2019 – Cathy van Zyl

This year the Institute of Cape Wine Masters designated internationally acclaimed wine judge Cathy van Zyl, MW, as the Wine Personality of the Year at a gala dinner held at the Longridge Wine Estate on Saturday, 11 May.

Cathy van Zyl was the third South African to be designated as a Master of Wine by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London in 2005.

This accolade marks her overall contribution to the industry through wine education, her loyal promotion of South African wines as writer for the online Grape newsletter and as associate editor of the Platter Guide, and her stature as judge on international and local wine shows.Cathy is the ex-chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine’s education committee and currently a member of its Council.

Cathy van Zyl

Bennie Howard (CWM), Cathy van Zyl, Conrad Louw (ICWM chairperson)

Cathy van Zyl

Sandy Harper (CWM), Cathy van Zyl