From the little town of Riebeek Kasteel to the President Hotel in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Sommelier Job Jovo is the newest family member to the hotel. In 2010, Job began his hospitality career as a waiter at The Royal Hotel, the oldest in the Western Cape. As the hotel always hosted the famous Swartland Revolution wine festival, Job was exposed to some of the most successful winemakers in the country, including Eben Sadie (Sadie Family Wines), Chris Mullineux (Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines) and Tongai Joseph Dhafana (La Colombe). This coupled with the temptation of the surrounding vineyards of Swartland, inspired Job to pursue the hospitality industry further and see what the world of wines had to offer.
“I took my first step by enrolling with the Cape Wine Academy in 2013 which I am very grateful for as they equipped me with an extensive knowledge on the South African wines. I became very passionate and very hungry to learn more about wine and therefore enrolled with the Wines & Spirit Education Trust, governed by the International Wines Education Centre based in London and acquired my WEST level 3 in 2015.” From there, Job became a member of the South African Sommelier Association in 2015, being trained by experienced Sommeliers such as Higgo Jacobs and Joakim Hansi Blackadder.
Job’s wine journey became one of excitement when he began working at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl, early 2015. They hosted some of the biggest wine challenges such as the Old Mutual Trophies. “It was directed by my role model and inspiration, the famous wine critic Michael Fridjhon. When he speaks about wine, it feels so natural and easy – that’s what I want”.
In September, 2016, Job spread his wings and joined the President Hotel. “I love the energy of the hotel and I look forward to contributing to the development of the wine culture, especially with their newly launched wine journey”.
Job’s focus will be on the new wine list at the hotel, the cocktails and the new artisanal gin collection. The new wine list at the President Hotel includes over 14 different wine farms, providing guests with the best wine selections in the country. Some of the wine farms include Buitenverwachting, Leopard’s Leap, De Grendel, Rickety Bridge, Blaauwklippen and more.
With great wines comes great food, ideal for pairing with the hotel’s newly launched summer menu, creating even more reason to visit the hotel. Guests can treat themselves from any number of their mouth-watering starters from prosciutto, citrus, buffalo mozzarella, avocado and basil on a ciabatta or perhaps west coast mussels cooked in a creamy black bean and coconut sauce. For mains, guests can choose between a variety of vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes – wild mushroom risotto with parmesan shavings, salt and pepper squid with skinny fries, chargrilled lime and tartare sauce or a 300g smoked pork kassler, buttered pomme purée, roasted apples and mustard sauce. To end if all off, indulge in something a little sweeter such as their Tonka bean panna cotta with honeycomb and berries. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, The President has got you covered with their charcuterie platter, perfect with pairing the new wine selection or try a gourmet sandwich at Botany Café.
With Job’s expensive experience and passion for wine, paired with the hotel’s new delectable summer menu, guests will undoubtedly leave their stay at the President Hotel with an experience to remember.