Franschhoek Wine Valley

Meet Pierre Casanave – Veuve Cliquot winemaker

Adding to the excitement of this year’s festivities visitors can look forward to meeting celebrated Veuve Cliquot winemaker, Pierre Casenave, who will be making an appearance at this year’s festival. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne House situated in Reims, France is internationally recognized as producing one of the world’s finest Champagnes. A meet and greet certainly not to miss out on.

Born in 1977, Pierre Casenave grew up in the pyrénées atlantiques, renowned for tapas, ferias and rugby, a region closed to Spain. Pierre is an oenologist at the Champagne House Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France.

Casenave has had quite an original career path, as he studied pharmacy first during six years at the University of Bordeaux, majoring in chemistry.  During his fifth year, he continued with his chemistry studies in Pamplona, Spain. Thereafter, he completed a Doctorate Dissertation in Chemistry under the subject: ‘a chemical approach to the vinification in Bordeaux’. Pierre recognised his passion for Enology and obtained a diploma in Enology from the University of Montpellier. He then enrolled at Bordeaux International Wine Institute in 2007 and graduated an MBA Wine.

Professionally, Pierre has been a winemaker at prestigious wineries in Saint Emilion, Pomerol, as well as the Stellenbosch wine region in South Africa and in California.

Pierre Casenave joined Champagne Veuve Clicquot in 2008 as a winemaker in the wine communication team leaded by Cyril Brun. He is proud to belong to the tasting panel led by chef de caves Dominique Demarville, taking an active part in the creation of the finest quality blends for all of the House’s wines. He is also involved in the harvest and especially in the Chardonnay winemaking in Vertus. Casenave now plays a significant role in the communication efforts of Veuve Clicquot – tasting, promoting and training all over the world in French, English and Spanish.

Visit www.franschhoekmcc.co.za for more information on the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival.


Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.

 

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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za