Creating Opportunity.
Raising Standards.
The Heart of Everything We Do.

The Sommeliers Academy was created in 2016 to meet a growing demand to deliver world class wine service and sommelier training in the fast-moving hospitality industry of South Africa.  From the start, Sommeliers Academy has been focused on achieving positive results for all our students with more than just knowledge at the centre of our course development.

As the leading Sommelier training provider in Africa, we are firmly focused on giving our students the personal skills and confidence to help them achieve their career dreams. We are now training over 400 students per year and have attracted a team of experienced international sommeliers and the most qualified facilitators the industry can offer. As a student of Sommeliers Academy, you can be confident that we will help you succeed on every step of your wine journey.

As a result of the on-going Covid Pandemic we have developed new distant learning options via our online training portal. Our list of courses are growing please check with us if you don’t find what you are looking for, we are more than happy to assist you. 

Meet Our Team

JV Ridon


  • Best Sommelier SA 2023
  • ASI International
    Sommelier Diploma
  • Certified Court of
    Master Sommeliers
  • Coffee Sommelier 

Neil Tabraham


  • Certified SASA Sommelier
  • Certified Beer Judge (BJCP)
  • BA (Hons) Wine Business (University of Brighton UK)

Higgo Jacobs


  • Certified SASA Sommelier
  • Certified Court of
    Master Sommeliers

Carey-Ann Brown


  • Chairperson of Sommeliers Association of Zimbabwe

Our Partners

SA Culinary & Hospitality Educators Forum
Sommeliers Association of Zimbabwe
South African Sommeliers Association
Heineken Inter Hotel Challenge