Cape Wine Academy continues to produce South Africa's top wine students

Monday, 7 October, 2013
Cape Wine Academy
The Cape Wine Academy, well-known for its top quality wine education and the upliftment, training, mentoring and nurturing of thousands of young students that come into the hospitality industry every year, has once again succeeded in producing the country’s finest, according to the judges in the past few industry competitions.
The Inter-Hotel Challenge Awards held in Cape Town’s Vineyard Hotel and Spa on the 26th September, challenged candidates from 10 different hotels to showcase their talents during the year at a cook-off held at the SA Chefs Academy in August. The participating hotels were Radisson Blu, Cape Grace, Queen Victoria, La Residence & Villas in Franschhoek, Bushmans Kloof, Twelve Apostles, One&Only Cape Town, The Taj Hotel, The Mount Nelson and the hosting venue, the Vineyard Hotel and Spa.

The three winning Top Wine Stewards, Tinashe Nyamudoka, Evan Sampson and Farai Magwada, are all Cape Wine Academy students. These three highly-competent wine stewards all completed various Cape Wine Academy courses and diplomas and have registered for the Cape Sommelier™ programme run by the Academy. The Academy now has 21 highly qualified Cape Sommeliers™ to its name, four of whom work overseas. The Academy’s Cape Sommelier™ qualification is the equivalent of a 4 year degree. The Cape Wine Academy sponsored bursaries to the value of R35 000 for the Top Wine Steward class allowing these top three students to further their studies in their chosen careers.

Also bringing top accolades to the Academy, and a testament to the quality of education performed by the Cape Wine Academy, is Xolani Mancotywa, 27, who is the Sommelier at the Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg, and most recently won the coveted title of 2013 Best Young Sommelier in South Africa. Originally from Cape Town, Xolani Mancotywa has been Sommelier at the Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst in Johannesburg since 1 November 2012.

Mancotywa is a qualified Cape Wine Academy Cape Sommelier™ having passed various courses including the South African Wine Course, Certificate Wines Course, the Wine and Food Pairing and the Wines of the World. Mancotywa will be flying to Washington, D.C., USA to compete for top honours in the worldwide contest against competitors from around the world.

The contest will be held at the Washington, D. C. Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown on the 18th October 2013. These competitions are sponsored by the Chaîne de Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and largest gastronomic society, with 25,000 members in over 70 countries.

Says Marilyn Cooper, Cape Wine Master and CEO of the Cape Wine Academy, “It is extremely gratifying, and humbling, to see our students doing so well at these types of challenges where the competition is very tough and you have to consistently be at the top of your game. The rewards are everlasting and are impactful as they shape their futures. These Wine Stewards can go on to be the top Sommelier’s in the country and worldwide.”

These students’ outstanding accomplishments is a demonstration to the Cape Wine Academy’s commitment to producing confident and well-qualified wine stewards and Sommeliers capable of being an integral part of the South African and international hospitality industry.