Dillon, Catherine

Year Qualified: 2011

Catherine was born and raised in Cape Town and completed a teaching degree from Stellenbosch University and UCT. Catherine was awarded Full Sports Colours for Hockey whilst studying at Stellenbosch and represented South Africa at both school and senior level. After teaching at Springfield Convent, Catherine headed overseas, travelling extensively, whilst teaching in London.

Returning to Cape Town, Catherine set up a tourism business and realised quite soon that her wine knowledge was not equal to her historical knowledge, thus embarking on her first wine course at the CWA. During the next courses leading to CWM, Catherine focussed her business on wine specific tours, dealing with knowledgeable clients, journalists, wine clubs and winemakers from all over the world.

Between 2011 and 2021, Catherine ran her second business, Sphere Foods, importing food products for the South African and African markets. During this period, she completed HR and Strategic Business Management studies and trained as a Commercial and Court Aligned Mediator with UCT Faculty of Law.

Today Catherine offers private vineyard walks to students of wine and tourists alike and in between does mediation in the community and business sectors.

Dissertation Topic

Waste management in the South African wine industry