Women in wine – Domestic & International

Kathy Jordan launched the Jordan Women in Wine Initiative in South Africa in October 2012. Our first candidate was, Lungiswa Sithole, who is still working in the hospitality industry has passed her Level 1 and Level 2 WSET. Lungiswa’s enthusiastic passion, for wine and learning, made her an obvious choice as our first candidate.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) was founded in 1969 to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits.  Since then, it has grown into the foremost international wines and spirits education provider, with a range of sought-after qualifications now taught in 60 countries around the world. A WSET qualification is highly-regarded in international hospitality and wine industries and will stand the holder in good stead when it comes to entering the competitive job market. Taught here in South Africa by WSET-qualified tutors, Masters of Wine and industry-experts, WSET can start you on the road to success in the world of wine.

Visit www.thewinecentre.co.za for further information on the course and on WSET.

This “Women In Wine” sponsorship, is now being offered by the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa ( PIWOSA ) members, and is open to all “per definition” black/coloured, female candidates who have a matric certificate, and can speak and read English fluently.

Candidates regularly visit Jordan Wine Estate & participating wineries, where they take part in the activities, experiencing the seasonal activities and get a first-hand experience of what goes on behind the scenes on a wine estate.

Women in Wine – International

The international part of the Jordan Women in Wine Initiative was announced in July 2013 and applications for this opportunity closed end of August 2013.

This international aspect of the Jordan Women in Wine Initiative is promoted through Jancis Robinson’s website. As a result of her incredible following, this initiative received countless applications from very strong and capable women residing all around the world.

This certainly made the selection of the top candidates very difficult. In fact, the quality of the applicants were to such a high standard that instead of only inviting one candidate for the 2014 vintage we decided on two women.

The program has grown from strength to strength and has teamed up with PIWOSA, thus allowing more than 2 candidates to apply each year. PIWOSA have hosted up to 8 candidates per year.

The aim of the international part of the Women in Wine Initiative is to create an opportunity for ladies across the globe (who do not have experience in winemaking) exposing them to the wine industry of the Western Cape and to send them back with a unforgettable experience creating awareness on an international level.

The candidates to join us, for harvest at Jordan Wine Estate, so far have been:
Regine Lee (USA) and
Laura Atkinson  (UK)
Ksenia Findlay (Scotland)
Allison Rahill (USA)
Millie Wright (UK)

Regine and Laura were the first 2 candidates for the international part of the Jordan Women in Wine Initiative. Both these candidates are presently involved in either wine education or marketing and are eager to experience the 2014 harvest at Jordan.

Read more about our candidates experiences here:

Regine Lee
Laura Atkinson
Ksenia Findlay
Allison Rahill

Keep an eye on Jancis Robinsons website for the opening of applications for 2020 harvest.

Regine Lee (USA), Laura Atkinson  (UK), Lungi Sithole (SA) with Kathy Jordan