“I enrolled in CWA in order to quench my thirst for understanding more about wine and the wine making process. The Certificate Course is truly amazing. The level of knowledge from the lecturers is outstanding and very inspirational. The people you meet will become your comrades in your wine journey and life long friends”
Mandy Lee Santana
Pilates & Yoga Instructor
“My advice to anyone who’s thinking of doing the South African Wine Course: GO FOR IT. It’s exciting, thrilling and exhilarating all at once. This is the first step of an amazing journey. Once you start, you can’t stop.”
“Before doing any Cape Wine Academy courses, I had an ignorant view about wine and thought that wine was only for a certain class of people. The Cape Wine Academy transformed me from an ignorant man to a wine expert. Initially, I enrolled just to understand the wine production. But once I started, I didn’t want to stop learning. I am now a Diploma graduate.”
Swimming Pool Supervisor
“I had the most amazing experience when I did this course. The lecturer was very knowledgeable and taught me many new things. I would encourage everyone to do the SAWC. There is so much to learn, even if you already have some knowledge on wine. Do it with a friend or family member who has an interest in wine because it makes it so much more enjoyable to do it with someone you know. I can’t wait to register for more courses and continue my wine education journey!”
Education Student at WITS
Meet Our New Principal, Cape Wine Master Heidi Duminy
Heidi is a long-serving lecturer and supporter of the CWA and we are delighted to welcome her as Principal.
“In these times of profound change, the challenge is only surpassed by the privilege of the opportunity to advance a new age of learning about wine without losing the essence of the Cape Wine Academy established over 40 years by heroes of our industry.”
We would like to thank Harry for his contribution to the Cape Wine Academy during his tenure as Principal. Harry was appointed as Head in September 2018, shortly after graduating as the 101st Cape Wine Master in South Africa. Under his leadership, the Cape Wine Academy celebrated its 40th birthday, our branding was modernised, the course content and study materials were revitalised and he presented the very first online class during lockdown heralding a new era of blended virtual and contact learning.
My wine story
When Jacques Lombard lost his eyesight to diabetes in 1996, he didn’t lose hope but decided to rise above his circumstances and pursue his ambitions anyway. Today he is a business owner, entrepreneur and investor and recent Cape Wine Academy Diploma Wine Course graduate and recently joined the Cape Wine Master program.
In 2019 the Cape Wine Academy turned 40 having been established in May 1979. It’s safe to say that we have become an integral part of the South African wine landscape. Estimates have it that over 200,000 people have passed through our courses during this time with many wine industry experts having completed some form of education, training or experiential learning with us.
For all the Covid-19 information you might need please refer here
We ask for your understanding whilst we suspend our contact courses pending the liberty of lockdown restrictions. We are happy to be up and running online with Diploma 1 and Diploma 3 lectures, as well as offering an online self-study module for the South African Wine Course. Online weekly and weekend Certificate in South African Wines courses will begin in June. We hope to resume contact classes in September, as well as hosting exciting tasting seminars for Diploma and Certificate courses.
Given the protracted uncertainty of this situation, our services are under constant review to make sure that we respond with responsibility and consideration in the very best interests to keep you and our people safe and protected.
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