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Groot Constantia is the home of exceptional wines, including the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Image: Adobe Stock

World’s best Sauvignon Blanc named – and it’s from South Africa!

Cape Town’s Groot Constantia has produced an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc that has just been voted the best in the world.

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Groot Constantia is the home of exceptional wines, including the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Image: Adobe Stock

The iconic estate’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc won the coveted International Sauvignon Blanc trophy at the prestigious 2020 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in November.

Groot Constantia managed to beat two Sauvignon Blanc award holders in France and New Zealand who have remained undefeated in this category for the past decade. Groot Constantia’s Sauvignon Blanc also won Constantia trophy. 

Another historic South African wine estate, Boschendal, also excelled with its Elgin Chardonnay 2018 making the list of the IWC’s “30 Best Wines in the World.” Boschendal’s Elgin Chardonnay 2018 also won the South African Sauvignon Blanc trophy. 

“We are very excited about the IWC trophies for our Sauvignon Blanc,” Boela Gerber, winemaker for Groot Constantia and official Cape Wine Master, said.

“The Constantia Valley has always produced beautiful sauvignons and we put a lot of effort into these vineyards. It is a great award for all our efforts.”

International awards nothing new for Groot Constantia

This is not the first time Groot Constantia’s Sauvignon Blanc has won these prominent awards at the IWC. The estate’s Sauvignon Blanc walked away with the South African White trophy, the Constantia trophy, and the South African Sauvignon Blanc trophy at the awards in 2013, beating more than 800 other entrants from across the globe. 

“History tends to repeat itself,” Groot Constantia CEO Jean Naudé said.

“Over the 335 years that this farm has produced wines it has continued to garner respect throughout the world and bring home top accolades. The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is part of that legacy.”

The World’s Most Prestigious Competition

The International Wine Challenge is considered one of the more prestigious wine competitions in the world. Now is in its 38th year, it sees estates from all over the world enter their best wines, paying up to R5,000 to enter just a single bottle. 

To qualify for an international trophy at the challenge, the entrants must all have already achieved a gold medal at the IWC Challenge.

Winning awards at the competition or being listed amongst the top wines in the world opens new doors for international distribution, and drives sales and visits to estates.

The competition is based on blind tastings of the wines by a panel of 10 judges, some of whom are the world’s leading wine experts. Each medal-winning wine is tasted on at least three separate occasions and judged according to their region, faithfulness to style and vintage.  

Bringing hope to the South African Wine Industry

The IWC awards are a proud accolade for South Africa’s oldest wine farm, which was established in 1685, and has been producing top-quality wines ever since. 

“This kind of achievement is not something that happened by luck,” Naudé said.

“It comes after hard work over many years in the vineyards and cellar by various teams of people all making their contribution.

“We are extremely grateful for this as it comes at a difficult time for the South African wine industry and we hope that this will bring more international focus to the general high quality of South African wine.”