Team South Africa on the way to the World Championship

The 2019 World Blind Wine tasting Championships will be held in France in Chambord in October and South Africa will be sending the best tasters to the event to improve on the 10th position they achieved last year.

It is really such a tough competition - and the finals run by #flyingsommelier Jean Vincent Ridon mimic the world champs, giving finalists a taste of what is to come. The finalists are presented with twelve wines, blind, and they have to identify the country of origin, cultivar, vintage, appellation and producer for each. There are well over 8000 wines produced just in South Africa, so imagine how fine-tuned your palate needs to be to identify just 12 of them correctly.

This year's winners of the South African leg are all members of the 'Mooiwyners' tasting group, who taste together regularly, showing how important it is to expose your palate to international wines frequently.  In the last few weeks, they tasted over 100 wines!

There were 15 finalists tasting through the wines, with only 4 who made it to TeamSA, with one reserve.

  • Anton Swarts (CWM) - who also walked away with the Inaugural Top Taster trophy
  • Anita Streicher-Nel
  • Heidi Kritzinger
  • Cyril Meidinger
  • Chris Groenewald (reserve)

This is a very experienced team, as each of them have previously been to the World Champs, so they know the drill and can really show the world what South African Tasters are made of.

Anton will be going for the 4th time, Anita Streicher-Nel will be going for the 5th time since inception in 2013 and Heidi and Cyril will both be making their 2nd trip to the World Champs, so this is the best chance we have to take the World Cup! 

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 aims at two goals:

-  Recognise and Award theTop 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 offers all wine lovers the chance to put their talents to the test. .

Calendar 2019

- Durban SAWTC was on the 11th of May 2019 at the Durban Tops @Spar Wine Festival- Craigh Agulhas is the new 2019 Champion. 

- WESTERN CAPE SAWTC was on the 1st of June 2019 at the Taj Cape Town, Samarie Smith is the Western Cape Provincial champion.

Johannesburg SAWTC was on the 8th of June 2019 at the Johannesburg Tops @Spar Wine Festival Nkululeko Mkhwanazi is the Johanneburg Champion

Cape Town SAWTC was on the 13th of July 2019 at the Grand West Tops @Spar Wine Festival. Heidi Kritzinger is Cape Town Champion.

- NATIONAL FINALS SAWTC was on the 21st July 2019 at the Taj Cape Town. Anton Swarts is South African Champion 2019.

- WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is on 12th October 2019 at the Chateau of Chambord


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After South Africa ranked 10th nation of the world in 2018, will team Nederburg 2019 reach the podium?

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