The election of Charles Hopkins as chairperson of the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) heralds a new era for the country’s two biggest and most influential wine competitions, the SA Young Wine Show and Veritas Awards. Hopkins takes over from Duimpie Bayly who stepped down after eight years.
‘I really appreciate the confidence that my peers in the wine industry have expressed by electing me to this position,’ says Hopkins. ‘This appointment will allow me to contribute significantly in an industry that I’m passionate about. I would like to see the profile of Veritas and the SA Young Wine Awards enhanced and the valuable input from all role-players responded to.’
Hopkins, who has been cellar master at De Grendel in Durbanville since 2005, is regarded one of the country’s most experienced Sauvignon Blanc judges and regularly partakes in competitions such as the SA Young Wine Show, Top 10 Pinotage and the International Wine and Spirit Competition. He also acts as mentor for winemaking students from Elsenburg and the University of Stellenbosch and is involved in various technical wine and viticulture discussion groups.