Moet & Chandon Best Young Sommelier finals

The Vineyard Hotel hosted the Moët & Chandon Best Young Sommelier 2019 finals on Wed 25th Sept - putting the young 21-30-year old contestants to the test.

There were 3 tests - so watch Laurie strutting her stuff HERE

Congratulations to the Winner: Laurie Cooper - Abingdon Wine Estate - see video HERE to learn more about Laurie

2nd place went to: Tayla Kirschner - Sommeliers Academy 

3rd place went to: LeRoi Van de Vyver - Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar  

Other contestants came from all over South Africa
Jamie-Leigh Rodgers - JÉAN Restaurant
Garreth Lubbe - Kraakvars
James Mukosi - Rust en Vrede Wine Estate
Shane Mumba - Waterkloof Wines
Tapiwa K Jamu - Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel
Tumelo Andrew Moreo - Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
Merykay Katlego Mathobela - Saint

The prizes are extraordinary:
• All expense trip to Champagne, courtesy of Moët & Chandon.
• All expense trip to Barolo thanks to Collisioni Festival Progetto Vino and 3IC by Ian d’Agata.
• Their very own Coravin by Great Domaines - importer and distributor of Fine wines
• WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) a bursary via International Wine Education Centre
• A beautiful decanter from Zwiesel Kristallglas by Ambience Hospitality Brands

The Judges were:
Germaine Esau - Myoga Restaurant
Wikus Human - Marble Restaurant & Saint Restaurant
Cathy Marston - International Wine Education Centre
Joakim Hansi Blackadder Immenkamp - Somm Hospitality & South African Sommeliers Association
Lloyd Jusa- The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
Barry Scholfield - Somm Hospitality & South African Sommeliers Association

Additional Sponsor
Winterhalter SA