The Cape Brandy category was well represented at the 2019 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The Brandy and the overall Top-Scoring Spirits trophies went to Cape Brandy Distillers Guild members.

Now, in its 24th year, the competition remains unique in South Africa, in that all judges are hand-picked experts, representing all seven continents. Since the start of the competition in 1997, more than 170 different judges from 46 countries (more recently including Russia, Romania and China) have served on the panel.

All entries are judged blind by panels of 5 or 6 judges, using the 100-point international recognised OIV judging system.


Top-Scoring Spirit Grand Prix: Bayede! XO Royal Cape Brandy

Brandy Trophy: Oude Molen VS Cape Brandy

Double Gold

Oude Molen XO Cape Brandy


Joseph Barry XO Cape Brandy

Joseph Barry VS Cape Brandy

Ladismith 8-Year-Old Cape Brandy

Oude Molen VSOP Cape Brandy

Zula XO Cape Brandy