Tri Nations Wine Challenge

The Tri Nations Wine Challenges

The Tri Nations Wine Challenges were originally set up following a late evening of (wine) discussion at The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town in 2014, with the inaugural event being hosted by the hotel on 9th January 2015, such was the success and popularity of the first event that we soon realised that we would need to elevate the Challenge and not only make it an annual event in Cape Town but take it on the road. Each challenge involves two nations, with a six course Michelin Star meal matched with 6 wines from each nation, served blind, with up to 80 guests at each venue voting for their favourite wine. Roger devises the menu using local ingredients and local chefs.

In recent years Guest Wine Nations have come on board including California in October 2017, and this year we are delighted to welcome Chile into the fold. We have also had a Rest of The World Team compete with representatives from Greek, Alsace, Germany, and Napa Valley included in the line up.

Last year Roger took the Challenges on the road and hosted the event at four venues including The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, Craggy Range in New Zealand, The Vineyard at Stockcross and The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

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Wines of Chile join The Tri Nations with this picture and caption will Chile get their name on The Trophy

Chile challenge New Zealand on Friday 13th July at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn 

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“Roger’s fantastic challenges have helped to raise awareness of premium South African wines. We have been delighted to see South Africa do so well against tough competition, helping to cement our image as one of the world’s most exciting wine producing nations. The exquisite food that Roger and his team have prepared, both in South Africa and at our tastings in London, perfectly demonstrates the versatility of our wines.” Siobhan Thompson, CEO, Wines of South Africa

“We are again proud to be part of Roger’s Tri Nations fixture. It is a great opportunity to put us up against some of the great wines of the world. Our aspiration is to be a world-class winery and the only way to continue to evolve is to put yourself out there. It gives us an opportunity to benchmark, learn and also to take confidence in what we are doing. By hosting a fixture at the winery in Hawkes Bay, it also gives the local Hawkes Bay community an opportunity to gain some insight into the great wines coming out of South Africa…an opportunity that is

rarely seen in rural New Zealand” Aaron Drummond, Craggy Range (Hosts of NZ V SA, Feb 2017)

“New Zealand Winegrowers are excited to be involved with the Tri Nations Wine Challenge and to showcase the premium quality and diversity that New Zealand wine delivers. We look forward to Roger’s outstanding culinary and matching skills to demonstrate New Zealand wines versatility and food friendly styles. New Zealand are a proud and competitive nation and we look forward to doing battle with our fellow Tri Nations!” Chris Yorke, global marketing director New Zealand Wine

“It’s a pleasure to complement our premium wines with Roger’s Michelin-starred delicacies and to celebrate the diversity of Australian wine against other world-class producers. For us it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the versatility of Australian wine.’ Hannah Silverman, communications manager, Wine Australia

"The Wine Chef bar none. Roger Jones has turned his passion for wine into a headline act, brining great cooking and a deep knowledge of wines of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere to the table doing much for the profile of New World wine and food compatibility" HARPERS' HOT 100 Awards; celebrating the most influential people in the Wine On-Trade

The Challenges

The Tri Nations Wine Challenges were originally set up following a late evening of (wine) discussion at The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town in 2014, with the inaugural event being hosted by the hotel on 9th January 2015, such was the success and popularity of the first event that we soon realised that we would need to elevate the Challenge and not only make it an annual event in Cape Town but take it on the road. Each challenge involves two nations, with a six course Michelin Star meal matched with 6 wines from each nation, served blind, with up to 80 guests at each venue voting for their favourite wine. Roger devises the menu using local ingredients and local chefs.


South Africa v California October 11th hosted at The Vineyard at Stockcross

South Africa establish a convincing win in The Tri Nations Wine Challenges against guest wine nation; California. The long established Wine Challenges was delighted to be asked to host this Challenge at the exclusive Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire, the U.K. home of Californian wine.

The 5:1result in favour of South Africa was exactly the same as 3 years ago when the Wine Challenges started with Australia being over confident with their team also losing to South Africa. In a small triumph for California, two of the SA Wines had a Californian influence; the prestigious Capensis Chardonnay, a partnership between Barbara Banke & Antony Beck, made by winemaker Graham Weerts, and Lismore Syrah made and owned by Californian wild child; Samantha O’Keefe who has been blazing a trail with her award wining wines made in the foothills of a dramatic mountain range in Greyton at the foot of Africa.

The South African Wine Challenge Team

Globe Trotting Michelin Star Chef Roger Jones