Gear up for Vino Varsity 2014

Vino Varsity

Gear up for Vino Varsity 2014

Vino Varsity

With two days to go, Backsberg is excited to host the sixth annual Vino Varsity 2014 Challenge. Three of the country’s finest universities are preparing to face three prominent judges from the wine industry to compete for the ultimate honour of being crowned Vino Varsity Champions! The wine societies of Maties, Tuks and Ikeys will battle it out against each other over three intensive rounds. These teams have taken part in the challenge in previous years, with Maties winning the title for the last four years. Stephan Steyn from Maties notes “We are looking forward to putting the team to the test once again. We are anticipating a great challenge from the other teams and we shall do our best to hang on to the title of Vino Varsity champs.” The first round consists of mind-bending general knowledge questions, the second round comprises a blind tasting test and in the third round teams are tasked with debating a current hot topic in wine. We cannot wait to hear their diverse views on what they feel the importance of Terroir is in South Africa from the perspective of the producer, the wine trade and the consumer.

Ryan Skirving from Ikeys says: “The end of this year will see some individuals from UCT Wine Society graduate and leave the university –  but not before many of the old, experienced hands compete in one final Vino Varsity Challenge! They will be aiming to go out with a bang and make up for a somewhat forgettable performance last year. We will be firing on all cylinders come the 15th to reclaim the title from Maties!

This year we welcome our judges, namely André Morgenthal, Head of Communications at Wines of South Africa; Neil Grant, founder and co-owner of Burata in Cape Town and the Chairman of the South African Sommeliers Association; and finally Ivan Oertle, specialty Wine Buyer for Woolworths SA

The Vino Varsity Challenge is an inter-varsity wine competition that aims to encourage wine appreciation on campus, develop passionate oenophiles and of course celebrate wine. This event is a fun and mostly amicable contest to reveal which is the most wine-savvy Wine Tasting Society. Teams bring along many faithful supporters to cheer, sing and encourage their players.

We all are wine enthusiasts, eager to expand our knowledge, interest and skills about wine. The ”

The Vino Varsity Challenge takes place at Backsberg Estate Cellars on the 15th of August 2014 at 15:00h. For more information call 021 875 5141 or visit www.backsberg.co.za. Contact alana@backsberg.co.za if you would like to attend this fun event.

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