Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show public tasting at the CTICC


 Watch this space for our report on the Awards ceremony and our report on the public tasting a bit later

Cape Town wine enthusiasts should diarise the annual 2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show public tasting at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Wednesday 13 June. Join the trophy hunters, meet the winning winemakers and taste their fabulous wines of distinction.  This event presents SA’s top wines for the year – over 100 trophy, gold and silver medal winners which scored at least 80 points, awarded by a panel of rock star judges and selected from over 900 wines.  Wine lovers will find the Old Mutual Best White and Red wine trophy winners, and the International Judges’ trophy winner. The Discovery of the Show (best value wine) and the Most Successful Producer will undoubtedly be a major drawcard.  

The results of the 2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judging will be announced on Tuesday 29 May; the lists of trophy and medal winners and additional information (such as Top 10 best value wines) will be available at and on the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show app from 15h30.  Tasters will also be able to download a list of the public tasting wines before attending the event and purchases of the medal winning wines will be available via the Makro ‘pop-up’ store at the tasting or online until 29 June, at show prices. 

The competition took place in Paarl over 4 days from 30 April. The 2018 judging panel, chaired by wine authority Michael Fridjhon, comprises three international and six local judges and represents a collection of world-class expertise.  The international judges are Charles Chevallier (Group adviser for Domain Barons de Rothschild, France), Debra Meiburg MW (marketer and educator based in Hong Kong) and Turkish-born, UK-based Master Sommelier Isa Bal. South African judges are Narina Cloete (winemaker at Blaauwklippen), Heidi Duminy CWM (Group marketing manager for Meridian Holdings), Christian Eedes (editor of, Alexandra McFarlane (winemaker at Druk My Niet), Nkulu Mkhwanazi (wine educator and brand ambassador) and James Pietersen (SA portfolio manager for Wine Cellar).  The participation of a team of associate judges, drawn from the pool of rising South African winemaking and judging talent, is included in a supportive capacity.  


Date:               Wednesday 13 June 2018
Venue:             CTICC (Ballroom, Level 1), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Time:               17h00 to 21h00
Parking:           Secure underground parking available in CTICC parkade

  • Bookings: Ticket sales online from 14 May.
  • Ticket price:  R180 Early Bird for bookings by 2 June; R200 thereafter.  Buy online or at the door, subject to availability. No under 18s, babies nor prams. 
  • Wines: The results of the 2018 judging competition will be announced on 29 May when the full list of winning wines will be available at or on the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show app from 15h30.
  • Other important details: Ticket includes tasting glass, unlimited tastings. No entry allowed for under 18s, babies or prams. 
  • Wine Sales: Wines at show prices can be ordered from the Makro ‘pop-up’ store at the tasting. 
  • Refreshments:  Light meals are for sale.
  • Enquiries: (011) 482 5936.;  Find us on Facebook and follow @omtrophywines on Twitter; #OMTWS2018, #OMTWS

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