Cape Wine Master is the highest
formal qualification in the South African
Wine Industry. CWMs belong to the
of Cape Wine Masters (ICWM).
The Cape Wine Master qualification is
a self-study course, and there are no
formal lectures or tastings. Most candidates
form or join study support groups. Candidates
are provided with a mentor who will provide
guidance and support.
Students must succesfully complete the
following prgramme elements to achieve
the Cape Wine Master qualification:
» Four tasting exams of
international and South African wines
— Natural wines, sparkling wines,
desert and fortified wines, and brandy
» Four theory exams
— Viiticulture, viniculture, distilled
and other products, and general knowledge
» A thesis on a topic that has been
approved by the examining committee
» Present a formal tasting to an
Once you have successfully completed the
Wine Course at the Cape Wine Academy,
with an average pass mark of 65%, you
can apply to study toward the qualification
of Wine Master.
Passion for wine is an imperative for
the journey toward becoming a Cape Wine
Master. There is no requirement that candidates
should be involved directly in the wine
industry or wine education.
It is likely that people who are this
committed to the enjoyment and knowledge
of wine will be involved in lecturing
at the Cape Wine Academy or hosting wine
tastings in their community.
Candidates have a total of 5 years from
the date of registration to complete the
various components of the qualification.
However, a (small) number of our members
have completed the course in less than
If you complete the 4-module Diploma
Wine Course in June, you could register
to write CWM exams in October of the same