SASA Announces Annual Fundraiser Event

South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) Announces Annual Fundraiser Event, Featuring an Exquisite Wine Auction and More

The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Annual Fundraiser Event, scheduled to take place on the 12th of August. Hosted in the charming ambiance of The Wine Library at Culture Wine Bar, located on Bree Street, this event promises to be an unforgettable evening of wine appreciation and philanthropy.

The SASA Annual Fundraiser Event is an occasion where wine enthusiasts, sommeliers, and connoisseurs come together to support the association’s mission of promoting excellence in the art and service of wine. This year’s event will be no exception, featuring a spectacular wine auction with exceptional and rare bottles, unique experiences, and more, all generously donated by renowned wine producers and supporters.

Chef Matt Manning, who will be the esteemed auctioneer for the evening, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “It is an absolute honor to be a part of SASA’s Annual Fundraiser Event this year. As a chef, I understand the crucial role sommeliers play in enhancing the dining experience. I am excited to contribute to this noble cause and look forward to raising our paddles for some extraordinary wines and experiences.”

Some of the incredible items up for auction include:

  • Sine Qua Non Cumulus Vineyard Next of Kyn No 7 2013 Magnum – Value R15,000
  • Masseto Toscana 2013 – Value R12,000
  • Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes 1998 – Value R5,500
  • Brandy Blending Experience with a Brandy Expert at KWV (4 people) Including 12, 15, and 20 Year Old Brandy collection – Value R9600
  • Graham Beck Vintage Collection Trio Gift Pack valued at R1200 (including 1 bottle each: Pinot Noir Rosé 2018, Blanc de Blancs 2018, Ultra Brut 2017)

Spencer Fondaumiere, Chairperson of SASA, expressed his gratitude to the generous donors and participants, stating, “We are delighted to witness the unwavering support of the wine community for SASA’s initiatives. This annual event not only allows us to raise funds for our programs but also serves as a testament to the camaraderie within the industry. Together, we can further elevate the art and appreciation of wine in South Africa.”

All proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting SASA’s programs, including educational workshops, sommelier certifications, and industry networking events, all of which aim to enrich the local wine culture and elevate the profession of sommeliers in South Africa.

The SASA Annual Fundraiser Event is open to all wine enthusiasts and supporters of the sommelier community. Attendees can look forward to a memorable evening of fine wine, delectable cuisine, and the opportunity to take home exceptional wines and experiences.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to support SASA while indulging in the finest wines and experiences. Tickets are R700/pp and include Canapes and a 3-course dinner by Grub & Vine. To attend, please email

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