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

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES -

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

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.

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