Michelangelo spreads its wings – 20 years and counting!
The Michelangelo proudly celebrates it’s 20th aniversary this year! From small and hesitant beginnings in South Africa in 1997, the competition has grown to being widely considered the equivalent to other international wine competitions held around the world (eg IWSC and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles).
Recently the Michelangelo’s exciting new partnership agreement with the Italian events company, Fiera Milano, has put the competition in a very strong position to offer medal and trophy winners opportunities to show and sell their award-winning wines and spirits in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as well as at Fiera Milano’s Food and Wine Shows in Europe. Michelangelo has also committed to taking our 2016 winning wines to introduce them to the growing markets of wine consumers Namibia in May 2017, while paraticipation in wine shows in other African countries such as Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya, are being investigated . Exciting stuff!
All our 2016 winners will be invited to join this new wave of activity, wholly aimed at giving producers maximum marketing and sales opportunities! This will include several social events in collaboration with Fiera Milano and The Good Food and Wine Show during 2016 and 2017 – the next upcoming event being the Michelangelo Pavillion at the Johannesburg Good Food and Wine Show at the end of July which will showcase producers such as Wellington Wines, Raka, Klein Doolhof, Montpellier, Perdeberg and Leipzig as well as Woolworths who will present a selection of their 2015 Michelangelo winning wines.
We have again invited a dynamic panel of 25 international wine and spirits judges from 22 countries.
The 2016 judging panel:
1. Christina Pandolfi, Argentina 2. Eduardo Viotti, Brazil 3. Liz Palmer, Canada 4. Sergio Correa, Chile 5. Ronny Lau, China 6. Franjo Francem, Croatia 7. Lubos Barta, Czech Republic 8. Thomas Rydberg, Denmark 9. Denis Garett, France 10. Kristina Wolf, Germany 11. Maria Katsouli, Greece 12. Subhash Arora, India 13. Jean Smullen, Ireland 14. Nellie Salvi, France 15. Roberto Lepori, Italy 16. Jungyong Cho, Korea 17. Mike Duggan, SA 18. Carrie Adams, SA 19. Gregory Mutambe, SA 20. Tinashe Nyamudoka, SA 21. Colin Frith, SA 22. Andreij Ondrejmiska, Slovakia 23. Marin Berovič, Slovenia 24. Chris Alblas, The Netherlands 25. Adrian Garforth, UK
All wines are judged blind according to the international 100-point system and awarded Platinum, Gran d’Or, Gold and Silver medals. In addition, 15 trophies are awarded for class winners.
Delivery of samples for the twentieth Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards is awaited. The competition closes for entries on Friday, 29 July.