CALLING ALL INNOVATIVE SHIRAZ PRODUCERS: THE THIRD BELLINGHAM BERNARD PODLASHUK TROPHY AND PRIZE ARE NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

If sustainable innovation makes your cellar’s heart beat faster, you could win the coveted Bellingham Bernard Podlashuk trophy and prize as a Shiraz producer this year. The trophy is sponsored by Bellingham Wines and includes an R30 000 cash prize.

Shiraz SA introduced the Bellingham Bernard Podlashuk trophy and prize, named after the Father of South African Shiraz, in 2022 as part of their annual Shiraz SA Challenge. Saronsberg was the first recipient for the best overall performance by a producer over the first ten years of the Shiraz Challenge.

In 2023, the committee, in collaboration with Andrew Harris of Bellingham, established the award’s future criteria as “sustainability, excellence, innovation, creativity, and social responsibility”. Creation Wines was awarded as the second winner in 2023.

CRITERIA AND ENTRIES

All Shiraz producers are encouraged to enter the 2024 round of the Bellingham Bernard Podlashuk Award. The 2024 questionnaire has been modified to streamline the entry process and make it accessible to more producers.

According to Shiraz SA Chairman Edmund Terblanche, the Bellingham Shiraz trophy and prize are more than just a competition. “It is a measure that endorses Shiraz producers’ continued performance capability,” says Terblanche. “Our evaluation is based on  research on sustainably oriented innovation, which focuses on how products, processes, and practices can be harnessed to create and realise social, environmental, and economic value.”

Producers can complete the entry form and questionnaire online at www.ShirazSA.co.za. The deadline for entries is Friday 12 July 2024. A panel will interview three finalists. The winner will be announced on Thursday 15 August 2024 at the Shiraz SA Challenge awards function.

2024 SHIRAZ SA CHALLENGE

Entries for the 2024 Shiraz SA Challenge have already opened, and the deadline is Friday 21 June 2024. Late entries close Friday 5 July 2024. As in the past, twelve Shiraz wines, three Shiraz blends, and one Shiraz rosé wine will be selected as winners.

For more information and to enter, visit www.ShirazSA.co.za. Follow Shiraz SA on Twitter @Shiraz SA, Facebook @ShirazSouthAfrica, and Instagram @shirazsouthafrica and chat along with #ShirazSAAwards.