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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

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

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Erica Taylor 

(General Manager)

• ASI Certification 1

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


Unathi Koti

• BTech in Financial Information Systems

• Business of Wine Certificate, UCT GSB


Jean-Vincent Ridon

• ASI Sommelier Diploma
• SASA Certified Sommeliers
• CMS Certified Sommeliers
• Best Sommelier of SA 2023.
• ASI Exam & Education board member

• Founder of Sommelier Academy and Signal Hill winery


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


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

  • 27 May 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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