During the past 10 years, the WTSA Training Project has expanded significantly given the growing need for quality training in the South African wine industry. The dynamic nature of the industry and its changing needs are compelling WTSA to keep expanding the current programme in order to meet the growing demand.

Following the partnership with the Cape Winemakers Guild in 2014, Wine Training SA was enabled to create capacity to extend its training offerings.

In addition to SKOP 1, 2 and 3 learning programmes, the following programmes were initiated since 2015:

Learnership : National Certificate Winemaking NQF Level 3

Skills Programmes

A Hospitality Project with monthly Workshops

With the generous support of the Cape Wine Auction, Wine Training SA launched an exciting Mathematical Literacy Project during 2016.

SKOP 4 will be launched after the 2017 season.  The programme is aligned to the unit standards of 2 Skills Programmes giving the client the choice to enroll for a short course or an accredited Skills Programme.


In addition to learning programmes offered until 2014, the WTSA team is developing learning material to present the Winemaking (NQF 3) Learnership and Skills Programmes from 2015 (where learners can select programmes to address specific needs).

Following the partnership with the Cape Winemakers Guild in 2014, Wine Training SA was enabled to create capacity to extend its training offerings.


The current WTSA Ladder of Training

Currently SKOP 1 is followed by SKOP 2 and finally SKOP 3. These are 2-day modules to equip the learner with basic cellar knowledge and soft skills. The short non-accredited learning programmes were developed by the industry for the industry and are constantly updated in line with industry changes.


SKOP Short Courses – Curriculum


SKOP 1 – Introductory Programme

An introduction to Viticulture
An introduction to Winemaking
Additions / Additives
Cellar Apparatus
Occupational Safety
Cellar Hygiene
The Structure of the South African Wine Industry
Mathematical Literacy 1 (The use of the Calculator and Basic Calculations)

SKOP 2 – Intermediate Programme

Alcoholic Fermentation
Malolactic Fermentation
Barrels : Manufacturing and Handling of Barrels
Sparkling Wine
Correct handling of wine in the cellar environment
Mathematical Literacy 2 (The Metrical System)

SKOP 3 – Advanced Programme

Distillation – Brandy
Fortification –Sherry and Port
New Technology in the Wine Cellar
Winemaking – Advanced
Wine Tasting Workshop
Cellar Hygiene Advanced
Workplace Safety Advanced
Faulty Wines
Life Skills (Leadership / Communication / Professionalism in the Workplace)
The History of Winemaking
Mathematical Literacy 3 (Calculations of Additions)



Language of presentation

Courses for cellar staff are presented in the student’s mother tongue, namely Afrikaans, English and Xhosa. The enormous need for Xhosa training was addressed for the first time in 2006.






Non Accredited Programmes:


Short Programme’s and workshops (SKOP 1 – 3 and Workshops)

There is much learning that does not lead to a national qualification. Such education and training need not be rigorously quality assured, as long as it meets the need of the learners, the relevant government department, private employer or community. The DHET will make it clear to other government departments and donors that non-formal education provision targeted at specific community needs, as well as on-going professional development, need not always lead to qualifications or be provided through accredited trainers
Resource : White Paper for Post School Education and Training (published in January 2014) pt., reflecting the regulatory status of non accredited programmes.


Accredited Programmes:


Skills Programme

Unit standard-based programmes that are occupationally based, and when completed, constitute a credit towards a qualification registered in terms of the NQF.


Structured learning process for gaining theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the workplace leading to a qualification registered on the NQF.


Qualification: Assistant to the Winemaker:

WTSA is positioning itself to develop and present the above mentioned Qualification (2016)