Pink drinks are the fastest-growing segment of the market. The Rosé Wine and Spirit Challenge celebrates pink wines and spirits. In this event, Rosé’s compete against each other and not against a myriad of other products.


In wine circles, there seems to be a bias that rosé wines are inferior to other categories. Nothing can be further from the truth. In this event, rosé wines will only compete with other rosé wines, getting the attention it deserves.

There are no spirit challenges where only pink spirits are pitted against each other. This event celebrates pink drinks.

Judging Methodology

Meticulous judging by professionals ensures the best of the best gets awarded. Panellists do not discuss the products and are left to judge wines and spirits on merit.


Winning products will be awarded Gold, Double gold and Trophy awards.





0 No or Low Alcohol Wine
1 Perlé or Slightly Sparkling Wine RS equal or less than 12 g/L
2 Perlé or Slightly Sparkling Wine RS more than 12 g/L
3 Sparkling Wine (not bottle fermented) RS equal or less than 12 g/L
4 Sparkling Wine (not bottle fermented) RS more than 12 g/L
5 Pink Cap Classique
6 Blanc de noir and Rosé RS equal or less than 5 g/L
7 Blanc de noir and Rosé RS more than 5 g/L
8 Pink Gin
9 Other Pink Spirit
10 Pink Vermouth
11 Pink Flavoured Wine Still
12 Pink Flavoured Wine Sparkling
13 Other


Timeline and dates for 2024:2023-10-10T12:45:33+02:00
Entries open: 21 May 2024

Early bird cut-off:

Cut-off dates for entries.

24 July 2024

14 August 2024

Delivery of samples: 19 and 20 August 2024 (Monday and Tuesday)
Results released: 26 August 2024
How many samples are needed per entry?2020-02-12T21:54:45+02:00

A wine sample has to comprise only three 750ml bottles and a spirit sample has to comprise only two 750ml
bottles, or the volumetric equivalent thereof.

How much does it cost to enter a product?2023-10-10T12:47:03+02:00
Early bird entries done by 24 July 2024 are R995  excluding VAT per entry. Entries that are done after the early bird special closed are R1275 excluding VAT per entry. Gold, Double Gold, and Trophy stickers will be available at R455 excluding VAT per 1000.
Do I get a certificate if my wine wins an award?2020-02-12T21:52:57+02:00

An electronic certificate will be sent by email to the winners. If the exact same product is sold under different brand names, you can request a certificate for each brand at no extra cost.

When will the winners be announced?2023-10-10T12:47:35+02:00

Results will be emailed to entrants on or before the 26 August 2024 to notify them. The entrants can utilise the stickers and event artwork to maximise exposure on various social media fronts and for their existing client base but must display them together with the name(s) of the product and vintage where applicable, which earned this accolade. Stickers will focus attention on award-winning products, leading to higher visibility and a boost in sales.

When will the stickers be available?2020-02-12T21:52:05+02:00

We will endeavour to have the award stickers ready for collection approximately two weeks after the announcement of the results. Stickers need to be paid for before collection unless arranged with the organisers.

Do I have to order stickers?2020-02-12T21:51:32+02:00

You’re not obligated to order stickers; if you do not want any, indicate the number on the entry form as 0 (zero). After the announcement of the results, you must take the number of stickers you indicate. Stickers will be available approximately two weeks after the announcement of the results.

What happens to the samples that is left over after tasting?2020-02-12T21:51:02+02:00

Any remaining samples at the end of the judging process becomes the property of Rosé Wine and Spirit Challenge.

Will the tastings be audited?2020-02-12T21:50:19+02:00

The tasting procedure will be audited by a reputable auditing firm to ensure the judges are not influenced and the tasting is done blind and conforms to international standards.

