About Us

About the Sommeliers Academy & Our Courses

Our Story

Creating opportunity and raising standards with successful outcomes at the heart of everything we do

Sommeliers Academy was created in 2016 to meet a growing demand to deliver world class wine service and sommelier training in the fast-moving hospitality industry of South Africa.  From the start, Sommeliers Academy has been focused on achieving positive results for all our students with more than just knowledge at the centre of our course development. As the leading Sommelier training provider in Africa, we are firmly focused on giving our students the personal skills and confidence to help them achieve their career dreams. We are now training over 400 students per year and have attracted a team of experienced international sommeliers and the most qualified facilitators the industry can offer. As a student of Sommeliers Academy, you can be confident that we will help you succeed on every step of your wine journey.

Meet Our Team

Jean Vincent Ridon
Manager

ASI International Sommelier Diploma – Certified SASA Sommelier – Coffee Sommelier

Neil Tabraham
Partner

Certified SASA Sommelier – BA (Hons) Wine Business (University of Brighton – UK)

Higgo Jacobs
Partner

Certified SASA Sommelier – Certified Court of Master Sommeliers

Carey-Ann Brown
Chairperson (Zimbabwe)

Chairperson of the Sommeliers Association of Zimbabwe

Roxan Waldeck
Facilitator

Certified SASA Sommelier

Dube Tafadwaza
Facilitator

WSET 3 – Level 1 SASA Sommelier – Board Member of Zimbabwean Sommeliers Association

Laurie Cooper
Associate

Certified SASA Sommelier – Best Young Sommelier 2019

Debi van-Flymen
Associate

Cape Wine Master – Certified SASA Sommelier

Xolani Mancotywa
Associate

Certified Court of Master Sommeliers

Tayla Kirschner
Facilitator

Level 1 SASA Sommelier

What Our Students Have to Say

As a sommelier at one of the best hotels in Cape Town, Sommeliers Academy was the foundation on which I built my career. I have done numerous courses under the Sommeliers Academy and would highly recommend them for anyone getting into the wine service industry.
Alvezo Abrahams
Sommelier, Cape Town
I was privileged to study with Sommeliers Academy after being awarded the Best Wine Steward of 2019 at the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge. They welcome you with open arms and equip you with all the required study material and confidence to succeed, the Sommeliers Academy team are the best.
Lovejoy Neshamba
Best Wine Steward of 2019
Stepping into the sommelier world for the first time in my career, my experience with Sommelier Academy was phenomenal. It was a real eye opener to a whole new world which teaches you to broaden your mind as to what is out there, and what the role of a sommelier is all about.
Samantha Swartz
I started learning at Sommeliers Academy without any knowledge of wine. The facilitators are amazing, knowledgeable and invest so much time in the students. They teach more than just wine and service, I learned how to be comfortable in what I do and to become the best version of myself.
Freda-Marizen Jacobs
SASA Junior Sommelier, Robertson