Franschhoek Village and Wine Valley
Cape Town Wine Tour: Fine Wining and Dining
Stellenbosch: The (Unofficial) Wine Capital
Melissa Sutherland describes herself as a global citizen, passionate Capetonian, wine tourism promoter, professional tour guide and entrepreneur. In the early years of South Africa’s democracy she served as a Vice-Consul for Political and Cultural Affairs in New York before moving to Sydney to work for a publishing house. In 2008 she started her own company to share and connect people and opportunities around the wonderful worlds of wine, art and travel. Growing up in a wine family, she completed her Certificate Course through the Cape Wine Academy, qualifying as a Professional Tour Guide in 2011. Melissa wrote a book on the South African artist Frank Spears and enjoys painting in her free time. She lives in Cape Town and enjoys nothing more than sharing her love of South Africa and showcasing the best of what South Africa has to offer to well-travelled, seasoned and discerning visitors.
Katie has a love affair with wine and her effervessance is palpable as she waxes lyrical about the fruits of the vine. Katie is a registered Tourist Culture Guide for the Western and Eastern Cape with a speciality in the Cape Winelands. She has numerous qualifications in wine including a Sensory Evaluation Certificate from the Universtity of Stellenbosch and two Diplomas from the Cape Wine Academy to name a few. She is on a continuous journey for knowledge to educate her palate and travel the world through a wine glass. Katie is a professional wine taster, qualified to taste and judge for the South African Wine and Spirit Board and is highly sought after for tasting notes and general wine appreciation. She sits on various tasting panels and is recognised throughout the industry. When not in the Winelands, Katie is found conducting Educational Tastings and Service Training within the Hospitality Industry. She is insistent to demystify the wonders of wine and make it assessible to all whilst using humour and fun. From beginners to connoisseurs, you will be enchanted by her knowledge, wit and charm.
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