Year Qualified : 2007
She has completed all the Cape Wine Academy courses and has lectured at all levels for the CWA. Meryl qualified as a Cape Wine Master in 2007 and her research project was on “The emergence of cooler wine regions in SA “.
Apart from qualifying as a registered SATOUR guide in 1998, she also worked for the John Platter Wine Guide since 2001 until present. Initially employed as wine coordinator and writer, she has been an official taster since 2006.
She also runs a small wine edutainment business ‘Window on Cape Wine’ conducting tours and corporate entertainment functions. She has conducted presentations and tours for foreign journalists, sommeliers and wine educationalists for Wines of South Africa (WOSA) since 1999.
Wearing her wine and travel caps, she represented SA Tourism and the Winelands in presenting South African wine to Indian delegates at the International Tourism Conference in Goa, India, in August 2006.
As a member of six active wine tasting groups, she has travelled and done wine tours of New Zealand, Canada, the Loire and Champagne.
The emergence of vine cultivation in cooler climate viticulture areas in South Africa with specific reference to Elim and Elgin