South African




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, though 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


 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

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.

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