The Michelangelo International Wine Awards was created in 1997 by Lorraine Immelaman, a wine lover and marketing/public relations consultant who identified a need for an international competition with judges from abroad and only one local judge.
The aim was to identify wines that would do well internationally. During the first 15 years a total of 150 judges from 36 countries served on the panels
The judging panel for 2012 consisted of the following judges ; Anna Aga of Greece, Bojan Kobal of Slovenia, Chris Alblas of The Netherlands, Christine Rudman of South Africa, Doug Frost of USA, Edwin Soon of Singapore, Emiliano Falsini of Italy, Gesus Bernard of Spain, Helena Baker of Czech Republic, Jean Smullen of Ierland, Jean-Christophe Bourgeois of France, Lars Torstenson of France, Mischa Billing of Sweden, Quentin Sadler of the UK and Sue van Wyk of Australia.
Fort Simon was awarded a gold medal for the Fort Simon Shiraz 2008 and also a gold medal for the Fort Simon Viognier Noble Late Harvest 2010 dessert wine.
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