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South African

Sommeliers

Association

 

To promote a culture of food and beverage service excellence in South Africa.

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"Our aim is to empower the professionals that dedicate themselves to the service of food and beverage, through certifications and competitions".

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About Us

The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) has established itself as an integral part of the food and wine industry in South Africa. The movement was started in 2010 when a group of the same minded individuals got together in the hope of forming an association to help uplift and promote the service of wine in South Africa. SASA is a non-profit organization and aims to offer its services to service industry professionals in South Africa. The association offers internationally recognised Sommelier qualifications to all its members and organises the best sommelier and best young sommelier competitions in alternating years. SASA is a proud member of the ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) , the globally recognised Sommelier body, through the ASI SASA liaises with associations from other countries and will therefore act as an official representative of its professional membership within South Africa.

Meet The Team

About
The Team
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 Spencer Fondaumiere (Chairperson)
ASI diploma Sommelier
• WSET Level 3
• CWA Certification
• Michael Fridjohn wine judging Academy

Founder Somm on call and Wineyard East Africa

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Erica Taylor 

(General Manager)

• ASI Certification 1

• SASA Junior Sommelier
• WSET Level 3 (Merit)
• Certified Specialist of Wine
 (CSW)
• Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy Graduate
• Founder of Uncorkified

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Unathi Koti

(Treasurer)
• BTech in Financial Information Systems

• Business of Wine Certificate, UCT GSB

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Shane Mumba 


• SASA Junior Sommelier
• WSET Level 2
• Cape Wine Academy Certificate
• Marketing Management N6.
• Brand Ambassador for the SA Brandy Foundation

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Tawanda Marume 


• ASI Sommelier Level 1
Cape Wine Academy Diploma
South African Adavanced Garagiste Winemaking Course
Van Ryn’s Advanced Brandy Course
Best Sommelier of Zimbabwe 2020

• Founder of Expression Wines Africa

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Roxan Waldeck

 

• SASA Sommelier

• WSET Level 3

• Founder of the Apeirogon Youth Development Academy

What is a Sommelier?

A  sommelier  is  a  professional  from  the  vitivinicultural  and  catering  sectors  (restaurants,  wine  bars) wineries  or  other  distribution  channel  that recommend  and  serve  beverages  at  a  professional level. Their  field  of  activity  is  the  service  of  wine  in  the  catering  industry  or  in  establishments  selling  wine, as  well  as  the  provision  of  specialised  advice  for  those  involved  in  the  wine  market,  by  ensuring appropriates presentation  and  service  of products.   The  sommelier  has  completed  a  training  course  that  leads  to  a  university  qualification  or  other certification  and  is  consistent  with  the definition, role  and  skills covered in  this resolution.

Upcoming Events

  • 04 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Cape Town, 103 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    The ASI Sommelier Diploma is reserved for members of the sommelier community who achieve “a high standard of service together with a deep knowledge of world food and wine; of the management of the beverage sector and of the culture of the vine and wine”, transforming their work into art.
  • 20 Mar 2024, 18:00 – 22:00
    Cape Town, The Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
  • 25 Mar 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Cape Town, 103 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    Aimed at any service professional looking to learn the basic skills of professional beverage service. Will require a basic knowledge of wine, South African wine regions and wine service.
  • 03 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Cape Town, 103 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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