Blaauwklippen Blending Competition

try your hand at being a winemaker

  • Welcome Note

    Since its establishment in 1984, the Blaauwklippen Blending Competition has consistently gone from strength to strength for over 30 years, attracting the very best amateur blenders from across the country and the world. It remains the only wine competition in South Africa aimed at consumers and not producers. Fancy yourself a blending connoisseur? Well, be sure to enter!

    The Blaauwklippen Blending Battle is on!

    Are you an aspiring wine blending champion? The time has come for wine club/societies to battle it out in the annual Blaauwklippen Blending Competition.

    The winning blend will once again be sold under the Barouche label in a Magnum (1.5 litre) bottle in this year’s 35th popular blending competition where all the blends of the individual wine clubs/societies will compete against each other. The top four scores of all entries will determine the semi-finalists. The four semi-finalists will then be invited to Blaauwklippen where the winner will be announced at an award ceremony attended by selected guests and media.

    This year, the challenge is to blend and create a playful but chic blend to enjoy anytime with friends & family but with enough backbone to be savoured at a special occasion. Blenders will receive 4 base wines and all 4 must be used in the final blend

    No more than 50% of each component and a minimum of 5% of each component needs to be used

    The base wines are:

    • Malbec 2017
    • Merlot 2017
    • Shiraz 2017
    • Petit Verdot 2017

    When you enter, you will receive a hamper containing a 750ml bottle of each of these four wines, along with a plastic measuring cylinder. Cost per club for an entry is R300 which includes a hamper, but excludes transport. Should an extra hamper be necessary an additional R250 is added to the cost
    Important Dates

    • Registration/online entries open: 03 April 2018
    • Registration & registration fee is due by 02 May 2018
    • Hampers sent to you / ready for collection in the week of 14 May 2018
    • Recipes to reach Blaauwklippen by latest 30 June 2018
    • Judging of recipe entries 18 July 2018
    • Award ceremony announcing the winner at Blaauwklippen 05 October 2018

  • Blaauwklippen Blending Competition Recipe Entries!

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    Please ensure all information entered is identical to information used on Registration form.

    All four base wines must be used in the final blend. No more than 50 % of each component and a minimum of 5% of each component needs to be used for the total blend.

    Our composition for the 2018 Blaauwklippen Barouche blend is as follows:

    • WINE NUMBER 1 = Malbec 2017%
    • WINE NUMBER 2 = Merlot 2017%
    • WINE NUMBER 3 = Shiraz 2017%
    • WINE NUMBER 4 = Petit Verdot 2017%
    Total for Blend (Maximum 100%)


    We chose the above percentages of the various wines for our blend because...