Event Rules2023-10-10T12:48:27+02:00
  1. Only pink wines and spirits will be judged.
  2. Submission of samples and/or payment of entry fees constitutes acceptance of all the rules.
  3. Tank samples will not be accepted as entries into the event.
  4. All wines from outside South Africa do not need a WSR2 or WSR4 certificate. All non-flavoured wines from South Africa must be accompanied by a SAWIS (South African Wine Industry Information & Systems – www.sawis.co.za) application number, and the stickers awarded may only be applied to the wine attached to the application number. If a certain wine has more than one application number, the wines must be entered separately.
  5. Each non-flavoured wine from South Africa must have a current WSR2 or WSR4 certificate showing that the wine was approved on the strength of taste and analysis by SAWIS, or a Department of Agriculture Wine-on-Line screen capture printout to show the wine has a current tasting date. This certificate must be current (i.e. the wine must have been tasted and approved by the board no more than one year before the first day of delivery). A sample will not be accepted without this certificate. No refunds will be paid if the WSR2 or WSR4 certificate is not current.
  6. Each category will be determined by the product information on the label.
  7. There is no minimum stock quantity needed to enter a product.
  8. There is no limit to the number of entries per producer. However, each flavoured wine or spirit may only be entered once into the event (even if it is under a different label), and any participant may enter more than one wine, flavoured wine or spirit in a class.
  9. A product that received an award in a previous year’s event may be entered again.
  10. Entries and registration will be accepted from the start of the event until midnight on the last day. Proof of payment must be emailed to info@rosechallenge.co.za before midnight on the closing date for entries to be accepted.
  11. Invoices for entries will be sent by email to entrants and paid before the final close of entries.
  12. A wine sample must comprise three 750ml bottles, or the volumetric equivalent thereof and a flavoured wine or spirit sample two 750ml bottles, or the volumetric equivalent thereof.
  13. The samples must be delivered to the drop-off point in Stellenbosch, South Africa between 9:00 and 16:00 on the two days allocated to be accepted into the event.
  14. Winners will be notified by email, and stickers will be available for collection about two weeks later. Proof of payment of both the entries and stickers is needed before stickers can be collected. Gold, Double Gold and Trophy award stickers come in multiples of 1000 and 2000.
  15. Quantities of stickers ordered that are not multiples of 1000 will be rounded up and invoiced as such.
  16. By entering the event, the entrant commits to paying for the number of stickers indicated before the required deadline for the products that receive awards.
  17. The event logo or stickers may not be displayed on their own for purposes of marketing, but must be accompanied by the details of the particular product that won, or may be photographed on the product that won the award.
  18. Any samples remaining at the conclusion of the judging become the property of the event.
  19. The judging process will be entirely confidential, and no details will be released concerning the judging process and reasoning. No feedback of any nature will be given.
  20. The decision of the judges is final, and no changes will be made to awards after the judging process is complete. In the event of a dispute, the event’s management’s decision will be final.
  21. No refund of entry fees will be made.
  22. By entering the event, the entrant states that the information provided is factually and legally correct.
  23. If a participant does not follow all the rules of the event or legal requirements as required by SAWIS for South African wine, the event has the right to disqualify the particular entry concerned or the entire year’s entries or ban the producer from the event.
  24. The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd will not make available a list of all the producers that took part in the event, or reveal the scores assigned to any product, or make available the details of products that were not awarded. It remains the prerogative of The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd to publish results of awarded products as they see fit.
  25. Entries will only be accepted in English.
  26. Entries must be completed in full, and entries that were not completed in full could be declared void.
  27. Employees of the event and their immediate family are not allowed to enter the event.
  28. If an entrant does not comply with the rules of the event, their entries may be cancelled.
  29. The producer whose product is entered must be fully aware of the submission and must grant the person entering the event the right to enter the product and order stickers. If this is not found to be the case, the person entering the event will be liable for any financial commitment made.
  30. If for any reason possible the judging cannot take place, or entrants cannot be given results, half of the entrants’ entry fee will be refunded, and no other damages will be awarded to the event, or any of the companies involved.
  31. For any claim to be made against The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd for defective stickers, the stickers must be returned to Postnet at Stellenbosch, South Africa within 7 days after the date of delivery to Postnet. The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd will within its discretion either replace or pass a credit for defective stickers so proven, but shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, or any other loss, including loss to third parties and legal expenses, arising out of errors in providing stickers, or by delay in delivery, or by unsuitability of goods for use intended.
  32. Event management cannot be held liable for any damage incurred to stickers once the stickers have been accepted by the client or by a third-party transportation company.
  33. This event’s management may change the rules of the event without notice and publish them on the website without giving notice to entrants. If the entrant does not want to comply with the new rules of the event, they can cancel their entries up to the date entries close. After this time, entrants must comply with the rules of the event.

Contact us


Sanet van Heerden


Celia Gilloway


Lanzerac Hotel
Lanzerac Service Entrance
Jonkershoek Road

Security will point the drop-off area for samples out to you.

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