Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. 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
  2. The Best Way To Enjoy Your Favourite Franschhoek Bubbly This Festive Season

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    Gone are the days when Méthode Cap Classique (MCC), or Bubbly as it is also fondly referred to, was only enjoyed at special occasions. These days it has become the preferred drink of choice for any occasion – sundowner, brunch, or with a meal. In fact, any occasion is suited to the perfect MCC and the Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of SA’s finest bubblies.

    Have you heard about the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route?

    This is where you’ll find no less than 24 Cap Classique producers, and include well-known brands such as Morena, L’Ormarins, Colmant, Le Lude and Boschendal to name but a few. The bespoke Franschhoek Cap Classique Route allows visitors to tailor make their MCC experience. The route extends from Babylonstoren all the way through to Franschhoek Pass Winery, affording visitors an all-round experience of the region’s world-class offerings. With the help of a user friendly map (available to download from or in hard copy format from the Info Office) you can create your own unique Franschhoek Cap Classique experience. Whether it’s a quick day trip to the valley or a leisurely weekend experience, the route is perfectly catered to all bubbly enthusiasts.

    Franschhoek MCC Route

    Self-drive or wine tram:

    The Franschhoek Cap Classique Route is ideally suited to self-drive experiences, but if you prefer to take in as much as possible without having to concentrate too much on the road then the Franschhoek Wine Tram is the perfect alternative. The tram currently operates on eight routes within the valley, all of which include an MCC producer along the way.

    Franschhoek Wine Tram

    Uncover world-class MCC’s at SA’s social calendar event

    If you happen to find yourself in the valley during the weekend of 1 and 2 December you’re bound to find yourself in Cap Classique heaven as you get to sample a plethora of local and international MCC’s. The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth, is the perfect way to end 2018 and usher in the festive season. The spectacular Huguenot Monument serves as the spectacular backdrop for the weekend’s festivities, where you’ll have no excuse but to sit back, relax and sample the wide range of bubblies on offer. The grand marquee – the place to be seen – will be oozing style, elegance and sophistication, as you mingle with local MCC producers as well as a handful of international brands. Adding to the superb offering will be a selection of delectable delights, on offer from some of Franschhoek’s world-class eateries. Pre-booking to this social calendar highlight is essential as tickets sell out fast. R395 per person includes entry, a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons. For bookings and more details visit

    Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, 1 & 2 December

    365 days of the year to enjoy bubbly bliss

    Unable to attend the festival? Not a problem. When you’re next in Franschhoek – especially during the warmer months – make time to indulge a decadent High Tea or relaxing picnic. Both being the perfect opportunities to sip and savour a fine Franschhoek MCC. With their breathtaking views, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, La Motte and La Residence are the epitome of High Tea destinations. For the ultimate in picnic experiences then look no further than Boschendal.

    Boschendal picnic

    Come rain or shine, everyday should be a day to enjoy a glass of your favourite Franschhoek MCC.

  3. Win four tickets to the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

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    Vivacious, social, and sophisticated, Champagne is truly one of the most delightful wines one can serve.

    But do you really know your bubbles?

     Share your quirky and fun facts about Champagne and surprise us!

     Stand a chance of winning

    four tickets
    (valued at R800)

    to the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne festival,
    presented by MasterCard on 30 November & 1 December 2013,
    courtesy of Franschhoek Wine Valley

     To enter, simply visit
    and comment on the competition post
    by sharing your fun facts

    The more facts you share,
    the greater your chance is of winning!

     After commenting, please share the competition
    with your friends!

     Competition entries close on Wednesday 20 November 2013.


    Entries close on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 17h00.
    Winners announced Thursday, 21 November 2013 at 12h00.
    Entrants should be older than 18 years.
    Flights and transport not included in prize.
    The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into.
    Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.