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Ginette De Fleuriot CWM – Challenge Chair

Ginette de Fleuriot is a Cape Wine Master and is Marketing Manager for Vinimark Wine Company. She began her career in wine in Germany, working in wine retail, wine education and freelance journalism. A lecturer for the Cape Wine Academy, Ginette has also been a contributor to the Platter Wine Guide. She has served as a wine judge for Veritas, SAA Wine Selection panel, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the Nederburg Auction Selection panel and the Best Value Wine Guide



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Fiona McDonald – Judge

Fiona McDonald was seduced by wine while a journalist at The Mercury newspaper. Eventually head hunted by WINE magazine, she served as Editor for eight years before deciding to go freelance. Now turning her hand to editing Cheers and Whisky magazine, Fiona still finds time to judge internationally at the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine & Spirit Competition.













Jolette Steyn – Judge

Jolette holds a BSc and MSc in Oenology & Viticulture, completing studies in South Africa and Europe. She has twelve harvests on 4 continents under her belt, speaks four languages and has been the winemaker at Steenberg Vineyards for 3 years. Outside the day job, Jolette has recently added a distinction WSET Level 3 and passed the celebrated Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy. She will represent Team SA in the World Blind Tasting Championships later this year, after scoring the highest provincial score of the year at SAWTC 2017.

This is her first time sitting on the panel for a wine judging competition












Gareth Robertson  – Judge

Gareth began his wine career at Waterford Estate in 2000 gaining experience in wine production, viticulture and marketing. Currently marketing manager for Anthonij Rupert Wines, he has extensive experience in both local and international market too having being based in the USA in 2005.  A distinction graduate of the Wine Judging Academy, Gareth also completed his Diploma with the Cape Wine Academy. He has  judged on  the Trophy show, WINE Magazine and Wineland Magazine panels.













Winnie Bowman – Judge

A qualified physiotherapist and biomedical scientist, and holder of a PhD in Education, Winnie developed an interest in wine during her student days at Stellenbosch and later through frequent travels to international winegrowing areas. She is a Cape Wine Master and judges regularly at local and international competitions in wine and brandy. Winnie presents corporate and private wine tastings, teaches  and writes about wine and food. Wine and brandy are Winnie’s passion and she enjoys every moment talking about or tasting wine! WEB: Twitter: @winbeebee











Maggie Mostert – Judge

Maggie’s love for wine was sparked by her parents while living as “expat” Capetonians in Pretoria.  Regular visits to the Cape Winelands culminated in a permanent move to Stellenbosch in 1989.  She completed Level 3 of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is a graduate of the Wine Judging Academy.  She believes that you have to taste far and wide – the best wines are the ones you haven’t drunk yet.





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Spencer Fondaumiere – Judge

Spencer began his journey in wine when he moved to South Africa in 2013. He is a graduate from the wine judging academy as well as successfully completed WSET level 3.  Spencer was the first person to qualify as a SASA sommelier, successfully passing the SASA level 2  Sommelier exam. A qualified chef, he is still involved in hospitality and is the operations manager and sommelier for the Open Door group of restaurants. He currently serves on the board of the South African Sommeliers Association. Has been an associate judge at the trophy wine show and a senior judge at the sommelier selection.