SASA Level 1 Junior Sommelier Course

The South African Sommelier Association (SASA’s) Junior Sommelier Course is the foundation and the first tier out of three examination levels created by SASA with the aim to standardise wine service within the South African hospitality field. The course content is taught over the period of two days, followed by a third day of examination.

The course covers the basic elements of wine service that is expected to be handled comfortably by any hospitality professional in that role by international standards, it is intended to be a natural progression for a waiter wishing to develop his/her skills.

Previous knowledge required

The student is strongly recommended to have previous or current experience as a waiter/waitress before attending the course and a basic theory knowledge on wine equivalent to WSET Level 2 in order to benefit fully and be able to pass the examination.


  1. Subjects
    1. Introduction
      1. Purpose of the course
      2. History, purpose and career path of a sommelier
    2. Service preparations
      1. Setup for service
      2. Glassware
      3. Stock
    3. Wine service
      1. Tray service
      2. Bottle service
    4. Presentation
      1. Equipment
      2. Wine list
      3. Serving order
    5. Customer service
      1. Service etiquette
      2. Recommending
      3. Complaints
      4. Language
    6. Product training
      1. Faults
      2. Food and beverage in combination
  2. Cost: R2950
    1. Price subject to change without prior notice

Event Timeslots (3)

SASA Level 1
SASA Level 1 Junior Sommelier Course Examination - TBC by South Africa Sommeliers Association

SASA Level 1
6 February 2019 - SASA Level 1 Junior Sommelier Course Day 1

SASA Level 1
13 February 2019 - SASA Level 1 Junior Sommelier Course Day 2

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