Fizzy start to festive season
The Magic of Bubbles festival in Franschhoek will put visitors in party mode with stylish Cap Classiques and French Champagnes
making as a hobby. In the case of Nick and Gaye Davies, who exchanged life in Durban for Franschhoek Pass farm in 2003, an introduction to bubbly-making saw a maiden vintage of 1 200 bottles.
Now, they make a range of Morena Cap Classiques that includes Ancienne, a sparkling tribute to the Gallic past. Each cork is secured with string, as was the case in France prior to 1855 when the wire “cage” or muselet was introduced. The wine, produced from pinot noir and chardonnay and left on the lees for two years, was finished with a splash of Muscat d’Alexandrie brandy. The cellar also stocks two brands of French champagne, including Thierry Lesne brut and rosé. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners of the first Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced last week. The first category was for wine made from organically grown grapes and the second was for environmentally sustainable farming .
Lazanou Organic Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2008 was named the best white and best wine overall, followed by Laibach The Ladybird Red 2007 as runner-up and best red.
In the second category, Oak Valley Wines in Elgin was pronounced the winner. Waverley Hills, an organic producer between Tulbagh and Ceres is the runner-up.
More awards, with an international flavour, saw Rust en Vrede restaurant and cellar scoop the Global Wine Tourism honours for 2010. Vergelegen took first place in the arts and culture category, Cloof in Darling for its Sustainable Wine Tourism practices, Robertson Wine Valley for best Innovative Wine Tourism Experience and Waterford estate for service excellence.
GLOWING IN GREEN: Oak Valley Wines in Elgin is the Green Award winner for environmental practices.