SASA Wine Auction: Investing in sommelier futures in SA's booming hospitality sector

Friday, 20 October, 2023
The South African Sommeliers Association proudly announces its prestigious annual Wine Auction on 18 November.

Set against the captivating backdrop of The Wine Library at Culture Wine Bar, Bree Street, the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA)'s grand event shines the spotlight on the significance of professional sommelier certification in the heart of South Africa's hospitality realm.

The event serves as a nexus where wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and future sommeliers unite, upholding SASA's resolute mission: driving sommelier excellence in the service and art of wine.

This year's auction promises to be a thrilling experience with a parade of rare and exclusive wines, along with unparalleled experiences, all magnanimously donated by illustrious wine aficionados and patrons.

Esteemed auctioneer for the event, chef Matt Manning, articulated, "Partnering with SASA for this event underscores the synergy between culinary arts and sommelier expertise. This auction not only offers exquisite wines but contributes significantly to SASA's mission, resonating the essence of dining: a harmonious wine experience."

Highlighted auction items

  • Sine Qua Non Cumulus Vineyard Next of Kyn No 7 2013 Magnum – valued at R15 000
  • Masseto Toscana 2013 – valued at R12,000
  • Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1998 – priced at R5 500
  • A curated Brandy Blending Experience at KWV for four, featuring a collection of 12, 15, and 20-Year Old Brandies – valued at R9 600
  • Graham Beck Vintage Collection Trio Gift Pack – estimated value of R1 200

SASA chairperson, Spencer Fondaumiere, commented, "The fervent support we receive during this event underscores the collective passion for wine and its professionals in South Africa. The auction proceeds will be instrumental in sculpting a new cadre of certified sommeliers who will undoubtedly enhance our nation's hospitality experience."

The evening's sole focus: using auction proceeds to fund SASA's cornerstone initiatives – educational workshops, sommelier certifications, and industry gatherings – all tailored to foster a robust wine culture and sommelier excellence in South Africa.

Join this noble cause for an evening of unparalleled wine selections and gourmet dining. Tickets are priced at R700 per person, inclusive of sumptuous canapes and a 3-course gourmet feast by Grub & Vine. Secure your attendance via