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The Cap Classique Academy, in collaboration with Nathalie Schranz of Lalilu, is excited to announce the launch of the Cap Classique First Star Course in German.
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This extension of the popular first level Cap Classique course extends the joy of South Africa’s finest bottle-fermented bubbly to an even broader German-speaking audience. Nathalie is a German national and Cape Sommelier who has called the Cape her home for the past 15 years. She is a wine tour guide who loves teaching and sharing the pleasure of South African wines with tourists and the German community in the Cape as well as overseas.

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Let’s raise a glass to the latest Cape Wine Academy Diploma Wine Course graduates
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The Cape Wine Academy introduces the 14 students who have successfully completed the challenging third-level Diploma Wine Course. “This is a significant achievement that requires asserted theory study hours as well as diverse wine tasting practice to gain an in-depth appreciation of global wines in the context of South Africa,” says Cape Wine Academy principal, Heidi Duminy. “We are very proud of this diverse group of graduates who are poised to use this valuable education to contribute to many spheres inside and outside the wine industry as well as the people within their circle of influence.”
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Congratulations to our Principal, Heidi Duminy on being recognised as Cape Wine Master of the Year 2023.
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Heidi received the Dave Hughes Trophy for her contribution to uplifting wine education in South Africa and for her leadership in advancing the Cape Wine Academy as a non-profit company with fresh energy that has revitalised the image of the CWA and Institute of Cape Wine Masters with the establishment of a home in central Stellenbosch at Oude Postkantoor complete with a barrel stave gallery in honour of all Cape Wine Masters.
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Everyone is welcome at Cape Wine Academy’s new home in Stellenbosch
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The Cape Wine Academy has been welcoming students to learn about wine for more than 43 years, and now South Africa’s most recognised wine school celebrates a new era of education and training at its new centre of learning, networking and experiencing wine in the heart of Stellenbosch.

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Hermanus FynArts Festival kicks off in June 2022
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The ten-year tradition of fine wine at the centre of the seaside resort’s culture fest will have a challenging focus at this year’s Hermanus FynArts: audience participation as part of the exploration of some of the country’s best wines. Add a few high profile vinous personalities as presenters and there will be a run on the limited number of seats.

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CWA Congratulates Fifteen Diploma Wine Course Graduates
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We celebrate the graduation of fifteen students who successfully completed the challenging third level Diploma Wine Course. This is the biggest group of graduates in recent years with an impressive mix of wine industry professionals and serious wine enthusiasts amongst the candidates.

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Cap Classique Launch
Reach for the stars at the Cap Classique Academy
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On the eve of Cap Classique day in this celebratory 50th Anniversary year, the Cap Classique Producers Association is delighted to share the birth of the Cap Classique Academy in collaboration with the Cape Wine Academy.

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Our helping hand in Level 4 liquor ban limbo
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We have been given these AMAZING opportunities as guests on WinslynTV, the Institute of Cape Wine Masters, Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk as well a shared feature by The Good Things Guy to spread the news of our industry support initiative for the beleaguered hospitality, tourism and wine industries. We are so grateful for the continued interest to learn about wine with this first level course. Our offer of access to our online South African Wine Course at no cost to anyone working in any wine-related service industry continues as long as we are left in limbo by level 4 restrictions.

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July Newsletter 2020

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.

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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.”

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Cheers Harry!

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.

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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:

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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

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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.

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Cape Wine Academy 40 Years Celebration

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.

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