When it comes to Cap Classique, South Africa stands tall in the world of sparkling wines. As a passionate wine enthusiast and blogger, I’ve had the pleasure of exploring the enchanting world of Cap Classique across the Western Cape. In this blog post, I’m thrilled to share my personal journey and unveil my favourite Cap Classique wineries that are a must-visit for any wine lover seeking effervescent excellence.
Haute Cabrière: Where Tradition Meets Romance – Franschhoek
Website: Haute Cabrière
Located in the totally romantic and French-inspired Franschhoek Wine Valley, Haute Cabrière is a name synonymous with Cap Classique finesse. The breathtaking view from their tasting room alone is worth the visit. Here, I discovered the magic of their Pierre Jourdan range, where tradition and modernity converge in every sip. The blending of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir creates a captivating Cap Classique that dances on the palate.
What’s more, is that Haute Cabriere has a super new restaurant boasting a panoramic view of the Franschhoek Wine Valley as your backdrop. The restaurant, known for its elegant and contemporary French-inspired cuisine, offers a menu that perfectly complements Haute Cabrière’s exceptional Cap Classique wines. Whether you’re indulging in a gourmet lunch or savouring a romantic dinner, the restaurant’s warm and inviting ambience, coupled with impeccable service, creates an unforgettable dining experience.
Taste the below Cap Classiques for R110 each. Add a 3 macaron pairing for R40 per person extra.
- Pierre Jourdan Brut
- Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose
- Pierre Jourdan Belle Nectar
- Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs
- Add a 3 macaron pairing | R40 pp
Villiera: Sparkle with an African Safari Twist! – Stellenbosch
Villiera Estate, situated in Stellenbosch, is not only known for its remarkable Cap Classique but also for its safari game drive. Here, you can embark on an exhilarating safari adventure, guided by knowledgeable rangers, to encounter a variety of indigenous wildlife with my favourite being the Giraffe.
This one-of-a-kind combination of wine tasting and safari game drive allows you to savour the flavours of Villiera’s superb Cap Classique and connect with the natural beauty of the estate, making it an unforgettable and immersive experience for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Villiera offers a diverse range of Cap Classique wines, from classic Brut styles to vintage releases and innovative blends. This variety allows wine enthusiasts to explore different expressions of Cap Classique, catering to various preferences. Their Tradition Brut and Monro Brut are prime examples of their sparkling excellence.
Enjoy a Cap Classique Tasting of 6 for just R90 per person – Starlight Brut, Brut Natural, Tradition Brut, Tradition Brut Rosé, Monro Brut, Domaine Grier Brut. The game drive is from R300 per person.
They do not have a restaurant, so visit early and then go for lunch in the surrounding areas afterwards. Beyerskloof is just up the road and offers the most amazing Pinotage burgers!
Graham Beck: A Local Celebrity – Robertson
Website: Graham Beck
No list of Cap Classique wineries is complete without Graham Beck. Located in the Robertson Wine Valley, this Cap Classique brand is synonymous with South Africa and can be found in almost every retailer across the country. Graham Beck’s dedication to producing exceptional Cap Classique dates back to 1983 when the late Graham Beck himself recognized the potential for world-class sparkling wine in South Africa.
The tasting room is slightly outdated however the experience is still local and lekker. They have a range of unique pairing seasons like a “popcorn and bubbly” pairing so be sure to check what’s on offer and book upfront.
Graham Beck’s Blanc de Blancs is celebrated as one of the finest examples of its kind. Crafted exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, it embodies elegance, finesse, and a captivating depth of flavour. They also have a bone dry zero dosage Cap Classique which is absolutely a favourite! Graham Beck Cap Classique wines have received numerous prestigious awards and accolades, both nationally and internationally, a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality and consistency.
Taste 4 Cap Classique wines from just R90 per person. The popcorn pairing is R180 per person and they also offer an olive and olive oil pairing for R170 per person.
Be sure to book in advance. Note, that this tasting room does not offer a restaurant but they do have harvest platters from 200.
Charles Fox: Boutique Brilliance – Elgin
Website: Charles Fox
A hidden gem in the Elgin Valley, Charles Fox is where boutique brilliance meets Cap Classique craftsmanship. I was enchanted by the intimacy of their estate and the exquisite taste of their MCCs, we were greeted by the owners themselves! The Charles Fox Blanc de Blancs and Rosé captivated me with their depth of flavour and finesse. They have a beautiful balcony area overlooking the Elgin Valley!
