Backsberg is gearing up for the seventh annual Vino Varsity Challenge. It is three weeks to go before South Africa’s most notable university wine societies compete for the title of Vino Varsity Champion.

Three teams face three prominent judges from the wine industry in a competition that tests their general wine knowledge, wine tasting palate and debating skills related to an industry-related topic. We look forward to hearing the teams’ presentations on how to grow specified international markets on a minimal budget.

The wine societies of Maties, Tuks and Ikeys will battle it out in 2015 and all these teams have taken part in the challenge in previous years, with Maties winning the most titles and Ikeys winning the trophy in 2014.

This year we welcome our judges, namely David Clarke, Australian Sommelier and owner of the wine agency Ex Animo; Ross Sleet, Sales Director at Cape Legends; and Zaan Eksteen, Sales and Marketing for, a boutique SA wine importer.

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 in the country. Teams bring along many faithful supporters to cheer, sing and encourage their players.

The Vino Varsity Challenge takes place at Backsberg Estate Cellars on the 14th of August 2015 at 15:00h. For more information call 021 875 5141 or visit
Contact if you would like to attend this fun event.