The interest for quality wines from South Africa has never been so big. This could not only be seen in the number of importers representing South Africa, but also in the number of South African masterclasses that were presented, ranging from Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch wards, to an organic masterclass, wine & food pairing with Kasteel Engelenburg and Women in Wine.

The selection for this year’s Wines of South Africa stand was made with the top 3 suggestions from our sommeliers and media that visited CapeWine. The selection proved successful with the stand getting compliments for the high quality and diversity of the wines, all aimed at gastronomy. The stand was busy and it is clear that there is still interest for new wines from South Africa – both on wine lists and with importers looking for new wineries.

On Tuesday the 8th of January Wines of South Africa hosted the Sommelier Cup during the trade show. We had 13 serious sommelier candidates competing in the country round. The winner, Martien Marcelissen from Vane Restaurant & Skybar is a very talented young sommelier who is ready to represent The Netherlands in the final in Cape Town. 

Picture with top 3 sommeliers, from left to right: Priscilla van der Voort, Restaurant Waterproef, Martien Marcelissen, Vane Restaurant & Skybar, Tim Meyer Viol, Winebar Shiraz.

- Sara Channell