Four new Cape Wine Masters have graduated from the Cape Wine Academy (CWA) during lockdown. This was announced at the virtual AGM of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters (ICWM) on Saturday, 30 May 2020.
This brings the number of CWMs to attain this elite self-study qualification in the 41-year history of the CWA to 106.
They are Karen Bloom, a wine lover from Durban, Wanda Cronje of Fun with Food from Durbanville, Boela Gerber, winemaker of Groot Constantia, and Lisha Nelson, CEO of Nelson Wine Estate, Paarl. All except Lisha Nelson are also part-time lecturers for CWA.
According to ICWM chairperson De Bruyn Steenkamp, more than 200 000 wine enthusiasts have attended the lectures and training programmes of this wine education and industry service (CWA) which was instituted as part of the Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery (SFW) Wine plan in 1979.
The four dissertations cover a wide range of topics. In summary: the rise of Prosecco as an affordable and viable MCC and sparkling wine contender in South Africa; the use of ovoid (egg-shaped) and alternative wine vessels in winemaking; exploiting the qualities of the wine yeast Brettanomyces naturally present in wine for improved cellar management practices; and looking into which constituents in wine pose a risk to health and how winemakers could produce healthier wines.
The Diplomas will be handed to the new CWMs at a formal awards luncheon to be held at a later date in the year.