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Champagne

Champagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France following rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation.
The term "Champagne" is sometimes used as a generic term for sparkling wine, but the majority of countries reserve the term exclusively for sparkling wines that come from Champagne and are produced under the rules of the appellation. Even the terms "méthode champenoise" and "Champagne method" were forbidden by a European Union court decision in 1994. Now the description most often used for sparkling wines using the second fermentation in the bottle process, but not from the Champagne region, is "méthode traditionnelle".

Recent research indicates that moderate Champagne consumption may help brain cells recover from damage caused by Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and stroke. Champagne contains a large amount of polyphenols, antioxidants that are known to reduce oxidation and cell damage. A 2007 study by the University of Reading and the University of Cagliari revealed that people drinking Champagne had higher levels of brain cell restoration after exposure to neurotoxins than those not consuming Champagne; these results indicate that the polyphenols in Champagne may have a powerful restorative effect on the human brain.

Method Cap Classique

Methode Cap Classique or MCC denotes a South African sparkling wine made by the traditional Champagne method. Sauvignon blanc and Chenin blanc have been the traditional Cap Classique grapes but the use of Chardonnay and Pinot noir have been on the increase. Methode Cap Classique tends to be very fruity due to the high temperatures of the South African Wine lands.

Bubbly / Bubbles

For the purpose of this event and website all references to the wines whether just sparkling or MCC will be either "Bubbly" or "Bubbles".

Information about the different "Bubbles" will be provided at the event.

Vineyards

The "Bubbles" for this event are being showcased by the following South African vineyards and wine estates ...

Plettenvale Wines

Plettenvale Wines Plettenvale Boutique Vineyard and Winery is very excited to be part of the new “Wine of Origin Plettenberg Bay Region” that has already been scouted as the future “Champagne District” of South Africa. This is due partly to our attention to detail in the vineyard and winery and the cooler climatic conditions here in our region - being excellent for the cultivation of the high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes necessary for the production of Methode Cap Classic.
Our vines are planted on north slopes and take full advantage of the cool sea breezes that blow through our valley directly from the bay.
Our hand-crafted wines are produced with great care and precision. The Brut Rose MCC is fashioned in the French tradition from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and we were thrilled to receive the award of best Brut Rose MCC in South Africa 2015 for the Rose Rocks competition, a new initiative of Allen Mullins.

Saxenburg Wine Estate

Saxenburg Wine Estate Officially proclaimed in 1693, Saxenburg is one of the oldest farms in South Africa.
Thanks to the combination of the perfect natural conditions and a highly skilled and driven team, our wines have won the highest praise, not only in South Africa, but around the rest of the world.
The terroir at Saxenburg is perfectly suited to Shiraz and it is thanks to this varietal that Saxenburg has become a prominent South African export. Thanks to our wine maker’s belief that exceptional wines are made on the vine, we practise a well-managed system of summer pruning to keep yields low. With fewer bunches left, grapes mature into a finer quality and less craft is required in the cellar.
Although famous for our Shiraz, many of our wines - reds and whites - are enjoyed around the globe.



Avondale Wine Estate

Newstead™ Lund Family Vineyards The picturesque 160-hectare farm that is today known as Avondale has been under cultivation for more than 300 years. Early records show that the land was one of the first in the Paarl valley to be allocated specifically for the production of wine grapes. At Avondale we practise sustainable and natural viticulture in line with our ethos Terra Est Vita – ‘Soil is Life’. We know that for the land and the business to thrive, every aspect of our living system must also thrive. In everything that we do, we uphold the key principle of Life – to constantly create conditions conducive to more Life. We include our business partners and customers in our holistic view of our vineyard ecosystem and wine-making process. We know that there is an ever-increasing network that cares, as we do, about both sustainability and quality. We are inspired to hand-craft our organically-made, premium quality wines so that we ultimately offer customers an extraordinary experience approved by Mother Nature.

Bramon Wine Estate

Bramon Wine Estate Bramon Wine Estate, is a boutique Wine Estate (250 ton Cellar) named after Peter and Caroline Thorpe's children, Bram and Manon and is the first Estate this far East of the Western Cape, situated 20km East of Plettenberg Bay in a mountainous area called The Crags. This family run estate has broken new ground by pioneering vineyards in the Plettenberg Bay area, producing an award winning Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine and now a beautiful still Sauvignon blanc “The Crags” has added to the range. Having grown up on a wine farm in Worcester, Peter had an inherent passion for wine and working the land. On discovering a piece of land in The Crags with gentle slopes and cool sea breezes, Peter found the conditions excellent for vine growth. The first vines, Sauvignon Blanc, were planted in 2000 pioneering wine growth in Plettenberg Bay which has subsequently been classified as a Wine of Origin region. A coup for the area! Having paved the way for 18 other wine farms in the area, Peter Thorpe hopes to create a ‘Sparkling Wine Route’ - adding yet another facet to the Jewel of The Garden Route.

Haute Cabrière Wine Farm

Haute Cabriere Wine Farm Haute Cabriere - The Home of Pierre Jourdan is committed to producing wines and Cap Classiques exclusively from the noble cultivars Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Following French tradition, the farm’s still wines are named after the property - Haute Cabriere - and the Cap Classique range is named after the original founder, Pierre Jourdan, a French Huguenot who was granted the land in 1694 and planted the first vines. Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim share’s his father’s fundamental wine growing philosophy of “sun, soil, vine, man”, which revolves around the perfect harmony of nature’s elements coming together to create magic - with man playing only the role of a respectful conductor in creating a sum that’s bigger than its parts. This philosophy is embodied in the sundial that adorns the entrance to Haute Cabriere’s Tasting Room.

