Three new Cape Wine Masters announced
By Christian Eedes, 4 June 2021
Three new Cape Wine Masters have graduated from the Cape Wine Academy, bringing the total number to attain this elite self-study qualification in its 42-year history to 109.
They are Gavin Whittaker, export manager for Asia & Middle East markets of Van Loveren, Rene Groenewald, product developer for Woolworths Dairy, and Lieza van der Merwe of Breedekloof cellar Merwida, formerly winemaker and currently manager of the tasting facility and marketing.
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.