“The Franschhoek Literary Festival, which runs from 15 – 17 May 2009, has announced the first winner of its South African Wine Writer’s Award.

Joanne GibsonJoanne Gibson was unanimously declared the wine writer of the year by the three judges for her feature article which appeared in WINE magazine (SA, April 2008) on the famous/infamous GS Cabernet 1966, a wine as highly acclaimed as it turned out to be controversial.

Joanne is the deputy editor of WINE magazine, having done freelance writing for a number of publications such as Good Taste, Winelands Living, the annual Platter’s guide and for several UK publications including Harpers, Drinks Bulletin, Decanter, Wine & Spirit, Square Meal, Off Licence News and her own column in Horizons inflight magazine. She also has her Diploma in wine and spirits through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

Joanne recounted her thoughts: “Lost records, uncertain origins, a beloved father’s reputation possibly at stake … suffice to say I had to tread lightly while telling this fascinating story.”

The event attracted entries from a wide spectrum of South African wine writers and provided an excellent start to this substantial new award which is to become an annual fixture.

The award will be presented on 16 May at a private function at the Solms-Delta Wine estate. The award “certificate” is an individually crafted artwork by the highly regarded artist Pippa Skotnes. The award also entails a cash prize of R25 000.

“We were encouraged by the extremely high standard of the entries received”, said Festival director Christopher Hope.

The winning entry will be published on the FLF’s homepage – visit www.flf.co.za

This post comes from the Franschhoek Literary Festival website.