I was delighted to be one of the first to complete The Cap Classique Producer’s Association first level Cap Classique First Star course in partnership with the Cape Wine Academy.
This educational initiative is the brainchild of Pieter ‘Bubbles’ Ferreira, Chair of the Cap Classique Association, in response to a tremendous growing interest in the Cap Classique category. “There is far more to Cap Classique than meets the eye! Trust me. Just stylistically there are so many variables,” says Pieter. “There is so much to learn about the intricacies of Cap Classique and discerning the diverse styles that have emerged since 1971 when the first Cap Classique was produced.”
Pieter has presented the Champagne and Sparkling Wine module at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy since its inception in 2007. “This experience made me aware of the gap that exists in understanding wine with bubbles in it. Each year we have managed to improve the understanding of how to evaluate sparkling wine with the emphasis on Cap Classique,” he says, “although the explosion of interest in the category in recent years calls for a well-supported dedicated education platform.”
The Cap Classique Academy is committed to teaching, training and sharing the love of South Africa’s bottle fermented bubbly in three levels of learning presented by the Cape Wine Academy. “This series of courses specialising in the art, science and appreciation of Cap Classique has been taking shape over quite some time and aligns perfectly with the Cape Wine Academy’s goal to advance South African wine education. Together with Pieter and the Cap Classique Association, we have shared ideas and expertise to present an exciting three-tier journey through the constellation of Cap Classique starting with this Level 1 First Star course,” says Cape Wine Master Heidi Duminy, Principal of the Cape Wine Academy.
Level 1: The First Star in Cap Classique Course
A fun and exciting interactive encounter with Cap Classique in a three-hour session. It includes the basics of how South Africa’s finest bubbles are made, practical service rituals, tips to make the most of your appreciation as well as a tasting journey through the various styles and expressions of the category. This course is aimed at anyone who has the slightest curiosity in Cap Classique from complete beginners to enthusiastic lovers of bubbles.
How do you enrol?
The Cap Classique First Star course is available from 23 April in Johannesburg, Cape Town and the Winelands as well as on offer for private bookings for 8 people or more, Further course venues will be launched according to demand. The course cost is R795 per person.