Women rule the SAWTC Cape Town 2016!

The 2016 Cape Town podium is the most feminine ever, showing clearly that a once male dominated field of expertise is now changing leadership. The Provincial champion, Mrs Stephanie Wiid achieved an impressive score of 85%, displaying an incredible palate memory. She has great hopes to snap the national title later in the month.

The best tasters list for 2016 shows a balanced mix of wine amateurs, former Team South Africa members such as Samarie Smith, Anita Streicher-Nel or Chris Groenewald and famous sommeliers like Marlvin Gwese or Joakim Hansi Blackadder.

The Top 15 tasters are:

Stephanie Wiid - 85%

Heidi Kritzinger - 80%

Samarie Smith - 70%

(They are making the first woman only podium in the history of the SAWTC)

Then in no specific order:

Kristen Duff

Gosia Podgorska

Chris Groenewald

Stefan Wiswedel

Anna Lisa Khomani

Francois CilliƩ

Samantha de Morney-Huyghes

Joakim Hansi Blackadder

Marlvin Gwese

Gavin Smith

Jeanri-Tine Van Zyl

Nicolo Pudel

Anita Streicher Nel

The wines served blind were:

Constantia Uitsig Unwooded Chardonnay 2014, Joostenberg Chenin Blanc 2015, Spice Route Terra de Bron Semillon 2014, Cape Point Isliedh 2014, Spioenkop Riesling 2015, Marianne Syrah 2008, Steenberg Syrah 2014, Steenberg Nebbiolo 2014, Joostenberg Syrah 2014, Creation Syrah/Grenache 2015

Wine tasting is a gift. The SAWTC is calling for talents around the country. Who will be our best South African wine tasters this year? 
A small percentage of the population has a predisposition and enjoys a very accurate palate memory! These talents, once recognised and trained they can be the Robert Parker, or the Jancis Robinson of tomorrow. 

The Concept

The South African Wine Tasting Championship is a public event calling for all talents to test their abilities at tasting wines. Wine lovers will finally be the center of a wine event.

The SAWTC will aim at two goals:

-  Recognise and Award the Top Wine tasters in South Africa

-   Select Team South Africa going to the World Blind Tasting Challenge

In the spirit of ongoing education, and in an attempt to encourage new converts into the closed circle that is the wine world, the SAWTC 2016 will offer all wine lovers the chance to put their talents to the test. .

Calendar 2016


Our Twitter account is @SAWineChamp

The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2016 National Finals will take place in Cape Town, on the 21th of August 2016. 

The World Championship will take place on the 8th of October 2016, in Provence in France. South Africa ranked 12th nation of the world in 2015.

All the updates can be found on our media partner wine.co.za


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