In partnership with the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Cape Town, South Africa- (22nd September 2022) This year's Best Young Sommelier quarter-finals brought in the most participants in the history of SASA. Previous Best Sommelier of South Africa 2018 and SASA education committee head, Jo Wessels, has painstakingly graded all of the applications, and the following have made it to the semi-finals (A-Z):
Carla Lopes, FOH Floor Manager at Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic
George Young, Sommelier at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch
George Tawanda Chikanda, Sommelier at QBar Johannesburg
Lizo Mdali, Wine Ambassador at The Wine Arc in Stellenbosch
Sanelisiwe Lusanda Damawe, Sommelier at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch
Stefan Reinmuth, Head Sommelier at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch
Tapiwa Jamu, Junior Sommelier at Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel in Pretoria
Thembani Wesley Mpande, Assistant Sommelier at Marble Restaurant in Johannesburg
Zintle Mkize, Captain waitress and F&B Supervisor at The Groves
These nine semi-finalists will compete on the 4th of October at the beautiful Blaauwklippen Wine Estate for the title of Champagne Telmont Best Young Sommelier of South Africa 2022.
“In the Name of Mother Nature, Champagne Telmont has committed to create the most sustainable, organic champagne and heavily focus on preserving our land and our biodiversity. We are thrilled to support future generations, in particular by supporting SASA and the Telmont Best Young Sommelier of South Africa 2022 award” - Ludovic du Plessis, President of the House of Telmont.
Spencer Fondaumiere, Chairperson of SASA says, “I could not be more pleased . This has been a monumental year for SASA. That we have had a record number of entries is testament to all the hard work the whole team has devoted. None of this would have been achieved without our partners and we are delighted to introduce a brand new title sponsor in Champagne Telmont. We feel very aligned with their ethos of sustainability and commitment to nature and we are proud to be working with them as they enter the market!”
Additionally, “The Stellenbosch Wine Routes recognise the importance of the role sommeliers play in connecting hospitality and wine; they are the ambassadors taking the personality and essence of wine to the table. We are proud to support Best Young Sommelier, inspiring and encouraging more people to discover and share the exciting world of wine.” Elmarie Rabe, Manager of Stellenbosch Wine Routes
The Best Young Sommelier 2022 panel of Judges:
Our MC for the day, Siyabonga Mbaba, is many things - a creative, an entrepreneur, project manager, host, and community activist.
The live events starts at 13:00 and be streamed via our YouTube page.
Run of Show
13:00 Finalists announced
13:00-15:00 Finalists Competition
15:00-15:45 Star Wine List of the year South Africa Awards
16:00 Winner of the Champagne Telmont Best Young Sommelier of South Africa 2022 Announcement
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