Newstead™ Lund Family Vineyards

Newstead™ Lund Family Vineyards It was a visit to New Zealand that inspired us to make wine, and it’s no coincidence that we chose to do it in a region that shares many of the same characteristics. The Plettenberg Bay Wine of Origin region has a comparable geography and climate. As in New Zealand, it is especially favourable to the varieties we grow – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our vineyards also enjoy similar temperatures, sunlight and cool night breezes, the benefits of which are maximised by the north-south planting of our vines. We believe that small is special. We know and nurture each vine. We use organic fertilisers and recycled grey water. We pay meticulous attention to detail. And because we prioritise quality over quantity, we don’t cut costs, even taking the unusual step of using netting over our vines, which results in unusually good grapes: they’re some of the most unblemished any farmer is ever likely to see, and they’re put to good use by our award-winning winemaker, Anton Smal.

Saxenburg Wine Estate

Saxenburg Wine Estate Officially proclaimed in 1693, Saxenburg is one of the oldest farms in South Africa.
Thanks to the combination of the perfect natural conditions and a highly skilled and driven team, our wines have won the highest praise, not only in South Africa, but around the rest of the world.
The terroir at Saxenburg is perfectly suited to Shiraz and it is thanks to this varietal that Saxenburg has become a prominent South African export. Thanks to our wine maker’s belief that exceptional wines are made on the vine, we practise a well-managed system of summer pruning to keep yields low. With fewer bunches left, grapes mature into a finer quality and less craft is required in the cellar.
Although famous for our Shiraz, many of our wines - reds and whites - are enjoyed around the globe.

Ayama Wines

Ayama Wines The property was bought by Slent Farms Company in 2005 from Chris and Judy New, and the Italian owners set out in a bold new direction. Attilio and Michela, with their partners – all Italian friends who love South Africa and have deep faith in its future – made the first Slent wine in 2005. The first day of the harvest was unforgettable, and it will be part of the Slent story for ever. The wine was named “AYAMA” – a Xhosa word meaning “someone to lean on” – as the owners believe their Slent adventure leans on friendship and love.

Bramon Wine Estate

Bramon Wine Estate Bramon Wine Estate, is a boutique Wine Estate (250 ton Cellar) named after Peter and Caroline Thorpe's children, Bram and Manon and is the first Estate this far East of the Western Cape, situated 20km East of Plettenberg Bay in a mountainous area called The Crags. This family run estate has broken new ground by pioneering vineyards in the Plettenberg Bay area, producing an award winning Methode Cap Classique sparkling wine and now a beautiful still Sauvignon blanc “The Crags” has added to the range. Having grown up on a wine farm in Worcester, Peter had an inherent passion for wine and working the land. On discovering a piece of land in The Crags with gentle slopes and cool sea breezes, Peter found the conditions excellent for vine growth. The first vines, Sauvignon Blanc, were planted in 2000 pioneering wine growth in Plettenberg Bay which has subsequently been classified as a Wine of Origin region. A coup for the area! Having paved the way for 18 other wine farms in the area, Peter Thorpe hopes to create a ‘Sparkling Wine Route’ - adding yet another facet to the Jewel of The Garden Route.

Rare Earth Vineyards

Rare Earth Vineyards The award winning Rare Earth Vineyards are nestled in the heart of the picturesque PlettWinelands. This magnificent vineyard, originally a Protea farm, was purchased by Chick Legh in 2004 and incorporated into his neighbouring farm, Rondebosch. Combined, the farms form an impressive 220 hectare working polo farm and vineyard. The original farm house, aptly named Rare Earth Country House, has been converted into luxury accommodation whilst maintaining its authenticity.
The vineyards roll across five hectares of resplendent hills, beyond which lies the breath taking mountainous terrain of the Keurboom's River Nature Reserve and Forestry. The vineyards currently produce three varietals namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Rosendal Winery

Rosendal Winery Rosendal wines are chosen and prepared by one of South Africa's leading and award-winning winemakers, Therese de Beer. Her knowledge and mastery, combined with the quality standard of the Winery, give a unique guarantee when it comes to the individuality of Rosendal's premier wines.
All our wines are handcrafted with inspiration drawn from the beautiful and fertile surrounding Robertson Wine Valley. As the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity, all grapes are carefully handpicked. Rosendal wines are presently only available to an exclusive market in South Africa.

Saxenburg Wine Estate

Saxenburg Wine Estate Officially proclaimed in 1693, Saxenburg is one of the oldest farms in South Africa.
Thanks to the combination of the perfect natural conditions and a highly skilled and driven team, our wines have won the highest praise, not only in South Africa, but around the rest of the world.
The terroir at Saxenburg is perfectly suited to Shiraz and it is thanks to this varietal that Saxenburg has become a prominent South African export. Thanks to our wine maker’s belief that exceptional wines are made on the vine, we practise a well-managed system of summer pruning to keep yields low. With fewer bunches left, grapes mature into a finer quality and less craft is required in the cellar.
Although famous for our Shiraz, many of our wines – reds and whites – are enjoyed around the globe.

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