Cape Sommelier™ Course

 
 
What is a Wine Sommelier? (pronounced Soh-mell-Yay)
Worldwide, a Wine Sommelier, pronounced (Soh-mell-Yay), is passionate about wine, a highly-trained and knowledgeable wine professional, specialising in all aspects of wine service. Wine Sommeliers play a key role in restaurants and can greatly enhance a restaurant's operation and reputation.
 
What is a Cape Sommelier™ qualification?
Implemented in South Africa through the Cape Wine Academy, the Cape Sommelier™ programme was introduced as a response to a huge demand and support from the hospitality industry for a suitable professional qualification, and to ensure that South Africa's service levels compete globally.
 
What does a Wine Sommelier do?
The core purpose of a Wine Sommelier is to ensure that patrons are able to find a wine within their budget that fits their tastes and complements their food. A sommelier works with the kitchen to find suitable wines to pair with each meal on the menu, maintaining the standard of fine dining through creative food and wine pairing.

Courses such as the Cape Sommelier™ provided by The Cape Wine Academy cater for wine enthusiasts, tertiary students, wine industry players, employees in the hospitality, retail and tourism industries and corporate clients; and are directed to empower individuals to be able to find work in various industries and perform their duties on a professional level.
 

Due to a huge demand and support from the hospitality industry for a suitable qualification and having researched many options among English speaking countries, the following programme has been implemented in South Africa.

Cape Sommelier™

There will be seven modules to this qualification.
Once modules 1 to 5 have been completed, the student registers for the Cape Sommelier™ qualification, receiving Module 6 assignments. Once these have been passed, the candidate proceeds to Module 7.

 

These will consist of:

    • Module one:    South African Wine Course (theory only) 16hrs learning.
    • Module two:    The Certificate Course, which includes both a written and a practical  wine tasting examination. 45 hrs learning.
    • Module three:  Wines of the World course (theory only) 28 hrs learning (or completion of the Diploma wine course would fulfil this requirement)
    • Module four:    Experience - Practical training in a fine dining establishment that serves wine and food, for a minimum of one year (references are required). This is not organised by the CWA.
    • Module five:    Wine and Food course.  4 hrs learning.
    • Module six:      Submission of three assignments (eg. drawing up a wine list) 9 hrs learning
    • Module seven: Practical presentation of wine and food session. 3 hours.

 

*This requires the candidate to organise a minimum of a three course meal, at the restaurant at which they are currently employed in either Johannesburg/Stellenbosch or Cape Town, presenting wine and food chosen to demonstrate the candidate’s ability to act as a Sommelier. This is for the candidate’s own account. Three qualified judges plus one Cape Wine Academy judge will be present.

 

Total number of learning hours: 105 hours, plus one year practical experience.
Successful candidates will receive both a certificate and an official badge CAPE  SOMMELIER

 

Costs:

Individual per module as per course attending, however, if Modules 1–5 have been completed, the price for Modules 6 and 7 is the sum of R3 950.

Who should do this course?
If you are passionate about wine and want to become a highly trained and knowledgeable wine professional, specialising in all aspects of wine service, the Cape Sommelier™ course is for you. Sommeliers play a key role in restaurants and can greatly enhance a restaurant's operation and reputation.

The Cape Sommelier™ course caters for wine enthusiasts, tertiary students, and wine industry players, employees in the hospitality, retail and tourism industries and corporate clients.

Successful candidates will receive both a certificate and an official badge CAPE SOMMELIER™

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Cost:

Individual per module as per course attending, however, if Modules 1 – 5 have been completed, the price for Modules 6 and 7 is the sum of R3 500.


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