Following the annual release of the SAWi Wine Awards Report, Minister Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities and Tourism in the Western Cape, labelled the SA Wine Index as ‘an excellent benchmark for the wine industry.’ He went on to say: ‘It showcases South Africa’s highest quality wines. I’m pleased to see that Western Cape wine farms have through the Index at last received the recognition they deserve’.

This excellent endorsement serves to underline the true value of the South African Wine Index – it exists to identify and promote South Africa as a producer of exceptional wines expressed in the form of the ‘Grand Wines Collection’ (GWC), in through which South Africa is able to hold its own on the international vinous stage. It constitutes an exciting new South African wine calling card for lovers of wine.

Using the Grand Wines Collection, South Africa is able to confidently market itself as a premier international wine producer. Similarly, the world now has access to the finest South African wines, in one collection.

But, what is platform for the Grand Wines Collection? Well, the South African Wine Index (SAWi) has created a system which after 10 years of dedicatedly tracking the quality performance of all wines in South Africa, brought about what is known today as the ‘Grand Wines Collection’ (GWC). Today, the GWC is the only luxury brand of its kind in the world and so different in nature from anything else that it is officially acknowledged as the particular, definitive and concrete benchmark standard for identifying top wines. If you want to know what a good wine is, this is it.

This unique system called the ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ distils the collective wisdom of more than 100 authoritative multi-national wine competitions, reviews and listings to present a single point score representing the perceived value of a wine, stripped of the subjective noise of various judging panels. As such, SAWi can legitimately claim to have identified South Africa’s best wines.

In tracking multi-national outcomes of wine competitions, it only focuses on results above gold status and which are then converted in a point’s format through an index methodology. In the process either scoring outcomes from 93 points and upwards are used or specific set point scores for obtaining accolades such as double gold, trophies and the like.

The index also allows for weights to be applied according to the importance of the event, very much like that of the tennis or golf circuits. These weights differ in application between local and international events with four layers each.

Therefore, a wine that is included in the GWC has a multi-vintage track record based on a 10 year roll-over base. This then remains an on-going process. What such results have shown up is that it is very unlikely that GWC wines will lose their status, showing on-going consistency in quality. This makes the portfolio very unique and an ideal base from which to build home cellars.