Sommeliers Academy - SA & International Wines Level 2

Thursday, 23 May, 2024 to Friday, 24 May, 2024
Jean-Vincent Ridon
TIME:    08h30
COST:    R6990
VENUE:    122 St Georges Mall, Newspaper House Building, Ridon Communication, 3rd Floor, Unit 302
Cape Town

This wine course is designed to build upon your existing knowledge and focus on the world of South African wines within a global context.

Throughout a series of lectures, you will delve into the intricacies of grape cultivation and how the winemaking process can significantly influence the final product. Starting with South African wines, this course will then take you on a journey to explore key wine regions worldwide, their unique climates, and the grape varieties they’re known for. You’ll have the opportunity to compare South African wines, their regions, and grape varieties to those from other countries through wine tasting exercises. At the conclusion of the course, your understanding and learning will be evaluated through an examination. Join us on this exciting wine exploration adventure! This course covers the competencies necessary to successfully pass the SASA Junior Sommelier theoretical exam.

Course Pre-requisites

Candidates are required to have already passed either the SA Wine Level 1, CWA SA Wine, WSET 1, or an equivalent qualification. If candidates do not have these qualifications, they can take our orientation exam to determine the appropriate level of training or to validate their prior experience.

Please note that our courses are conducted in English, so candidates should have a good grasp of both spoken and written English.


This course is designed to enhance your existing knowledge of winemaking by exploring the techniques available to winemakers for enhancing and modifying the final product. Throughout the course, you will delve into the climatic characteristics of South Africa’s main wine regions, discover the key grape varieties cultivated there. This exploration will include a comparative analysis of South African wines against their international counterparts.

In addition to theoretical learning, candidates will have the opportunity to participate in wine tastings, allowing for a deeper appreciation of how grape variety, climate, and winemaking methods can influence the end result. By the course’s conclusion, you will possess a well-rounded understanding of South African wines, their regional distinctions, and the grape varieties unique to each district. Furthermore, you will gain insight into major wine regions across the globe, encompassing various grape varieties and local winemaking styles. This knowledge will equip you with the competence needed for a successful career in the field of sommelier.


Upon completing the course, students will undergo both a written and a tasting exam to evaluate their knowledge and tasting skills. Those who pass these exams will earn their diploma and a metal lapel pin, showcasing their accomplishment in their professional setting. Attaining the South African Wine Level 2 Certificate serves as a stepping stone toward becoming SASA Junior Sommelier. This course aligns with the competencies necessary for SASA sommelier courses.


R6990 incl per candidate for two full days at our Cape Town Campus. This course can be offered on LIVE distant learning, the wine samples and manuals are sent to the candidate by courier, for the same price.