Lovejoy Neshamba

Lovejoy Neshamba, originally from Zimbabwe, won the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge's Wine Steward of the Year award in 2019.

Winner 2019 Distell Inter Hotel Challenge - Wine Steward - Lovejoy Neshamba

Lovejoy Neshamba is originally from Zimbabwe and has been a proud employee of Ellerman House since 2016.

"I take pride in delivering excellent service to our guests. I have always been fascinated by Sommeliers. Their service, passion and knowledge about wine is truly inspiring. This fuelled my curiosity which has now turned into a passion.

From my first bitter tastings in 2011 at the Round House Restaurant, to today where I have a deeper knowledge and understanding for different flavours and what affects those flavours, I can say I’m well on my way to achieving a dream of being able to seamlessly provide wine service my way. I was afforded the opportunity of being a bartender at Ellerman House in 2018 which allowed me to be exposed to South Africa’s best wines and thus advancing my palette and appreciation for this massive industry. The best part is tasting new and different wines and sharing this with guests when conducting tastings at Ellerman House.

Other interests include indulging in a good movie, fixing what is broken and photography. I would love to combine my love for photography, good food and wine."