According to Frances Horder, the IWSC competition director this decision has been coming a long time. “Allowing the first part of the judging process to be held in South Africa expands the market for us but also reduces the financial costs for SA wine producers to ship wines to the UK.”
Previously all SA wines have been judged at the homebase near Guildford in Surry, UK but unfortunately the transportation of samples made it quite expensive for local producers to enter.
This year the judging will take place in South Africa during the week of 18 July 2011 during which local judges will be invited to take part in the first judging process. The top winners from the first part of the judging process will be shipped to the UK for the chemical analysis and final judging. The deadline for final entries are 1 July 2011.
At the time, Frances Horder, could not yet reveal the names of the local judges.
The original aim of the IWSC was to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide. This remains the aim today, encouraging consumer and trade recognition for quality products.