Our Winning Vineyards

Frequently Asked

The UVC Wine Challenge focuses solely on consumer ‘best value’, assessing wines that cost R150 or less per bottle.

A panel of highly competent judges assess all wines for quality. Quality winning wines are then put through a smart algorithm. This formula adjusts the quality score by including price attractiveness…and then provides an overall VALUE score!

Winning wines are awarded their final VALUE score out of 100 points, and gain Double Gold, Gold or Silver medal status.

This is just what consumers are looking for in our toughening economic times.

Compelling reasons to enter your wines now:

  • Highly visible
  • Consumer friendly R150
  • Gain listings; sell more wines
  • Huge impact bottle stickers that encourage purchase
  • A position on our innovative, modern & consumer friendly website

Early Bird entries open: 10/07/2023
Standard rate entries open: 07/08/2023
Last day for entries: 12/09/2023
Wine sample delivery: 14/09/2023
Judging week commences: 19/09/2023

Early Bird special R850 per wine (R977.50 incl. VAT)

Standard entry R1100 per wine (R 1265 incl. VAT)

Discount available for multiple entries, per request.


  1. Payment should be made via EFT into the account details on the entry invoice. Please use your vineyard name as reference so your payment can be identified easily.
  2. Proof of payment should be emailed to UVC at accounts@buybetterwine.com
  3. Entry fees are non-refundable

Date: 14/09/2023
Time: 9am – 3pm only
Address: Overgaauw Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Rd, Stellenbosch, 7604.
Contact: Lisa on 076 022 7286


HIGGO JACOBS: A law graduate from Stellenbosch, Higgo was lured into the wine industry after his studies, and what was meant to be a sabbatical ended up as a way of life. Certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Higgo consults to various establishments; judges on wine competitions and publications locally and abroad, and tries his hand occasionally at writing.

The UVC Wine Challenge provides an objective, independent and professional rating of South Africa’s best value wines.  All wines sell for under R130 per bottle.

Judging panels are comprised of prominent and experienced local experts who can objectively assess just how good a wine really is. Each panel enjoys a talented mix of wine fundi’s and a hugely respected chair, adding to the level of debate and the rigour of achieving a final wine-quality score.

  • Six bottles of each wine are available
  • White wines will be served at approximately 14°C
  • Red wines will be served at approximately 19°C
  • Bubblies will be served at approximately 7°C
  • Two bottles are used per tasting flight as a minimum
  • The Tasting Director will arrange flights and supervise administration

  • Judges are independent and answer only to panel chairs.
  • All wines are judged ‘blind’, thus the judges aren’t aware of the origin of the wine.
  • Wines are judged by cultivar or variety in their flights.
  • Discussion is allowed for faulty wines and protocol breach.
  • Following the initial tastings, and as an absolute minimum, wines within a certain score band can be re-tasted twice further in order to confirm their placement.
  • There is a post flight panel discussion, score calibration and recording.
  • The panel will record and sign off on its agreed scores.
  • The 20-point scoring system is applied to record wine quality.
  • Winning wines will be those that score above a certain threshold.
  • An algorithm formula will adjust score by price attractiveness, for the final ‘Value’ score out of 100.


Richard Kershaw MW

Born and raised in the UK, Richard enjoyed a successful career as a chef before finding wine. After travelling extensively, he arrived in South Africa in 1999 and by 2009 he was Group Winemaker for Mulderbosch and Kanu. One of only 10 Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines, he is pursuing his dream in Elgin in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. He focuses on cool climate, site-specific, clonally selected wines. When not in the vineyard or cellar, he is much in demand for wine show judging. He also lectures for the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) in South Africa, and share the breadth of his knowledge with students and consumers via talks, tastings and blogs.

Ginette De Fleuriot CWM

Ginette is a Cape Wine Master and is the Marketing Manager for Vinimark Wine Company. She began her career in wine in Germany, working in wine retail, wine education and freelance journalism. A lecturer for the Cape Wine Academy, Ginette has also been a contributor to the Platter Wine Guide. She has served as a wine judge for Veritas, SAA Wine Selection panel, Diners Club Wine List Awards, the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the Nederburg Auction Selection panel, the Value Wine Guide, ULTRA Value Wine Challenge and the National Wine Challenge. She writes a regular column for the Cape Town newspaper Inner City News.

JD Pretorius

JD graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2007 with a BSc. in Viticulture and Oenology degree. He worked at Beyerskloof, Graham Beck Wines as well as at Stonestreet Winery in Sonoma County, California, before being appointed as winemaker at Steenberg Vineyards in 2009. He was then promoted to Cellar Master in 2012 until April 2019, when he joined Warwick as Cellar Master. He has received numerous awards including, Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year 2014, Platter five stars, Old Mutual Trophies and Veritas Double Golds.

Spencer Fondaumiere

Spencer is a certified wine judge who graduated through the Michael Fridjhon Wine Academy where he successfully passed the WSET Level 3 certification in 2016. He is also one of only five hundred individuals who passed the challenging exam to become an Associationde la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) certified sommelier. Spencer is a qualified chef with years in the hospitality industry. His diverse skills and experience led him to eventually join the Warwick team as the National Brand Manager in 2018, where he ensures that the unique vision behind the wine is communicated to the world in a creative and authentic way. Spencer’s qualifications might sound technical, but his mission remains to inspire people to “Just enjoy what’s in the glass in front of you, forget all the pretences and grandeur and enjoy the wine and the moment for what it is.”