South Africa tops the gold medal table following recent judging

IWSC news

Wed 15 Jun 2022


  • IWSC announces results following in situ judging in South Africa
  • 28 gold medals awarded, putting South Africa at the top of the gold medal table
  • IWSC experts tasted alongside several local judges
  • Great potential for Cabernet Franc varietal

Following last week’s judging, the IWSC has announced South Africa’s 2022 medal results.

Placing South Africa firmly at the top of this year’s IWSC gold medal chart, its wines were awarded an impressive 28 gold medals.

With just shy of 700 wines submitted from South Africa into the IWSC’s 2022 awards, 88% of So entrants received a medal, including 234 silver medals and 355 bronze medals.

This year, judging took place in South Africa, with a selection of IWSC experts including Alistair Cooper MW, Elizabeth Kelly MWVictoria MasonMatteo Montone MS and David Kermode, joining forces with local judges to taste the wines.

From South Africa, the judging panel was bolstered by: Spencer Fondaumiere, Janine Van Zyl, Malu Lambert, Pearl Oliver, Greg Mutambe, Jono Le Feuvre, Christine Rudman, Christian Eedes and Wellington Muromba.

Amongst South Africa’s 2022 medal winners were several sparkling wines, including entrants from Pongràcz, Durbanville Hills, Krone, Babylonstoren, Graham Beck, Old Road Wine, Bon Courage and Villiera Wines.

In total 169 producers from across South Africa entered the awards. 29 grape varieties were represented by medal winners, from Cabernet Franc, which Judging Committee Member Alistair Cooper see’s great potential for, to Zinfandel.

Alistair comments: “As a nation, South Africa has a bountiful array of varietals, there is so much opportunity for diversity it made for some exciting tastings. The judges were delighted by the wines on offer and the medal tally reflects this quality on offer.”

He adds: “The rate at which south Africa has developed over the past 15 years is nothing short of astonishing. It is quite possibly the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world currently, with both classic styles continuing to be honed, as well as extremely exciting new projects. Producers are showing a much deeper understanding of which cultivars are suited to the Cape such as Rhone reds and whites and the classic Bordeaux varietals.”

South Africa’s 2022 gold medal winners:


 For a full list of the IWSC’s 2022 winners, visit our website.