The thinking is relatively simple. If you have two wines with the same quality rating – say 3 stars – within a category, one costing R40 and the other costing R80, the quality is the same. So what’s the better value purchase? Obviously the R40 wine because you are getting more bang for your buck.
The Wine Tracker system that has been used was developed by Dr David Priilaid of the University of Cape Town. This system allows wines at the top end of the price scale a fairer chance, and to ensure that the wines entered into the competition compete against all wines produced in their category (not only those entered).

Best Value ratings


The highest possible Value score. These wines are our Best Value award winners and judged to be the best value for money of all wines entered. View all V20 wines ›


The second highest Value score. These are also award winning wines, and represent exceptional value for money. View all V19 and V20 wines ›

V18 (and below)

Wines with a Value score of 18 or less do not win a Best Value award, but may still be excellent wines. Only wines rated above 2-and-a-half stars were included in the competition.

Quality ratings

The judges use a standard 20-point scoring system: 5 stars awarded for a score of 18 or more, 4-and-a-half stars for 17, 4 stars for a score of 16, 3-and-a-half stars for 15.5 points, 3 stars for 15 out of 20 and 2-and-a-half for 14.5 points. Wines rated lower than 2-and-a-half stars are not eligible for inclusion in the Best Value Wine Guide, with the judges endeavouring to help consumers steer clear of plain ordinary wines in addition to those that are faulty or possibly even unpleasant.

Star ratings

5 Stars

Superlative wine, top class, a masterpiece

4 Stars

Excellent, wine of distinction (4-and-a-half stars is on the cusp of 5 stars)

3 Stars

Good (3 stars) to very good (3-and-a-half stars). Fine character and style

2 Stars

Average, appealing

1 Stars

Acceptable, ordinary

Half Star

Half a star, as in 2-and-a-half stars, 3-and-a-half stars, 4-and-a-half stars


View the 2014 results ›