Gin has experienced extraordinary growth around the world in recent years. These trends are being reflected in South Africa, where a phenomenal increase in the popularity of craft gin is being experienced.

Driven by the quest for authenticity and provenance, local distillers have crafted their own distinctive South African interpretations of this spirit.

Unique local ingredients such as Karoo botanicals, buchu, rooibos, kalahari truffles, wild dagga, honey bush and devil’s claw have all found their way into original and exciting expressions of this increasingly popular and versatile drink.

Welcome to the SA Craft Gin Awards 2019.

The Competition

The SA Craft Gin Awards are the home of the inaugural South African Craft Gin Awards.

These awards represent the first dedicated competition for South African craft gins, and have been founded to celebrate and promote the finest craft gins distilled in South Africa.

The gins will be judged by a panel of judges who will blind taste to discover the top South African Craft Gins.

Double and gold awards will be awarded to the outstanding gins.

ENTERIES ARE NOW CLOSED. RESULTS ANNOUNCED MID JULY 2019.

If you would still like to enter, please see below.

The Judges

The gins will be judged by a panel of judges who will blind taste to discover the top South African Craft Gins. The judging panel is comprised of a cross section of industry specialists, with an in-depth knowledge of gin and the drinks industry, including the on-trade.

The judging scores will be overseen by an auditor and are certified at the end of the judging process.

Anna Trapido

Chef. Phd. Author. Experienced food and drinks judge. Gin lover.

Tammy Frazer

Parfumier. Owner of Frazer Perfume. Huntress of unique botanicals. User of organic and natural ingredients. Cherishes African craftsmanship.

Thierry Lubala

Head Barman, mixologist and gin connoisseur at Sansibar at Asara Estate – Africa’s largest gin collection with over 500 varieties.

Jean Buckham

All-round gin fundi and expert. Business owner at The Gin Box, a craft gin club showcasing different SA craft gins.

Hanneli van der Merwe

Stellenbosch University’s first woman Phd in Oenology. Qualified taster. Founder and Co-owner of Barker and Quin Tonic Water. User of natural ingredients and spring water.

Tatiana Marcetteau

Internationally qualified sommelier and experienced wine and spirit judge. F&B Manager at The Cape Grace Hotel. Previously head sommelier at Delaire Graff, Taj Hotel & Cellars Hohenort.

The Judges

The gins will be judged by a panel of judges who will blind taste to discover the top South African Craft Gins. The judging panel is comprised of a cross section of industry specialists, with an in-depth knowledge of gin and the drinks industry, including the on-trade.

The judging scores will be overseen by an auditor and are certified at the end of the judging process.

Anna Trapido

Chef. Phd. Author. Experienced food and drinks judge. Gin lover.

Tammy Frazer

Parfumier. Owner of Frazer Perfume. Huntress of unique botanicals. User of organic and natural ingredients. Cherishes African craftsmanship.

Thierry Lubala

Head Barman, mixologist and gin connoisseur at Sansibar at Asara Estate – Africa’s largest gin collection with over 500 varieties.

Jean Buckham

All-round gin fundi and expert. Business owner at The Gin Box, a craft gin club showcasing different SA craft gins.

Hanneli van der Merwe

Stellenbosch University’s first woman Phd in Oenology. Qualified taster. Founder and Co-owner of Barker and Quin Tonic Water. User of natural ingredients and spring water.

Tatiana Marcetteau

Internationally qualified sommelier and experienced wine and spirit judge. F&B Manager at The Cape Grace Hotel. Previously head sommelier at Delaire Graff, Taj Hotel and Cellars Hohenort.

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How to Enter

Download the entry form below or complete the form on the right.

The cost of entry is R750 per label.

Entries open: 29 April 2019

Entries close: 12 June 2019

Sample bottles (2) to be delivered: 18 & 19 June 2019 (address confirmed on confirmation of entry)

Results: Mid July 2019

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