Groot Constantia 2019 Sauvignon Blanc voted the best in the world

Groot Constantia

South Africa’s Groot Constantia wine estate has been named among the best white wine producers in the world by the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC).

The estate’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc won the International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy in November and by winning the coveted award, Groot Constantia also managed to beat two undefeated Sauvignon Blanc award holders in France and New Zealand – who both haven’t lost this section at the IWC in over a decade.

Another South African wine was also listed among the IWC’s “30 Best Wines in the World” at this year with Boschendal’s Elgin Chardonnay 2018 making the Top 30 and also winning the South African White Trophy.

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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) celebrated its 38th year this year and is regarded by many as one of the more prestigious wine competitions in the world.

Although judges only sample wine from estates “who cared to enter”, it costs a significant amount to enter the competition. Entree fees start at roughly R2,700 but including entry into the “Discovery Tasting” section, and international shipping with preferred partners, estates pay close to R5,000 to enter just a single bottle of wine.

However, winning definitely has its perks – the IWC says awards such as these are known to open new doors for international distribution and can also drive sales and visits to estates.

Groot Constantia’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is already sold out at the estate and in local retailers.

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