Madlala Digital Learning Campus students explore wine cellar at Singita

Good Work Foundation (GWF) took a number of Absa “bridging year” hospitality students from Madlala Digital Learning Campus to Singita for a wine tasting experience and for them to see some of the hospitality activities they have been studying through Lobster Ink Online. This is what they had to say about the outing:

90% of the Madlala students that went on the trip tasted wine for the very first time

90% of the Madlala students that went on the trip tasted wine for the very first time

Catazile Zitha: It was a wonderful experience for me to visit Singita lodge in the Sabi Sands for the first time. We learnt about the different types of grapes and wines, and I didn’t know that even red grapes can make white wine. I couldn’t believe the fact that wines actually get their colour based on the skin colour of the grapes and not the type of grape it is. The part I enjoyed the most is when we tasted wine because it was my first time to taste it. I think I might just become a wine tester by profession after this experience.

Catazile Zitha: It was a wonderful experience for me to visit Singita lodge in the Sabi Sands for the first time. We learnt about the different types of grapes and wines, and I didn’t know that even red grapes can make white wine. I couldn’t believe the fact that wines actually get their colour based on the skin colour of the grapes and not the type of grape it is. The part I enjoyed the most is when we tasted wine because it was my first time. I think I might just become a wine taster by profession after this experience.

Nomsa Ubisi: Did you know that most of South Africa’s winery is in Cape Town because of the cool constant temperatures that are good for growing grapes!? Jan Van Ribeeck was also the first person to establish wine making in South Africa. I bet you also didn’t know that red wine cannot be made from white grapes but white wine can be made from red grapes. I cannot wait to go for another trip and learn more about wine and other hospitality activities again.

Nomsa Ubisi: Did you know that most of South Africa’s winery is in Cape Town because of the cool constant temperatures that are good for growing grapes!? Jan Van Ribeeck was also the first person to establish wine making in South Africa. I bet you also didn’t know that red wine cannot be made from white grapes but white wine can be made from red grapes. I cannot wait to go for another trip and learn more about wine and other hospitality activities again.

Tsivanane Sithole: I now know how a bottle of wine is opened, especially the ones closed with a cork. I also loved the session when we were showed the different types of modern cutlery used in establishments nowadays. I saw and entered a wine cellar for the very first time in my life; I couldn’t believe it when Mr. Zwai told us that some people have them inside their houses. I can now also serve a guest with confidence as I saw how the bottle first opened, how it is held when pouring the wine, and how much is poured into the glass.

Tsivanane Sithole: I now know how a bottle of wine is opened, especially the ones closed with a cork. I also enjoyed the session when we were shown the different types of modern cutlery used in establishments nowadays. I saw and entered a wine cellar for the very first time in my life; I couldn’t believe it when Mr. Zwai told us that some people have them inside their houses. I can now also serve a guest with confidence as I saw how the bottle is first opened, how it is held when pouring the wine, and how much is poured into the glass.

Thomasi Chiburre: The trip to Singita was a great learning experience because we learnt a lot from the individuals who work at the establishment. It was an important learning experience for us (MDLC) students, because we also study hospitality, and it was wonderful to see professionals in practice. I’m also confident to try and set up a honeymoon sweet after seeing one of the housekeepers do it.

Thomasi Chiburre: The trip to Singita was a great learning experience because we learnt a lot from the individuals who work at the establishment. It was an important learning experience for us (MDLC) students, because we also study hospitality, and it was wonderful to see professionals in practice. I’m also confident to try and set up a honeymoon suite after seeing one of the housekeepers do it.

Dzunisani zitha: I learnt so much from the history of wine and the different names of red and white wines. I was given the opportunity to taste the wines and try and identify the difference between dry and sweet wines with Mr. Zwai, who was facilitating the wine testing session. I also felt so proud when we went through room service and housekeeping and I realised that I knew all the things that Mr. Zwai was showing us from Lobster Ink online hospitality training that I am currently doing at MDLC.

Dzunisani Zitha: I learnt so much about the history of wine and the different names of red and white wines. I was given the opportunity to taste the wines and try to identify the difference between dry and sweet wines with Mr. Zwai, who was facilitating the wine tasting session. I also felt so proud when we went through room service and housekeeping and I realised that I knew all the things that Mr. Zwai was showing us from Lobster Ink Online Hospitality Training that I am currently doing at MDLC.

These students say they are now confident enough when it comes to wine serving so much that they could serve guests.

These students say they are now confident enough when it comes to wine serving so much that they could serve guests.

Cheers to Singita for allowing these students to learn more about hospitality.

Cheers to Singita lodge for allowing these students to learn more about hospitality.

Mr. talks about the history of wine and how it reached  South Africa.

Mr. talks about the history of wine and how it reached South Africa.

A big thank you to the team at Singita lodge for hosting the MDLC students and for giving them the best first time wine tasting experience!

Written and compiled by the GWF Media Academy and the students of MDLC.

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