SPEAKERS PROFILE - HIGGO JACOBS


Hailing from Calitzdorp, Port wine capital of South Africa, Higgo was lured to the Cape by the beauty of the winelands, along with an ambition to become a lawyer. Although graduating from the University of Stellenbosch with a law degree in 2002, Higgo was constantly taking on wine roles with local vineyards, spending nine years on either side of the cellar door: first making wine, then marketing and exporting it. Relocating to the UK in 2007, he cut his teeth on the wines of the world, working with highly respected importer – Anthony Byrne Fine Wines and later managing award winning wine merchant – ‘Jeroboams’ Notting Hill branch in London. He certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and also holds a WSET Advanced Certificate (with distinction).

Higgo returned to SA in 2008 into the role of resident Sommelier at Steenberg Hotel, after which he started consulting in the industry and is now working with various establishments. Holder of a certificate of distinction in the Wine Magazine / Michael Fridjon Tasting academy, Higgo is senior judge at the International Wine Challenge (IWC), and tastes for various local publications and competitions, some of which he chairs. He is also a founding member and current executive member for the South African Sommelier Association (SASA), Co-ordinator of Nederburg Auction selection tastings and Tasting Director for Top 100 SA Wines Challenge.

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