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.
Heidi is a Cape Wine Master and has been lecturing for the Cape Wine Academy for almost twenty years. She joins us as Principal from 1 July 2020. She has extensive marketing and communications experience in the wine industry most recently as Marketing Manager for Meridian Wine Merchants. Those who know Heidi know her for her particular passion and expertise in Cap Classique and Champagne. Where there are bubbles, you will find her sparkling!
Heidi Duminy can be contacted at email@example.com.
Paul 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.
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 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.