We are so excited to share the news. Three new Cape Wine Masters (CWM) have graduated from the Cape Wine Academy (CWA), bringing the total number to attain this elite qualification to 109 over its 42-year history.
They are Gavin Whittaker, export manager for Asia & Middle East markets of Van Loveren Family Vineyards, Rene Groenewald, product developer for Woolworths Dairy, and Lieza van der Merwe of Merwida Wines, formerly winemaker and currently manager of the tasting facility and marketing.
The dissertations of the three new CWMs cover topical issues affecting the South African wine industry. Gavin Whittaker’s dissertation is on the availability, choices and production methods of no alcohol and lower alcohol (NOLO) wines in South Africa and whether there is a market for them. Rene Groenewald’s paper looked at environmental sustainability in the South African wine industry, while Lieza van der Merwe tackled drought, and how the extreme climatic conditions of the years 2015-2018 have affected the South African wine industry.
According to ICWM chairperson Jacques Steyn, General Manager at Jordan Wine Estate, the diplomas will be handed to the new CWMs at a formal awards luncheon to be held in August this year.