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Call for Entries: Best Sommelier of South Africa 2023 Quarter Finals

Cape Town, 27 July 2023 - The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) is delighted to announce the commencement of the search for the Best Sommelier of South Africa 2023. In partnership with the prestigious Stellenbosch Wine Routes, this esteemed competition aims to recognize and celebrate the exceptional talent within the sommelier community while promoting South Africa's vibrant wine culture.

Potential contestants are invited to participate in the quarter-finals by filling out the Google Form entry exam available HERE. Entries will open on Thursday, the 27th of July, and will close on Sunday, the 27th of August.

The Best Sommelier of South Africa 2023 competition is an opportunity for sommeliers across the nation to showcase their expertise, passion, and dedication to the art of wine and beverage service. Contestants will be evaluated on a range of skills, including wine knowledge, blind tasting, and service etiquette.

Important Dates:

- Entry Submission Period: Thursday, 27th July to Sunday, 27th August 2023

- Quarter-Finalists Announcement: Friday, 1st September

- Semi-Finals and Finals: 16th September

- Venue: Hazendal Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Spencer Fondaumiere, Chairperson of SASA, expressed excitement about the partnership with Stellenbosch Wine Routes, stating, "We are thrilled to collaborate with Stellenbosch Wine Routes again for this year's Best Sommelier of South Africa competition. Stellenbosch has long been at the heart of our nation's wine heritage, making it the perfect backdrop to showcase the exceptional talents of our sommeliers."

The quarter-finalists will be announced on Friday, 1st September, following a thorough evaluation of the entries. Successful candidates will then proceed to the semi-finals and finals held on the 16th of September at the picturesque Hazendal Wine Estate. The exciting event will culminate in the announcement of the Best Sommelier of South Africa 2023.

Additionally, the Best Sommelier of South Africa 2023 competition will be held alongside the Star Wine List of the Year South Africa Awards, further elevating the celebration of excellence in the wine industry.

For more information on how to enter the Best Sommelier of South Africa 2023 competition, please visit

About SASA:

The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) is a prestigious professional organization that aims to promote excellence in the sommelier community. With a commitment to elevating wine culture and service standards in South Africa, SASA provides educational opportunities, organizes events, and celebrates the nation's top sommeliers.

About Stellenbosch Wine Routes:

Stellenbosch Wine Routes is South Africa's premier wine region, known for producing world-class wines in stunning surroundings. The region boasts a rich winemaking history and is home to numerous award-winning estates.


Media Contact:

Erica Taylor

General Manager

+27 (0) 723520203

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