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Cathy van Zyl MW

Cathy van Zyl MW

Became an MW 2005

Based in South Africa

Nationality South African

Languages Afrikaans, English


Cathy started her wine journey on a bicycle: she asked her husband to ride South Africa's famed Argus Cycle Tour with her; he accepted if she attended a wine course with him. She has since notched up more than 21 Cycle Tours and - in 2005 - passed the Master of Wine examination. Cathy judges locally and internationally, occasionally contributes to wine journals and websites around the world, but spends most of her wine-time as associate editor of the Platter's South African Wine Guide. She also runs a small public relations company specialising in the advertising and general business fields to 'fund' her wine activities.

Primary area(s) of work: Strategy, Communication

Industry sector(s): Project management, Marketing, PR, Business owner, Journalism, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge, Wine tourism

Wine styles: Orange wines, Still white, Still red, Still wines

Wine region expertise: South Africa, Western Cape

Market expertise: Africa

Specialisms: Blending, Packing and labelling, Bulk shipment, Legal compliance on authorised packaging and labelling, Sensory evaluation , Marketing wine, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Events, Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Wine auctions, Wine labels, Wine tourism, Branding, Wine judging