About The ICWM


The ICWM pursues the goal of excellence in the wine industry, and aims to promote:

  • wine and spirit education in South Africa
  • the image and interest of the members of the Institute
  • the responsible use of wine

The Institute of Cape Wine Masters

The Institute of Cape Wine Masters is an active group of knowledgeable people who are formally qualified, objective, passionate and informed on local and international wine matters.

Members of the are active in the wine industry as wine judges, wine educators, wine makers, marketing and sales and administration.

The Institute runs tastings and other wine events, provides membership services to the members of the ICWMs world-wide, and information and access to specialist advice for the wine industry in general.

If you would like to know more about the Institute and its activities please contact The Secretary at the Institute Office.


The first successful candidates of the examinations for Cape Wine Masters, held under the auspices of the Cape Wine and Spirit Education Trust were graduated in 1984. The Institute of Cape Wine Masters was formed in 1984. Seventy five people have graduated from the Cape Wine Master examinations since 1984, and there are currently 82 members and 3 honorary members.

Facts and Figures

The Institute now has 82 members living in 10 countries throughout the world. Education seminars and examinations are held in South Africa and Germany. Ten members live and work outside SA, in Germany, Australia, the UK and the USA.

If you would like to know more about the Institute and its activities please contact The Secretary at the Institute Office.


The ICWM intends to achieve this by:

  • promote the growth and use of wine
  • promote wine education at all levels
  • to be an ambassador of wine
  • to promote CWMs to enhance their credibility, visibility and recognition
  • to promote the qualification which should be sought-after for anyone wishing to advance in the wine trade, particularly in fields such as wine marketing, wine journalism and wine tourism.
  • to act as a catalyst, to help the industry move forward: to enable the industry keep pace with the changes and trends in world wine markets.