Information

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The SOUTH AFRICAN WINE ACADEMY is a modern Wine College, based in Europe, but it was established, and is managed and staffed almost exclusively by South African wine educators, hands-on professionals and wine makers. It forms part of a sisterhood of wine academies, under the guardianship of the European Wine Academy. 

Our AIM is to offer an informative, interesting insight into the wines and wine making culture of the Cape and South Africa, (which has a wine history much older than other New World wine countries), but offer it on an international basis, world-wide and in different languages, as opposed to offering our courses only in South Africa (South Africans are obviously also welcome, and do, also follow our courses !).

Because we want to reach all of you we use the following two teaching systems:

  • the regular class-room teaching method to provide short and longer professional courses on South African wine, which will be run in various countries (planned for 2005: the UK, Germany, the Benelux, South Africa, Australia and certain states of the US). Click on COURSES for our range of those courses.
  • in addition, and probably of more interest to you, we also use e-learning (also known as Distance Education), to offer some of the same courses but this system is essentially meant for the longer courses.

    All our courses have the same standard of excellence, they differ only in the method in which they are delivered and in the differing motivation of students: the e-learning courses are designed for highly motivated students who cannot, (usually because of their geographical location) follow a course in a regular class room environment because of their work schedules, family needs or other reasons.

Mission and History
The basis for the SOUTH AFRICAN WINE ACADEMY was formed in 1999 and in 2004 it eventually became an integral part of a sisterhood of Wine Colleges which will be providing a rather unique professional wine education as from 2005.
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