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The Best Young Sommelier of South Africa 2022 Quarter-finals qualifications are now open.

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

The Best Young Sommelier of South Africa 2022 will take place on the 4th of October at Blaauwklippen with our Long-Time Partner, Stellenbosch Wine Routes in conjunction with the Inaugural of Star Wine List of the year South Africa, Awarding Best Wine Lists.

Quarter-finals qualifications are now open.

Stellenbosch- The South African Sommeliers Association is delighted to announce that they will once again be hosting the Best Young Sommelier in South Africa competition. Open to any sommeliers under 30, the Best Young Sommelier competition is the country's premier competition for upcoming sommeliers under the age of 30. It showcases the industry's future leaders and exposes them to the rigours of international competition.

(Click HERE to enter!)

The winners receive fantastic prizes, national exposure, and opens the doors to incredible opportunities. The reigning best young sommelier, Laurie Cooper, is now the SASA treasurer and level 2 Master of Wine candidate.

This year the competition is being held alongside the coveted Star Wine List of the year South Africa, a celebration of the country’s best wine lists, for the first time in South Africa!

After hosting the Best Sommelier in South Africa competition, the stunning Blaauwklippen wine estate will continue its partnership with SASA and long-time partner the Stellenbosch Wine Routes by hosting the upcoming Best Young Sommelier 2022.

Order of events

13:00-15:00 Best Young Sommelier FINALISTS Competition

15:00-16:00 Star Wine List of the Year South Africa, best wine lists of the year awards

16:00 Best Young Sommelier 2022 Announcement

16:15-17:00 Wine, Mingling, Photos

Quarter-Finals will close on the 5th of September.

While the judges deliberate on the outcome of the finalists for Best Young Sommelier, the Star Wine List team will announce the top wine lists in South Africa.

(To submit your wine list, click here.)

These awards will be the first time Star Wine List showcases South Africa's best. Star Wine List covers an enviable list of 35 countries and over 100 cities worldwide. The esteemed panel of judges to adjudicate the Best South Africa Wine List include:

  • Marc Almert- ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019

  • Piotr Pietras MS runner-up ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2017

  • Heidi Mäkinen MW, part of the ASI Sommeliers Contest Committee

  • Tawanda Marume, the Director of Expression Wines & Best Sommelier of Zimbabwe 2020

Click here for more information about Star Wine List of the Year South Africa.

For more information on any of the above, please get in touch with

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