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  1. Franschhoek Vignerons go pop at Amorim Cork Challenge

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    Awards season is in full swing with the 2019 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge results being the latest to be announced. The Franschhoek Wine Valley was well represented with four of its producers scooping awards in the relevant categories.

    In the Blanc de Blanc category not only did Colmant receive Double Gold for their Colmant Blanc de Blanc NV, but they were also announced as the category winner.


    Joining Colmant in this category were Anthonij Rupert Wyne (L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2013) and Noble Hill (Blanc de Blanc 2016), who were each awarded Gold. In the Brut category Boschendal received Gold for their Grand Cuveé Brut 2017, with Anthonij Rupert Wyne receiving another Gold for their Brut Rosé NV in the Blanc de Noir category.

    Ending off on a high note, not only was Boschendal announced as a Double Gold and category winner in the Museum Class for its Jean de Long Prestige Cuveé, but also Best Overall Cap Classique for this superb MCC. The latter award is bestowed on a Cap Classique which is regarded as a phenomenal example of a MCC.


    According to Amorim Cork South Africa MD, Joaquim Sá, Cap Classique is in a better and sparklier state than ever. The purpose of the competition is to highlight the quality of South African Cap Classique.

  2. Franschhoek swings into Spring

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    The Franschhoek Wine Valley has been blessed with an abundance of much needed rain this past season. Not only is the Berg River dam full, but the valley is looking absolutely spectacular. The trees are in full bloom as their blossoms symbolise the first signs of Spring and the vineyards are looking healthy and green, as they embrace the warmer weather.

    Vineyards at Noble Hill

    This calls for celebration and what better opportunity than raising a glass of Franschhoek bubbly than on 1 September, which is not only the first official day of Spring, but it also happens to be Cap Classique Day. Celebrated both nationally and internationally as a leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) region, not only is Franschhoek home to some of SA’s finest MCC’s, but we also have the country’s first MCC route, with more than 24 MCC producers.

    Boschendal Methode Cap Classique

    Spring is also the perfect opportunity to sample new release wines. Diarise the weekend of 14 and 15 September for our annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. Welcome in the warmer weather as you travel from farm to farm sampling some of the superb wines the valley has become known for. Participating wineries will be showcasing some of their crowd favourites as well as a handful of new release gems.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    With a few festival specials on offer now is the ideal time to stock up for the end of year holiday season. Not only will they be pulling out the stops to showcase their finest offerings, but expect to find some added attractions to ensure a truly memorable Uncorked visit.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    Pre-booked tickets, valid for both days, cost R180 per person, which can be purchased via Tickets purchased on the day, at the participating wine farms, will cost R200 each. For the detailed programme and accommodation specials contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit

    Ending September on a high note will be the final Franschhoek Mystery Weekend, which takes place over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Ideally suited to couples your weekend is pre-planned from check in to check out, and holds the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on

    The bonus of this weekend is that it also allows for ample time to take a leisurely stroll up Franschhoek’s main road, where you’ll uncover a plethora of retail gems. These include art galleries as well as stylish clothing and exquisite décor boutiques. Don’t leave Franschhoek without making time to browse one or two of these gems, guaranteed to have something for you to take home as a reminder of your time in the valley.

    Indian Summer, Franschhoek

    September is also Tourism Month. The purpose of Tourism Month is to encourage South African locals to explore their country in an effort to showcase the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.  With school holidays upon us and another long weekend in store towards the end of this month (Heritage Day on 24 September) why not plan your trip to Franschhoek now. Be it a day visit, an overnight stay or a weekend escape, Franschhoek has something for everyone. For a list of things to do in and around the valley visit our website

    Rupert & Rothschild Tasting

    Cheers to a fabulous September!

  3. Paul Gerber joins Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne as winemaker

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    Our Colmant 2019 harvest is in full swing, with the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir looking promising.

    It is a year of exciting changes and growth at Colmant.

    In our continuing journey to produce the finest boutique Cap Classique in South Africa, we are thrilled that Paul Gerber, one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique makers, will be joining the Colmant Cap Classique and Champagne team as winemaker.

    Paul comes with a wealth of knowledge. He is also currently doing his master’s degree in “the use of cork as a closure and winemaking tool for bottle fermented sparkling wines during ageing on yeast lees” in collaboration with Stellenbosch University, the University of Rheims in Champagne and the research bodies Winetech and Nietvoobij in Stellenbosch.

    Paul started his career as a maths teacher. His wife, Dr Berna Gerber, is a senior lecturer of the department Speech and Language at Stellenbosch University. They have a small son, Jean, who adds even more sparkle to their lives!

    Paul and JP Colmant will be joining their passion to further grow the quality of Colmant Cap Classique, as well as the Cap Classique category in South Africa.

    “I am thrilled and excited for the road ahead with Paul. This will allow us to reach the next level of excellence”

    Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne recent awards:

    • Colmant Cap Classique BRUT CHARDONNAY NV – Platter’s 2018 – FIVE STARS
    • Colmant Cap Classique BRUT CHARDONNAY NV – Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 2018 – BEST BLANC DE BLANCS
    • Colmant Cap Classique ABSOLU ZERO DOSAGE NV – Platter’s 2019 – FIVE STARS
  4. Meet Pierre Casanave – Veuve Cliquot winemaker

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    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 for more information on the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival.