The first batch of 10 Cape wine farm workers to benefit from overseas experience resulting from the South African Wine Industry Trust (SAWIT) programme depart for Dijon in Burgundy next month.

The group will be spending four weeks at a government sponsored specialist wine school in Beaune, then getting practical experience assisting on wine farms during the harvest.

The South African government has mandated SAWIT to advance the transformation of the wine industry, according to Martinus Saunderson, GM of the non-profit company.

"The group will also have the opportunity to taste world famous wines. This type of experience should prove very valuable in augmenting their winemaking skills and in strengthening the expertise of South Africa's future winemakers, " said Saunderson.