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Veritas, this year marking its 27th year, has earned the recognition as

South Africa’s most trusted competition for market-ready wines and

brandies. With more than 1 600 entries for the 2017 competition,

producers have once again put their faith in the judging process of the

oldest and most prominent wine contest in South Africa, that started in

1991. This year saw 256 contenders with 71 Double Gold, 193 Gold,

654 Silver and 554 bronze awards.

To taste wines at the Veritas competition, a recognised judging

accreditation is essential. In addition, overseas judges must have

international experience. The local team of judges consists of a variety

of winemakers, researchers, academics, Cape Wine Masters, wine buyers,

sommeliers, wine writers and consultants.

Veritas strives to enhance the quality and professional execution of the

judging to continue further growth for this reputable competition. While

the inclusion of younger tasters, sommeliers and specialists with

commercial background on the tasting panels will continue to receive

attention, the expertise and experience of senior judges will be

continuously harnessed.

The annual inclusion of internationally respected and experienced tasters

contributes to the favourable reputation of this wine competition. This

year, six esteemed international judges joined forces with the highly-

qualified Veritas group of more than 100 local judges. For South Africa,

this is a wonderful opportunity to create ambassadors for our wines and

thereby spread our wine message far and wide in their respective

countries. Local and international wine and brandy buyers put a high

premium on the Veritas results, as the stringent and unbiased judging

standards by specialist panels produce trustworthy awards that act as a

reliable barometer of quality.

Veritas will continue to fulfil its role as a consumer-orientated wine

competition, run by the industry for the industry. It is the only competition

in South Africa where consumers can rely on being able to purchase the

award-winning wines, as one of the conditions of entry is that a minimum

of 300 bottles must be available for sale at the time of the results being

announced. For Noble Late Harvest, Fortified wines, Cape Ruby/Tawny/

Vintage wines and Brandy the required quantities are less.