The quality of the judges determines the quality of the award..

The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards gives local and foreign wines the opportunity of being judged by a panel of acclaimed wine experts from around the globe. All judges are hand-picked and serve on the panel by invitation only.



 Date Entries 1 June – 31 July 2016
Tasting 15 August – 20 August 2016
Awards Function Monday evening 26 September at Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West
Entry Fee R970.00 (Vat inclusive )


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Judges 2016

Every year Michelangelo invites the cream of contemporary professional wine judges from around the globe to judge the wine and spirits entered for the Michelangelo awards. The full panel consists of between 22 and 26 international judges – to date we are proud to announce the following confirmed judges for 2016. 1. Adrian Garforth UK 2. Alessandra Piubello Italy 3. Andreij Ondrejmiska Slovakia 4. Carrie Adams SA 5. Chris Alblas The Netherlands 6. Christina Pandolfi Argentina 7. Denis Garett France 8. Eduardo Viotti Brazil 9. Gregory Mutambe SA 10. Jean Smullen Ireland 11. Jungyong Cho Korea 12. Kristina Wolf Germany 13. Liz Palmer Canada 14. Dr Luboš Bárta Czech Republic 15. Maria Katsouli Greece 16. Dr Marin Berovič Slovenia 17. Mike Duggan SA 18. Neil Grant SA 19. Ronny Lau China 20. Sergio Correa Undurraga Chile 21. Sheri Sauter-Morano USA 22. Subhash Arora India 23. Susana Esteban Portugal 24. Thomas Rydberg Denmark 25. Tinashe Nyamudoka SA 26. Zeljko Suhadolnik Croatia