Wine tourism businesses can now register their staff for two free learning and development opportunities, thanks to funding from Vinpro and the Cape Winelands District Municipality and support from Winetech.

Vinpro, with support from Winetech, launched a People Development Strategy for the South African wine tourism sector last year to inspire a learning culture and inform policymakers and funding agencies. This project was co-funded by Vinpro and the Cape Winelands District Municipality (CWDM) to address the following industry specific needs:

  • Define a comprehensive competency framework that outlines the combination of tourism and wine related skill sets for people working in the industry.
  • Use the defined competency framework to determine the skills needs in the industry.
  • Define a strategy that informs the skills development processes that will address the industry’s skills needs in a structured and sustainable manner.
  • Develop an implementation plan that guides the systematic identification and engagement of learning that will address the identified skills needs in the industry.

LOOKING BACK: Wine Service & Best in Class Waitering Training

Best in Class Waiter Training, Lanzerac.

On 30 November 2021, two wine tourism courses kicked off implementation of the strategy. The Best-in-Class Waiter training offered by Rob Arnold of RCA Consulting and two-day Wine Service training course presented by Cathy Marston of the International Wine Education Centre (IWEC) at Lanzerac Wine Estate were funded by the CWDM and Vinpro.

Both courses were fully booked, along with a second Wine Service course offered in Robertson on 2 and 3 December 2021.


REGISTER NOW for upcoming learning opportunities

We will be presenting the following funded learning opportunities to our wine tourism workers as part of our continued roll-out of the People Development Strategy and would like to invite you to register on the online Learner Management System (LMS) to qualify for the training funded by Vinpro and the CWDM. Your team members will be required to complete the wine tourism skills survey to ascertain whether there is a need for the training being presented.



An introductory wine course that takes you on a wine journey across South Africa, revealing the great wine growing regions of the Cape, wine styles and the effect of wine on the taste of food. Explore vineyard and winemaking practices and learn how they contribute to making a quality wine. Get to know the various red and white grape varieties with guided tastings and the basic etiquette of wine service and storage.

Wine Service Training, Graham Beck.

By the end of this course, you will be comfortable in conversations relating to the basic styles and varieties of wine and the natural and production factors that influence the quality of wine, as well as the basics of food and wine pairing.

The virtual course is presented online in real time. Your course manual, wine samples and tasting glass pack will be delivered on registration and you will join a zoom class with a wine expert.

Course Date: Saturday, 4 June 2022
Time: 09:00 – 14:30
Capacity: 72 Learners



SASA’s junior sommelier examination is open to all SASA members willing to validate their knowledge and expertise as sommeliers with a day of tests covering theory and practical dining room work.

Please note that you will have to assess whether your team member has the required skill level to sit for the examination because the examination fee is funded, but not the readiness training. It is recommended that the candidate hold a Cape Wine Academy certificate or WSET level 2 qualification and some floor experience prior to the examination that will cover the following areas.

Examination Dates:
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 Funded examinations (fully booked)
October 2022 Five funded examinations available for registration (first come, first served).

DO YOU HAVE QUESTION? Join a Zoom Information Session

Online information sessions are hosted on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 via Zoom (from 11 May to 31 August 2022) to take you or your team through the LMS and skills survey and answer any questions that you might have about the learning and development opportunities. RSVP online for a session by clicking here. Any other enquiries can be directed to Marisah Nieuwoudt at


“People are the cornerstone of the wine industry, and therefore wine grape producers, cellars and the industry as a whole will continue to invest in the well-being and development of those living and working in the wine industry. Various initiatives at industry and farm level address harm-reduction, socio-economic issues, as well as training and development.”
– Rico Basson, MD Vinpro


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