined with distinctive characteristics created by the soil and climate in the specific area. It was clear that the winemakers did a lot of work with these wines to portray their origin without sacrificing quality. Only the terrain and a dedicated viticulturist and winemaker can produce these results,” Charl Theron
2018 panel of judges to be announced
"The Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards honours the wines which truly portray South Africa´s different wine growing areas. South Africa´s strict Wine of Origin rules for those producers who want to produce the terrain where the grapes come from on the label, made it possible to create this unique wine competition. Most entries are from the cellars´ boutique, reserve and ultra premium ranges...”
Marius Labuschagne, founder of Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards