The Trophy Wine Show

Judging Process

Judging Panels comprising three judges (and an associate judge) with extensive wine competition experience – and including one overseas juror per panel – taste and score the submissions in each class using Riedel glasses. All wines are tasted blind (labels out of sight).

By means of the 100-point scoring system, they produce a consensus-driven result.


95 points and over
(superlative, world class)


90 - 94 point
(excellent, wine of distinction)


85 - 89 points
(good to very good)

*The gold-medal wines in each class go through to the trophy judging where all of the panelists re-assess them from freshly opened bottles.

Tasters with producer interests are not in a position to judge their own wines at the first (medal) stage and their scores are disregarded at the trophy ballot. The competition results are audited by Narinx De Klerk Chartered Accountants.