Laurie Cooper

Laurie Cooper scooped the 2019 Moet Best Young Sommelier Award with her professionalism, precision and knowledge

Laurie is a WSET Diploma graduate and, at age 24, founded the KZN School of Wine in January 2015.

She is the head lecturer at the school, a SASA Level 2 certified sommelier and a year one Master of Wine student(2019).  Laurie is a distinction graduate from the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy and has served as a judge for the SAA wines selection panel as well as the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and London based IWSC.

She works alongside the Sommelier Academy and Department of Tourism in training up young sommeliers across South Africa, overseeing the KZN division.