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.”
Yanira works in the Human Resources Department of an Insurance Company in Colombia. “The reason for coming to South Africa was to study English. I chose this country for two main reasons, the first for its cultural and ethnic diversity, which makes it very special, and the second is for the wine regions.”
Yanira is excited to continue her wine story in South Africa with the help of the Cape Wine Academy.
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.