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Do you have what it takes to win the 2012 Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award?


Somelier for South Africa

Entries for the First Round of The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award 2012 are now open. (entries close May 31st, 2012).

Similar to lat years event,  the winner of the 2012 Competition will be announced at The Swartland Revolution in November 2012 and will win a trip to France including a trip to the prestigious House of Champagne Bollinger. 

This annual Competition, which is aimed at enhancing and recognising the calibre of local sommeliers and wine service staff, was launched in 201.

As Neil Grant, Chairperson of the South African Sommelier Association (SASA) and one of the judges of the 2011 Competition, says: “Wine service has a poor history in South Africa and only with incentives such as these will we find an improvement within the industry. Chefs in South Africa over the past 10 years have proven how good they are and now wine stewards/sommeliers need to be part of this movement so we can challenge the international markets.” SASA has committed to mentoring the winning candidate to further assist in guaranteeing continued professional wine service of an international standard.

Exceptional Wine Service award

The Competition entry criteria are:

  • Those currently employed in the service of food and wine and with a history of minimum three years of such service.
  • Contestants are required to have substantial knowledge of the local wine scene and of the professional service of both food and wine.
  • An adequate knowledge of international wine appellations and styles of wine is also a prerequisite.
  • More importantly, however, the contest examines the ability of those selling wine in the hospitality industry to relate what is produced in South Africa to the expectations of international visitors more familiar with the major wine producing regions of the world.

Competition dateline

First Round

Registration Forms and the completed Question Paper are to be submitted no later than 31 May 2012.

Second Round

The Second Round will take place from 6th – 8th August 2012 at venues to be announced.

Final Round

Finalists will compete in Cape Town on 8 October 2012 at a venue to be announced.

Competition winner announcement

The winner of The Bollinger Wine Service of Excellence Award will be announced at the Swartland Revolution on Friday, 9 November 2012.


Judges at all rounds of the Competition will include internationally trained sommeliers; Cape Wine Masters; and members of the hospitality trade.

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