There are many wine competitions and reviews – one could say almost too many to keep track of! And even though most of them are legitimate and provide credible results, sometimes the same wine receives different ratings. How are consumers supposed to know which wine they should buy, with so much information floating about, which sometimes proves to be contradicting? It surely can be very confusing.
Especially in South Africa, with as many as 568 South African wine cellars eager to fill their customers’ glasses with superior quality wines, it ‘s apparent that there ought to be a way of ranking the various selections, a type of objective measure that would define the qualities of each offering in a comprehensive and fair way.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was some way of comparing these competitions’ results, and combining them together in order to create a condensed ranking on a scale of 1 to 100? How easy would it be to enter a liquor store and select your bottle based on a percentile value chart that was truly representative of what you were buying?
The South African Wine Index, aka SAWi (pronounced as ‘savvy’), does exactly this; using a multi-phase algorithm, which allows for an objective representation of consistent excellence, it strives to provide potential buyers with a comprehensive guide, and some more insight into the relative performance of each wine throughout the years, in order to help them pick the right produce for their needs, and to satisfy their own taste.
How does it work?
The way the SAWi methodology works is simple, as shown in the following chart, which can also be found here;
For a more thorough explanation of the wine rating definitions, please feel fre to visit this page.
SAWi events and awards
SAWi doesn’t just rate wines. It is part of the wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts’ lifestyle, and every year it honors an important wine personality with the SAWi Legend Award, for their groundbreaking contributions to the industry, and their active involvement in all things wine. This year’s SAWi Legend Award was presented to Etienne le Riche, a founding member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, whose winery produces one of the finest Cabernet of South Africa – which is why he is also known as the ‘King of Cabernet’!
The South Africa Wine Index also organizes wine appreciation and promotion events, such as the SAWi Grootbos Classic Wine Tasting Event, which took place on the weekend of June 20, 2015, where attendees enjoyed the privilege of tasting some of the finest wines South Africa has to offer. This year we were sadly unable to attend due to prior engagements, but we are definitely looking forward to next year’s events!