The Ultra Value Wine Challenge, now on the hunt for the best canned wines in SA!

Cool, current and … overdue!

Canned wines have been on a few store shelves for some time now.  It’s been a slow pace though. The pandemic, the restrictions, other stuff, all got in the way.

A renewed  surge is helpful.  But together lets now achieve more.

We have added a new category:  Canned Wine!  Ultra Value Wine Challenge continues to lead the way.

We are keen to let the judges find the best of the best from South African canned wine producers.  Together, let’s build the market.

Ultra Value winning wines are the definitive list of affordable, delicious wines in SA.

Dont miss out on the opportunity to be on that list!

Enter now – click here



The high-quality panel of independent wine judges score each wine, based only on quality. Then a value formula will again be applied to each wine. This will uplift the score based on price, converting it to a final VALUE-ADJUSTED score.

All wines that pass the quality threshold will be eligible for an award.  The resulting VALUE adjusted scores out of 100 points will then award each wine one of the following medals:

  • Wine of the Year
  • Double Gold
  • Gold
  • Silver

Compelling reasons to enter your wines now

  1. High visibility
  2. Consumer friendly ≤ R150
  3. Gain listings; sell more wines
  4. Top quality judges and protocol
  5. High impact bottle stickers that impact positively on sales

To enter the Challenge, simply click HERE or go to the Buy Better Wine website.

Good luck!



Has alcohol-free wine finally come of age?

(article courtesy of @winematcher The Guardian)

Demand for low- and no-alcohol wines has rocketed in recent years, and the market is finally rising to the occasion

It may seem a bit weird to you to go to the London Wine Fair to taste wine that’s alcohol-free, but if you want to know what’s happening in the drinks world, the no- and low-alcohol or nolo sector, as it’s chirpily called, is where much of the action is: “Forty-nine percent of UK adults are either not drinking any alcohol or are planning to cut down,” says Laura Willoughby of the campaigning group Club Soda. And, according to Lucky Saint, the leading alcohol-free beer brand, 7.9m adults took part in dry January this year, compared with 6.5m in 2021.

That said, you don’t really need to look at the stats – instead, just trust the evidence of your own eyes. Almost every deli, healthfood shop and cafe these days has shelves full of alcohol-free drinks. I found the raspberry and rosemary cordial in today’s pick at one of my locals, the Sunday General in Bristol, and it could happily do duty for a pinot noir.

While it’s comparatively easy to switch to no- and low-alcohol beer (Lucky Saint is my usual go-to), booze-free wine is a much harder nut to crack. Not so bad, maybe, for people who have never drunk alcohol or who need to give up for an extended period, but much less gratifying for wine drinkers who want to take the odd day off. The good news is that some reasonably impressive products are finally beginning to appear on the market, including the VFMS 0.0% by cava producer Vallformosa that I mentioned the other week, as well as hard-to-nail reds from the likes of Noughty (yes, some makers do have rather irritating names).

And they continue to improve as well: when I tried the prototype of Blurred Vines’ Spark a few months ago, I wasn’t that impressed, but now I’d happily drink it instead of a pet nat (pétillant naturel, or naturally sparkling wine). There’s certainly a market out there, too: in the year to October 2021, the market for low- and no-alcohol wines grew by 64.1%, or £149m, according to Club Soda’s Willoughby.

Interestingly, I’ve always seen price as a stumbling block, but Willoughby, who ran a pop-up shop this year, says there’s surprisingly little resistance to paying similar prices to full-strength drinks: “It’s a question of social inclusion,” she says. “People want to feel involved when their friends are drinking. A good alcohol-free hits your reward centres and people don’t mind paying for rewards.” Hopefully, pubs and restaurants whose nolo offering still has a long way to go will take note.