Press release – 8 October 2015

SASA announces its own course – Fundamental Sommellerie – together with a new examination level

SASA has launched a new training programme which will provide foundational training for young sommeliers and sommeliers to-be. The course is constructed and taught by professional members of SASA over a period of three days covering the practical aspects of the trade as well as the managerial back-of-house elements that are hard to acquire on the restaurant floor. Modules will include wine list construction, service training and wine faults. The certification will be validated after a number of hours on the floor and is one of three levels of sommelier certification that SASA wants to implement on the long run.

It is recommended that the students have previous beverage training or qualification in line with WSET Level 2 or the Cape Wine Academy’s Certificate Course or higher, coupled with a minimum of 2 years front-of-house experience in order to benefit fully from the course.

The course will be followed by a fourth day of examination which will cover theory, blind tasting and practical dining room work. The examination will also be available to anyone willing to sign up without any pre-requisite to attend the Fundamental Sommellerie course. Upon successful completion of the examination the candidates will be awarded the title SASA Sommelier.

The first course will be taking place in the Western Cape during the month of November, 2015, followed by the first examination in early December. To receive further information and to book the course or the examination, please contact

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