Expectations are running high amongst top wine producers to see if they have qualified for a SAWi Award. There are definitely going to be a number of new faces to see at the function.

Word has it that we are certainly in for a more than the usual number of surprises. It was established that there will be almost 60 Platinum Awards (95+points) to be handed out with more than 50 Grand Gold Awards (points between 93 and 94) which will be presented too.

The Platinum category of achievers also becomes part of the SAWi Ambassadors Club, currently representative of 31 wine cellars. This is out of a total number of wineries that runs a few hundred. It is expected that only a handful more wineries will become part in 2014.

The criteria for achievement were indeed been set very high. A wine needs a minimum of three years competition results to be considered for a SAWi rating. Without excelling above the rest with a trophy or top ten achievement, a wine will just stay part of the bigger bunch, even if a wine consistently scores 90 points, which by the way should at least be expected nowadays, otherwise why bother? Furthermore, such results must maintain its consistency over multi-years to come into contention for a SAWi Award.