On Saturday, 30 June the first set of Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) South African graduates received their Level 2 and 3 awards at the Big Easy restaurant in Stellenbosch.
It was quite fitting that this prestigious event took place at this historic South African wine industry landmark. The Big Easy (La Gratitude House) was home to Dr William Charles Winshaw founder of the first South African red wine blend, Chateau Libertas, in 1932.
The UK-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) wine courses are
recognised as the international standard for wine courses with Approved
Programme Providers in over 55 countries around the globe teaching WSET
to their students. If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of
international wines, whether for business or pleasure, then WSET has the
courses for you.
WSET strictly monitors all lecturers and teachers in order to maintain
their high levels of integrity and scholarship. WSET qualifications in South Africa are offered by Approved Programme Provider, Cathy Marston
who, along with other qualified tutors ensures that the teaching is of
an internationally approved standard, focused on results and a thorough
grounding of all materials.
Level 2 graduates:
Catherine Poole - Aubergine Restaurant – Distinction
Charles Pohl – Rust en Vrede - Merit
Carel Chapman – Rust en Vrede - Merit
Graham de Vries – Steenberg – Merit
Stefan Coetzee – Cybercellar – Merit
Andre Olivier – non-trade – Merit
Celeste Munge – non-trade – Merit
Allan Ware – The Big Easy Restaurant – Pass
Level 3 graduates:
Lorraine Geldenhuys – Elsenberg – Distinction
Carla van der Merwe – wine.co.za – Merit
If you are interested in attending a WSET wine course then please visit the International Wine Education Centre's website at www.thewinecentre.co.za. You can also get in touch with them on Facebook. The next Level 2 WSET Wine Course will be held on the weekend of 8 and 9 September and the next Level 3 WSET Wine Course will start on 18 October.