2016 Awards Season

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We have had another remarkable year with awards for almost all our wines!

Our 2016 award season results are as follows:

FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc

  • We’ve managed to win this title again this year with our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. Second time in a row – we could not be more proud!

Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

  • Double Gold – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Silver – Barbera 2015

Veritas 2016

  • Silver – Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Silver – Chardonnay 2016
  • Silver – White Muscadel 2016
  • Bronze – Cuvée Brut

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Breedekloof shines at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards of South Africa 2016

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Breedekloof Wine Valley collects 43 top awards

Two trophies among tally of Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards

The Breedekloof Wine Valley, along with the Breedekloof Makers, a collaboration of like-minded winemakers from the picturesque Breedekloof Wine Valley, have received an added boost to their enthusiastic winemaking efforts following the announcement of the 20th annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards – a collection of 43 awards in total have made their way to this beautiful wine valley outside Cape Town.

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Veritas 2015

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And the awards keep rolling in…

  • SILVER:    Merwida Cuvée Brut

  • SILVER:    Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2015

  • SILVER:    Merwida Pinotage Rosé 2015

  • SILVER:    Merwida Barbera 2014

  • BRONZE:   Merwida Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

For all the results, please click here.

What’s in a Sticker? –

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After our Merwida Barbera received double gold at the Michelangelo’s and gold at the Veritas, it has been selling at the fastest pace! Does stickers make such a big difference? Is it all about what prestigious wine you bring to the dinner party, or is it actually about what wine you love the most? wrote an interesting article which makes the piont that nine times out of ten those that buy for stickers, barely know the competition for which the award was given. Therefore they made a breakdown of some of the well-known and recognized awards and we would like to share it with you.

To read the full article click here

What’s in a Sticker?


These are the Gold (you also get Double Gold which means it’s amaaazing), Silver and Bronze stickers with a Roman looking laurel. They denote one of SA’s most highly recognized wine competitions that receives on average 1750+ entries every year. The judging panel is ridiculously big with a total of 18 categories needing attention.

By their own emission, “The Veritas Awards is the longest running and most prestigious wine competition in South Africa and is synonymous with excellence in wine.”

The awards get handed out at a very swanky event (it’s like the Oscars) at the beginning of October so expect to see lots of winemakers and writers tweeting about it.

Read more about Veritas here 


International Judges make this a go-to competition for SA winemakers because it means that different palates will make the judgement and compare our wines against global standards. It’s definitely a good benchmark for choosing a wine.

It’s completely self-funded, like Veritas, and has been running for 18 years. The awards ceremony is relatively low-key in terms of social media punting.

Read more about it here

Old Mutual Awards

As the name states, it is backed by Old Mutual and the chairman is renowned wine writer and judge, Michael Fridjhon.

The panel for this year’s competition consisted of three international judges and six local judges. There is always a feedback session before the awards announcement which is great for getting more information on the strongest performing categories and what SA still needs to work on.

Read more about it here

SA Top 100

Its aim is to help you buy smarter by helping you recognize SA’s best wines. 137 wineries entered this year with 491 wines entered.

Read more about it here


It started in 1978 and the Platter’s Guide continues to be one our most trusted wine guides. Their mission statement states “We’d like to encourage you to taste, buy and responsibly enjoy South African wine, and if we can help you choose a bottle to get excited about, invest in, show off with, cook up a storm over, or just enjoy for its own sake, we’d consider it job done.”

The guide makes mention of all SA wineries and the majority of them have all their wines tasted by the Platter’s judges which makes it the most comprehensive collection in the country…and an ideal companion for those who want to get out into the winelands.

The actual awards take place towards the end of the year and rewards the 5* wines as well as the winery of the year.

The stickers we see on wine bottles are usually for the 4* and 5* rated wines.

Read more about it here

Michelangelo International Wine Awards

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We are proud to announce our results of this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards:

  • Merwida Barbera 2012 – Gran d’or Double Gold
  • Merwida Pinotage 2011 – Gold
  • Merwida Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – Silver

What is the #MiwaAwards about:

The Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards was established 18 years ago as the only international wine competition in Africa. The competition is unique in South Africa,as all judges are invited wine experts from Europe, the USA, Australia, the UK and Asia. Since the start of the Michelangelo, more than 160 different judges (239 in total over the period) from 42 countries have served on the panels.

We annually receive around 1500 entries from South Africa and other wine, brandy and liqueur-producers around the globe.

The competition has also experienced exceptional support among local producers (and increasingly from international producers) and is considered one of the top wine contests in South Africa with high credibility, transparency and post-event marketing value both locally and abroad.

Click here for all the results of this year’s awards ceremony

Our next competition results, the Veritas, will be released on 4 October 2014…



Merwida’s Awards (up to 2013)

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Our wines are characterized by rich fruit and subtle spice flavours. The red wines are complex yet have rounded tannins that enhance drinkability, this is what makes the wines so special.

Merwida Chardonnay

2013 Gold Veritas
2012 Silver Michelangelo
2011 Silver Veritas
2011 Silver Michelangelo

Merwida Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Silver Veritas
2012 Double gold Veritas


Merwida Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Silver Veritas
2012 Silver Michelangelo
2012 Silver Veritas


Merwida Barbera

2013 Silver Veritas
2013 Diamond Award Winemakers Choice
2012 Gold Michelangelo
2012 Silver Veritas


Merwida Cuveè Brut

2009 Bronze Veritas


Merwida Merlot Rose

2011 Silver Veritas
2011 Gold Michelangelo


Merwida Pinotage Rosé

2013 Silver Veritas
2013 Gold Michelangelo


Merwida Muskadel

2013 Gold Veritas
2012 Silver Veritas
2011 Dubbel Gold Michelangelo


Merwida Limited Edition Pinotage

2009 Silver Michelangelo