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Lorraine Immelman established the Michelangelo in 1997 with the purpose of giving local wines the opportunity of being judged by an international panel of wine experts. She is still today the sole owner and organises the annual event with the help of her small team.
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2014 Competition Dates
Early bird entries: R800 per entry, if entry forms and payment received between 1 June and 30 June. Please note: No wines will be received during June. Please only deliver wines from 1 July to Romond Wines, Klein Helderberg Road, R44, Somerset West.
Later entries: R850 per entry, if received and paid for after 21 July 2014
Judging: 17 to 23 August, Romond Wines, Somerset West
Awards function: Friday, 12 September 2014, Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West

Liqueur Awards 2014

We're excited to announce the brand new Michelangelo International Liqueur Awards. Watch this space, more info is coming soon!

2013 Winners Announced

Our international judges have spoken, and the medals and trophies have been awarded! All results on the link below:

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Exciting new trophies, three platinum awards and 490 medals awarded to 1415 entries in the 2013 awards!

The 17th Michelangelo (sponsored by Rotolabel) marked another highlight on the 2013 wine calendar with the results being announced at a glittering gala luncheon on Friday, 6 September.

Two new trophies, namely the African Cellar Suppliers (ACS) Trophy for Best Method Cap Classique and The ToneleriaNaçional Best Pinotage Coffee Trophy, as well as the new tier for Platinum Awards caused much excitement.

Three inaugural platinum awards were made for wines rated “of superior quality” and scoring higher than 98 points: KleineZalze, Saronsberg Cellar and Grundheim Wines.


A panel of 16 wine and brandy specialists from 15 countries judged the entries from the 12th to the 17th of August at Romond Vineyards in Somerset West.

Since the competition’s inception in 1997 more than 160 international wine experts from 37 countries have served on the judging panels, which is why this competition is unique in South Africa – judges are unbiased, professional experts with international experience in wine adjudication.

‘The Michelangelo competition offers value to their entrants,’ says Lorraine Immelman, founder and owner of the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, adding, ‘The competition provides a platform for local wines to be judged by a panel of international judges on local soil and to compete against entries from other countries.’ This year international entries were received from Chile, Italy, New Zealand, France, Argentinia and Canada.

Technical director for the Awards, Sue van Wyk CWM from Australia, said several judges commented on the improved quality of the CheninBlancs and Pinotage, further stating that these wines’ high standard provides a platform for the industry to build local and international markets. South African Shiraz always impressive and this year was no exception.

Other categories that impressed the judges were Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Apart from the three platinum medals, 58 Gran d’or medals were awarded, 197 gold and 235 silver. According to the competition rules no bronze medals are awarded and only the top third of entrants are awarded a medal.

The Sauvignon Blanc class received the most entries, namely a record number of 173; awarded seven Gran d’or, 20 gold and 33 silver medals. The Pinotage category received 107 entries and walked away with an impressive ten Gran d’or medal winners, thereby leading the run and followed by Shiraz’s eight. This year saw a record number of 161 Shiraz entries, apart from the Gran d’or medals received also being honoured with 21 gold and 31 silver medals.

The trophy winners

This year two new trophies were introduced into the competition. African Cellar Suppliers has come on board as sponsor for the Best Method Cap Classique Trophy. Domaine des Dieux walked off away with this honour for their Domaine des Dieux Rose of Sharon 2008.

The Toneleria Naçional Best Pinotage Coffee Trophy was awarded to Boland Cellar’s Cappupino Ccinotage 2012.

Building on last year’s success, Stellenrust Estate this year received the Best Fairtrade Red Wine Trophy, sponsored by Pick n Pay, for their Stellenrust Cabernet Franc 2010.

Above: 2013 Trophy Winners

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Judges 2013

Our dynamic international panel for 2013 has been confirmed:

  1. Christoph Merchiers - Belgium
  2. Geoffrey Adams - United Kingdom
  3. Liam Campbell - Ireland
  4. Sherwin Lao - Philippines
  5. Ralf Bengel - Germany
  6. Joelle Thomson - New Zealand
  7. Timo Jokinen - Finland
  8. Dominic Rizzi - Luxembourg
  9. Sue van Wyk - Australia (technical director)
  10. Christine Rudman - South Africa
  11. Christine Austin - United Kingdom
  12. Robert Gorjak - Slovenia
  13. Reva Singh - India
  14. Riccardo Margheri - Italy
  15. Andrej Ondrejmiska - Slovakia
  16. Maria Katsouli - Greece

Label Collection

Please note that Michelangelo Award Labels (gold, silver and double gold) will no longer be available for collection from 18 Suikerbossie Drive in Gordon's Bay. Until further notice, labels can be collected from Ielanda Koen at 2 Ferndale Street, Bracken Heights, Brackenfell. Please contact Ielanda on 082 4686486 to make arrangements.

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