South African Sommeliers



Dedicated to the discipline, art and love of Wine and Spirits.

Our aim is to ensure that South Africa has its own professional board who shares the joy and energy of wine and spirits.

"Dedicated to the discipline, art and

love of Wine & Spirits".

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

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

Founder Somm on call and Wineyard East Africa

Esmé Groenewald (Vice-Chair & General Secretary)
• SASA Level 2 Sommelier
• WSET Level 3 (currently completing Diploma)
• Owner of Somm & Co

Laurie Cooper (Treasurer)
 • SASA Level 2 Sommelier
• WSET Level 4 Diploma
• Stage 2 Master of Wine student
• Distinction graduate Michael Fridjhon
• Moet & Chandon best young sommelier 2019
• Winemaker & Sommelier at Abingdon Wine Estate

Shane Mumba (Events & Education)
• SASA Level 1 Junior Sommelier
• WSET Level 2
• Cape Wine Academy Certificate
• Marketing Management N6.
• Head Sommelier at The Wine Lab

Wayve Kolevsohn (Events & Education)
 • SASA Level 2 Sommelier
• WSET Level 3
• Certified Sommelier Court of Master Sommeliers Europe
• Bachelors degree in Management
• Head Sommelier at Ellerman House Hotel & Villas


SASA currently provides three levels of certification, namely:

  • Level 1 Junior Sommelier

  • Level 2 Sommelier

  • Level 3 Advanced Sommelier (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale Diploma)

Courses are run at regular intervals by our approved program providers (APP’s) with an annual schedule of exams invigilated by SASA that can be found on the facebook pages and websites of both SASA and our APP’s.

Upcoming Events

  • SASA Junior and Advanced Sommelier Exams in Cape Town and Johannesburg
    Location is TBD
    11 Oct, 10:00 – 12 Oct, 17:00
    Location is TBD
    EXAM COSTS Level 1 Junior Sommelier SASA Member: R1,000 Non-Member: R1,100 (includes SASA membership) Level 2 Sommelier SASA Member: R3,000 (must be a member)

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