Wine will always find a way to connect us
There is some truth that the best of opportunities present themselves in the worst of times. It is my great privilege to join the Cape Wine Academy albeit in these very distressing days for our wine industry.
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 South African Wine Course graduate, Yanira Cruz decided to leave Colombia and relocate to South Africa to study English, she never thought that a whole new world of wine would open up to her.In particular, Yanira has fallen head over heels for Pinotage:
“I remember the day I found your name engraved on paper, which caught my attention because your name evoked in me an elegant prince, adventurous, romantic, intense and in love, I felt trapped and wanted to know more about you.”
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.
The Impact of Coronavirus on wine
When I started writing this piece over a week ago about the main impacts of the Coronavirus (COVOID-19) on the wine industry I was trying to establish the severity and reach it would have. Since then it has become very apparent that the virus has already and will continue to have a significant impact on all industries including the wine industry. So, with a focus on the South African wine industry what do I believe the impacts are going to be?
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.