The Sommelier in South Africa

Traditionally seen as only necessary in high-end restaurants, the training & introduction of more sommeliers in eateries of all levels will help consumers enjoy a wider variety of wines which will benefit the South African wine industry in the long-term…

South Africa, in general, and the Cape in particular, is recognised for its excellent restaurants, food and wine. There are regular dispatches from foreign media praising (often with surprise) such excellence. This is also reflected in the many awards received.

If there’s one aspect of our dining and wining scene that hasn’t kept pace, it’s in wine service. The role of the sommelier or even wine steward has been insufficiently appreciated or understood. Things are changing, however, thanks to the enthusiasm and energy of the group behind the South African Sommelier Association (SASA).

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