Our passion keeps South African wine alive by teaching, inspiring and growing an inclusive wine culture for all.
The Cape Wine Academy has seen more than 200,000 students through its doors since its inception in 1979. Most of South Africa’s wine industry experts have completed some form of education, training or experiences with us over more than 40 years of wine education.
Our courses are unique in that we focus on the nuances of the Cape wine landscape whilst keeping the context of global wine regions. We do this by tapping into the vast knowledge and wisdom of affiliated and actively involved wine professionals and specialists whose expertise is incorporated into the training materials and assessments that are regularly reviewed and updated to remain relevant.
The Cape Wine Academy also collaborates with several partners, either directly or strategically, to ensure that wine education in South Africa takes into consideration the needs and interests of the wide spectrum of its industry players and wine enthusiasts in both professional and social interest capacities.
Harry has been our Principal since September 2018 shortly after he graduated as the 101st Cape Wine Master in South Africa. Wine is an integral part of his life both personally and professionally. It’s his firm ambition to share the knowledge, love and joy he derives from wine with those who are curious whilst advancing wine knowledge at all levels in the wine retail, hospitality and tourism sectors for the benefit of all. As a dedicated wine fanatic, his favourite style changes as often as the tides, with his current fascination being cooler climate Syrah. In his free time you’ll find Harry with Tracy, his wife, and little daughter Sienna enjoying all that outdoor adventures that the Cape has to offer. He’s part owner of a chain of restaurants in London and a keen foodie who has been involved in a number of ‘pop urban foraged feasts’. Harry loves authentic storytelling and slowing things down so that interactions with family and friends and fellow wine lovers are meaningful and enriching.
Harry Melck can be contacted at email@example.com.
Paul is our Sales and Marketing Manager who joined us after working in Sales for Meridian Wine Merchants. Wine is the third love of his life. Paul loves that every bottle has its own journey from the vineyard to bottle right through to the moment you encounter it in the glass, and the most memorable ones linger long after the last drop. Paul has his Certificate in Cape Wine and his ambition is to keep advancing his wine journey to make a difference by sharing his passion and sharing the educational opportunities that the Cape Wine Academy has to offer. He is an avid wine lover and his favourites are Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cap Classique – in that order. Paul is the proud father of a beautiful daughter and the spouse of his better half. He enjoys nature and being active, and he is happiest when he gets to combine time with his family and friends – with a glass of Chardonnay.
Paul Drinkrow-Grobler can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anita joined the team in 2015 and has completed the South African Wine Course, Certificate in Cape Wines, Diploma1 and Wines of the World courses as well as the Wine & Food and Wine & Cheese workshops. Anita has ambitions to complete the Cape Wine Master Programme in time. She loves sparkling wines and her favourites are Cap Classique and Champagne. Anita has a heart for people who are less fortunate and is involved in a small feeding programme.
Anita Thomas can be contacted at email@example.com.
Shene has been our Finance Officer for just over a year. She loves the rich history and social aspect of wine and has completed the South African Wine Course, Certificate and Wines of the World courses so far. Shene is Mom to a lively three-year-old who is as bubbly as her favourite style of wine – Cap Classique, of course! In her free time she is discovering the art of being a nail technician.
Shene Pekeur can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivan has been a course and event coordinator for the Cape Wine Academy in Gauteng for almost 2 years. He has completed the South African Wine Course and will soon attend the Certificate in Cape Wine Course. He prefers white wine best enjoyed at a sophisticated sit-down with good friends. Ivan has ambitions to further his journey in wine and in the industry for his personal and professional growth.
Ivan Anderson can be contacted at email@example.com.
Carl, our Events Coordinator, has been part of our team for the last 20 years. He makes sure that everything runs smoothly in the Cape. Carl is very familiar with the courses, since he has completed the South African Wine Course, Certificate Course and Wines of the World. His dream is to become a tour guide and visit all the wine farms he hasn’t been to. Carl believes that excellence is key and thus he always gives a 100%. His favourite wine is a Chenin Blanc.
Carl Cyster can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dianri, our Content Co-Ordinator, is the newest member of our team. Dianri has a passion for wine and completed the WSET Level 2 in 2019 before joining us. She is currently busy with her Certificate in Cape Wine and aims to complete the CWA Diploma in Wine. Her dream is to become a Cape Wine Master. Dianri’s motto is ‘The more you taste, the more you learn’. She’s eager to learn and uses every opportunity to improve her wine knowledge. She has a passion for South African wines, especially Pinotage and finds Cape Blends fascinating! If you don’t see Dianri at a wine festival or enjoying sushi, she’s probably studying. She is a few modules away from her BCom Human Resources degree at the University of Pretoria.
Dianri Wessels can be contacted at email@example.com.