Rules of the event – Intercontinental Spirit Challenge Africa

  1. Submission of samples and/or payment of entry fees constitutes acceptance of all the rules.
  2. Tank samples will not be accepted as entries into the event.
  3. All non-flavoured wine from origin South Africa must be accompanied by a SAWIS (South African Wine Industry Information & Systems – application number and the stickers awarded may only be applied to the wine attached to the application number. If a certain wine has more than one application number, the wines must be entered separately.
  4. Each non-flavoured wine from origin South Africa must have a current WSR2 or WSR4 certificate showing that the wine was approved on the strength of taste and analysis by SAWIS, or the Department of Agriculture Wine-on-Line screen capture printout to show the wine has a current tasting date. This certificate must be current (i.e., the wine must have been tasted and approved by the board no later than one year before in the case of white wine and 18 months in the case of red wine). A sample will not be accepted without this certificate. No refunds will be paid if the WSR2 or WSR4 certificate is not current.
  5. Each category will be determined by the product information on the label.
  6. There is no minimum stock quantity needed to enter a product.
  7. There is no limit to the number of entries per producer. However, each wine, flavoured wine, or spirit may only be entered once into the event (even if it is under a different label). Any participant may enter more than one wine, flavoured wine, or spirit in a class. Examples are wineries that produce several wines of the same varietal type, but with different vineyard designations or vintages.
  8. A wine that has not been certified as a cultivar wine, although it may be one, may be entered into a blended category.
  9. A product that received an award in a previous year’s event may be entered again.
  10. Entries and registration will be accepted from the entry date stated on the website up to midnight on the close of entries. Proof of payment must be emailed to or before midnight on the closing date for entries to be accepted.
  11. Invoices for entries will be sent to the participant and must be paid before the final close of entries.
  12. A wine sample must comprise of three 750ml bottles or the volumetric equivalent thereof, and a spirit sample of two 750ml bottles, or the volumetric equivalent thereof.
  13. The samples must be delivered to the drop-off point between 09:00 and 16:00 on the two days allocated to be accepted into the event.
  14. Winners will be notified by email, and stickers will be available for collection about two weeks later. Proof of payment of both the entries and stickers is needed before award stickers can be collected.
  15. Quantities of award stickers ordered that are not multiples of 1000 will be rounded up and invoiced as such.
  16. By entering the event, the entrant commits to paying for the number of stickers indicated before the required deadline for the products that receive awards.
  17. The producer may only use the stickers awarded on the particular product that was entered and won the award. Stickers may not be put onto another batch of products like the one entered that did not win an award in this year’s event. Participants must always market their winning products in conjunction with the year the product won the award.
  18. The event logo or stickers may not be displayed on their own for purposes of marketing but must be accompanied by the details of the particular product that won or may be photographed on the product that won the award.
  19. Any samples remaining after the judging becomes the property of the event.
  20. The judging process will be entirely confidential, and no details will be released concerning the judging process and reasoning. No feedback of any nature will be given.
  21. The decision of the judges is final, and no changes will be made to awards after the judging process is complete. In the event of a dispute, this event organiser’s decision will be final.
  22. No refund of entry fees will be made.
  23. By entering the event, the entrant states that the information provided is factually and legally correct.
  24. If a participant does not follow all the rules of the event or (in the case of wines entered with origin South Africa) legal requirements as required by SAWIS, the event organisers have the right to disqualify the particular entry concerned or the entire year’s entries or ban the producer from the event.
  25. The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd will not make available a list of all the producers that took part in the event or be obliged to reveal the scores assigned to any product or make available the details of products that were not awarded. It remains the prerogative of The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd to publish results of awarded products as they see fit.
  26. Entries will only be accepted in English.
  27. Entries must be completed in full, and entries that were not completed in full could be declared void.
  28. Employees of the event or their immediate family members are not allowed to enter the event.
  29. If an entrant does not comply with the rules of the event, their entries may be cancelled.
  30. The producer whose product is entered must be fully aware of the submission and must grant the person entering the event the right to enter the product and order stickers. If this is not found to be the case, the person entering the event will be liable for any financial commitment made.
  31. If for any reason possible the judging cannot take place, or entrants cannot be given results, half of the entrant’s entry fee will be refunded, and no other damages will be awarded to the event or any of the companies involved.
  32. For any claim to be made against The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd for defective stickers, the stickers must be returned to Postnet in Stellenbosch within 7 days after the date of delivery. The Awards Show (Pty) Ltd will within its discretion either replace or pass credit for defective stickers so proven, but shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, or any other loss, including a loss to third parties and legal expenses, arising out of errors in carrying out providing stickers, or by delay in delivery, or by unsuitability of goods for the use intended.
  33. The event organisers cannot be held liable for any damage incurred to stickers once the stickers have been accepted by the client or by a third-party transportation company.
  34. The event organisers may change the rules of the event without notice and publish them on the website without giving notice to entrants. If an entrant does not want to comply with the new rules of the event, they can cancel their entries up to the date that the entries close. After this time, entrants must comply with the rules of the event.
  35. Customs cost, import duty, and transport of entries will be for the entrant’s account. The organizers will not be responsible for any expenses related to the entry. The entrant’s responsibility is to ensure that their samples get delivered on time. The Intercontinental Challenge will not be responsible for losses due to entries being delayed for any reason.