Cathy Marston

Cathy Marston not only writes about wine, she also leads the WSET course in South Africa which offers beginner to expert training in the knowledge of wine.

Originally hailing from the U.K, she has a wicked sense of humour and a no-nonsense approach to wine.

After completing her degree in English at Cambridge University, she joined Adnams Wine Merchants as their marketing manager. Believing that you need to know a product in order to sell it, they put her through all the Wine & Spirit Education Trust exams, culminating in Diploma.

She came to SA in 2001 and opened and ran The Nose Restaurant & Wine Bar with husband Kevin, selling it after seven successful years.

Cathy now concentrates on tasting, writing for local and international publications and increasingly, educating people about wine.

Cathy is a Stage 2 Master of Wine (MW) student and owns and runs the largest provider of Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses in Africa and the Middle East. She is also the only provider of the flagship Level 4 Diploma on the continent. WSET qualifications are the industry standard in 80 countries around the world and if you want more details of these internationally-recognised wine and spirit courses, go to 

Cathy Marston is the recipient of the 2024 Wine Advancement category for her contributions towards the image of South African wine and the South African wine industry as a whole.

In addition to being an esteemed wine taster, judge and journalist, Marston is a formidable wine educator with a global reach and influence and is the founder and head lecturer at the prestigious International Wine Education Centre (IWEC) based in Cape Town, which offers the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) qualifications. She has made great efforts in promoting diversity and inclusivity within the South African wine industry and breaking down socio-economic barriers, and her unwavering passion for wine education and invaluable contributions to the wine industry, continue to elevate the appreciation and understanding of South African wine locally and internationally.