The Veritas Awards is the longest running and most prestigious wine and brandy competition in South Africa and is synonymous with excellence in wine and brandy.
The Veritas Awards started in 1991 and gives recognition to wines and brandies of exceptional quality and the distinctive Veritas symbol of excellence serves as an authoritative quality guideline for wine and brandy connoisseurs. Gold and Double Gold awards are of significant value to the wine industry as well, as it offers a prestigious image for the wine, winery and winemaker, brandy and brandy masters and contributes to growth in sales.
More than 120 international and local judges gather every year during September in the Cape winelands to judge the entries that cover the full spectrum of different styles and vintages. Wines and brandies are tasted blind by panels that consist of seven experts judging 10 wines/brandies at a time.
The results are announced at a glittering gala dinner in Cape Town during October, often referred to as the “Oscars” of the industry. Following the awards announcement, tastings are held in the major cities in South Africa where the public, members of the trade and restauranteurs can taste the Double Gold and Gold winners.
Veritas initiated the Living Legends award in 2009 to honour those men and women who made a major contribution to the industry during their lifetime. The Young Wine Writers of the year competition was launched in 2013 as an initiative to encourage young people to write and communicate about wine.
- Website: http://veritas.co.za/about/