Best Sommelier of SA 2016

A huge congratulations to the winner Gareth Ferreira and finalists, Jean-Vincent Ridon and Joakim Hansi Blackadder, as well as the other 7 contestants…you made us proud! We would like to thank everyone for their support during our first Best Sommelier of SA competition, which were held on Monday, 11th January at the Taj Cape Town. Special thanks to all our sponsors, we would have not been able to put such a successful event together without your support.

  • as our Media Partner – please see the following links for more info
  • The Taj Hotel Cape Town for hosting the event
  • Winterhalter for the glass washer
  • Liebherr for the wine fridge
  • Riedel Glassware
  • Reciprocal wines
  • The Really Great Brand Company (Veuve Clicquot)
  • 4G Wines
  • Nederburg Wines
  • Almenkerk
  • Creation
  • De Wetshof
  • Groot Constantia
  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards
  • Iona
  • Jordan
  • Journey’s End Vineyards
  • Mulderbosch
  • Oldenburg
  • Paul Cluver
  • Warwick
  • Yardstick

We would also like to state the following in order to clarify any confusion: The competition was run under the rules and regulations of the ASI (International Sommeliers Association) who own the sommelier world cup. The rule is that you may compete if you have worked in the country in the last 3 years. Gareth worked at the Saxon as a head sommelier up until 2014. Allowing him to compete. Gareth however now works with Master Sommelier, Ronan Sayburn who is the head sommelier and Gareth his assistant. Gareth was also the first South African to pass the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced exam and therefore is more than qualified. This is also the case with the winners of the ASI competition in Spain and Poland, who both work in London. We’re excited, that for the first time a South African will competing in Argentina at the sommelier world cup.

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