Cape Institute for Agricultural Training (Elsenburg)


B Agric, wine diploma course, further education and training in the wine sector
Contact: Marius Paulse
Phone: +27 21 808 5450
Email: [email protected]

Formerly owned by the Cape Colony Governor Willem Adrian Van der Stel, the Elsenburg farm was sold to the Government in 1889, when it became an Agricultural College. The University of Stellenbosch and Elsenburg used to run concurrent agricultural training until 1973, when the relationship between both institutions was severed, and the department of Agriculture accepted responsibility for agricultural training at Elsenburg. In 1976, the diploma in cellar technology was created, resulting in 80% of the country’s current winemakers being trained at Elsenburg.

In1994, with the transformation to a democratic political order in South Africa, the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape was created. The Elsenburg and Kromme Rhee Agriculture Colleges amalgamated, and the training offered at Elsenburg was enhanced through the creation of a centre for further education and training to address the need for short, practical courses targeting farm workers and emerging farmers.

The relationship with the Stellenbosch University was recently re-established, which translated into the provision of a B-Agric degree run concurrently with the Stellenbosch’s Faculty for Agriculture and Forestry. On 1 June 2004, the Elsenburg College was renamed the Cape Institute for Agricultural Training.

Cape Wine Academy

Activity/Degrees: Wine-tasting classes and training of front-door staff and sommeliers
Contact: Michelle Grimbeck
Phone: +27 21 809 7597
Email: [email protected]

Founded in 1979, the Cape Wine Academy is recognized as the official wine education and training institution in South Africa.

The Cape Wine Academy provides a range of social and professional wine courses for individuals and tertiary institutions and specializes in creating bespoke wine-tasting events for corporate clients.

The starting point to learning about wine is the South African Wine Course. On completion of an exam, students can join the Certificate Wine Course, followed by the Diploma Wine Course and ultimately the Cape Wine Masters, the highest qualification in wine education (I would delete this or qualify by stating in South African wine education?? We now have WSET available and Master of Wine is the highest qualification regardless).

The Cape Wine Academy also offers fun and social wine courses to enjoy with friends and family. Choose from the Food and Wine Pairing Course, the South African Brandy Course or the Wines of the World Course and ignite your passion for wine today!

To start your career in the wine and hospitality sector, sign up for the Front of House Course, boost your skills with the Wine Service Course or enrol for the prestigious Cape Sommelier™ qualification, which is a must for every CV.

All Cape Wine Academy lectures are presented by South African winemakers, Diploma graduates, and Cape Wine Masters, who are actively involved in shaping the South African Wine industry today.

Cathy Marston Wine Course

Offers a six-week relaxed, informal and enjoyable course which will answer all the questions you never knew you had about wine, get you tasting some of the finest wines in South Africa, and meeting many of the winemakers and other movers and shakers of the winemaking industry.

The course is aimed at enthusiastic beginners or people who just enjoy tasting different wines in the company of other like-minded folk.

Cathy Marston is accredited to teach Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses locally, with Levels 1 to 3 Certificate in Wine and Spirits currently offered; eventually, the WSET Diploma will also become available.

Department of Viticulture and Oenology – Stellenbosch University

Phone: +27 21 808 4782
Fax: +27 808 3771

Situated in the heart of the Cape winelands, Stellenbosch University has a long history of engagement with the sciences of the vine and the wine, and a close association with the South African grape and wine industries. Tuition in Viticulture and Oenology was already offered in the 1880s.

The DVO is the only department in South Africa that offers graduate and postgraduate courses in Viticulture and Oenology. The department has at its disposal significant research facilities, including experimental and commercial vineyards, a small-scale experimental cellar and an industry-scale research and teaching cellar, as well as well-equipped viticulture, oenology, biotechnology and chemical laboratories.

Research projects are supported by competitive grants awarded to the department by industry or government institutions. The department enjoys wide national and international recognition, and maintains contact and research collaboration with many national and international universities and research organizations, such as the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide, Australia, the German Wine Research Centre in Geisenheim, the universities of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Montpellier in France, the Centre for Industrial Fermentations in Madrid, Spain, and many more. Mutual arrangements and agreements entail student and staff exchanges, as well as many collaborative research projects.

South African Agri-Academy

The SA Agri Academy (SAAA) is a Section 21 company providing market information, training and business advice/coaching, and strategic market linkages to the emerging farmers in the agricultural sector.

Activity/Degrees: Export training, marketing
Contact: Lina Keyter
Phone: +27 21 880 1276

Stellenbosch University

Activity/Degrees: BSC Agric in Viticulture and Oenology
Phone: +27 21 808 4545
Fax: +27 21 808 4781
Email: [email protected]

The Department of Viticulture and Oenology is part of the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences at Stellenbosch University and offers the following training: Undergraduate study in Viticulture (Bsc Agric); undergraduate study in oenology (Bsc Agric); HonsBScAgric, HonsBSc, MScAgric; PhD and PhD (Agric); degrees in Viticulture, Oenology, Wine Biotechnology and Grapevine Biotechnology.

Stellenbosch University Certificate in Wine Evaluation

Stellenbosch University, in conjunction with GetSmarter, presents the part-time Certificate in Wine Evaluation. This will be the fourth presentation of the course and we have trained over 510 wine professionals throughout South Africa.

Course information:

  • This course certifies successful students to be selected for tasting on the South African Wine and Spirits Board and Veritas tasting panels
  • Results in a Certificate in Wine Evaluation from Stellenbosch University
  • Includes two practical three-hour workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg