Institute of Cape Wine Masters

The title of Cape Wine Master is one of the most sought-after qualifications in the South African Wine Industry.


Over the last 40 years, 110 candidates have qualified to become Cape Wine Masters and a further 3 were awarded the title of Honorary Cape Wine Masters, bringing the total number to 113.



Upon graduating as a Cape Wine Master, one automatically becomes a member of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters (ICWM).

Its members comprise of an active group of knowledgeable people who are formally qualified, objective, passionate and informed on local and international wine matters.

The purpose of the ICWM is to harness the collective ability of its members to open the world of wine and brandy to others, through their knowledge, deep understanding, and love for wine (and food).


Cape Wine Masters are expected to:


promote wine and spirit education in South Africa at all levels


promote the growth and responsible use of wine


promote the image of the ICWM by enhancing its credibility, visibility and recognition


be an ambassador of wine

The ICWM is managed by an Executive Committee, elected annually at the AGM. The members for the period  July 2023 – June 2024 are:

Chairperson – Jacques Steyn
Vice-chairperson – Mark Philp
Treasurer – Conrad Louw
Secretary – Raymond Noppé
Marketing Co-ordinator – Catherine Dillon
Educom Representative – Lizette Tolken

** The Principal of the Cape Wine Academy (Heidi Duminy), serves in an Ex Officio capacity. **