MILESTONES

'97

Established

The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards was established in 1997 to offer South African producers the opportunity of having their wines adjudicated locally by a highly experienced and respected panel of professionals from around the globe. Our primary objective was – and to a great extent still remains – to support local wine and spirits producers who are targeting international markets for exports and, through our international judges, are able to determine whether their wines will be well received both abroad and locally.
'03

Big Changes

Since 2003 the competition has received an increasing number of entries from international wine producers; 2003 marked the start of a new era for the competition when the Michelangelo International Wine Awards moved to Stellenbosch, the main wine producing area of South Africa. During that year the organisers introduced the first of a number of trophies, namely the Grand Prix trophy for the top scoring wine, the Pinotage trophy and a trophy for the best Garagiste (Boutique) wine entered into the competition.
'19

Today

Now, in its 24th year, the competition remains unique in South Africa, in that all judges are hand-picked wine experts, representing all seven continents. Since the start of the competition in 1997, more than 170 different judges from 46 countries (more recently including Russia, Romania and China) have served on the panel. All entries are judged blind by panels of 5 or 6 judges, using the 100-point international recognised OIV judging system.

MEET THE TEAM

In 2018 the company changed its structure to become more flexible & competent in a constantly expanding market.
The Michelangelo team now consists of five members, each with a number of dedicated responsibilities to ensure the
company is geared for the ever-changing and demanding wine industry.

LORRAINE IMMELMAN

Founder and CEO | Media Marketing and PR

+27 82 556 8679


DIRK HARRIS

Award Sticker Orders and Entries ‭

+27 82 394 3280


MYNARD SLABBERT

Business Development and Sponsorships

+27 63 666 6772


BARRY DE VRIES

OUR TROPHY SPONSORS

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