Charles Fox is situated in the cool-climate Elgin Valley of South Africa. This region’s high-altitude vineyards and unique terroir contribute distinctive flavours and acidity to the grapes, resulting in wines with a fresh and elegant character. As a boutique winery, Charles Fox can focus on attention to detail and artisanal winemaking. The limited production allows for meticulous care of the grapes and individualized winemaking techniques.
Taste their full range for R150 per person.
They are a family-run business so be sure to book in advance. Note, that this tasting room does not offer a restaurant.
J.C. Le Roux: A Cap Classique Journey – Stellenbosch
Website: J.C. Le Roux
In the heart of Stellenbosch, J.C. Le Roux pays tribute to the South African tradition of sparkling wine. JC Le Roux is a South African brand with a rich history dating back to 1704. This long-standing heritage reflects the brand’s commitment to producing Cap Classique wines that showcase the essence of South African terroir and winemaking traditions. Although this wine farm has a strong heritage, it is one of the most modern wineries in the Western Cape.
J.C. Le Roux has become a favourite among locals for their sweeter offerings with a very popular Nougat and Bubbly pairing. They also have a great museum area where you can learn how Cap Classique is made. J.C. Le Roux does have a restaurant but be sure to book in advance. Whether it’s the bubbly charm of J.C. Le Roux La Chanson or the premium elegance of Scintilla, this winery knows how to make every moment sparkle.
Krone: Heritage Excellence – Tulbagh
Tulbagh’s Krone Estate is located at Twee Jonge Gezellen, meaning “Two Young Companions”. The underground cellar tour and Cap Classique tasting with views of the Tulbagh mountains was a truly unforgettable experience. The estate’s rich history, dating back to the 18th century, does not mean that this winery is not modern. Their beautiful wine-tasting terrace is furnished with the most modern seating arrangements and all Cap Classique is served professionally in Riedel Glasses.
Taste 4 cap classique wines out of Riedel glasses from R80 per person. They are extremely strict on booking times so be sure to book in advance and arrive on time. Note, that this tasting room does not offer a restaurant.
Simonsig: A Pioneering Legacy – Stellenbosch
Simonsig in Stellenbosch is not only steeped in history but also known for pioneering Cap Classique in South Africa. A visit to their picturesque estate and a taste of Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé will make you appreciate their role in sparkling wine history. The ultimate experience at this winery is of course their sebrage! You can book this and they will teach you how to do a proper sabrage!
Taste a range of Cap Classique wine for just R75 per person. Enquire about the sabrage experience to ensure they can arrange it upfront. Simonsig also has a range of platters from R205 and they do have a restaurant on site.
L’Ormorans: Decadent Bubbles and High Tea – Franschhoek
Website: Lormarins Estate
Before we dive into the decadent world of Cap Classique and high tea, let’s take a moment to appreciate the sheer beauty of L’Ormarins Estate. Situated at the foot of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains, this idyllic estate boasts rolling vineyards, lush gardens, and a charming Cape Dutch-style manor house. The serene surroundings set the stage for a truly enchanting experience.
After indulging in the sparkling delights of Cap Classique, you have to experience the refined elegance of high tea at L’Ormarins. The menu features a delectable array of sweet and savoury treats, from delicate finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves to an assortment of exquisite pastries and desserts. Each item is a work of culinary art, thoughtfully prepared to pair harmoniously with Lormarins’ Cap Classique wines.
The high tea can be booked from R295 per person or taste 4 Cap Classique wines R80 per person. Please do book beforehand to secure your experience. There is a restaurant at this winery called Terra del Cappo.
If you are into classic cars, you can book a chauffeur to drive you around the estate in a vintage car and you can book a tour at the classic car museum.
Steenberg: A Crown Jewel – Constantia
Website: Steenberg Wine Estate
Constantia is often hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions, and Steenberg Wine Estate is an exquisite gem within it. This historic estate, which dates back to 1682, showcases lush vineyards, a gracious Cape Dutch-style manor house, and panoramic views of the Constantiaberg Mountains. Despite having so much heritage, this is one of the most modern looking wine estates in South Africa.
Begin your journey with a visit to their tasting room, where a warm welcome awaits. Knowledgeable staff guide you through an array of sparkling treasures, explaining the nuances of each wine. At Steenberg, the pleasure of Cap Classique extends to the dining table. The estate boasts a super restaurant where you can savour culinary creations that harmonize flawlessly with their sparkling wines. From delectable seafood dishes to elegant afternoon tea, each dining experience is a symphony of flavours designed to enhance your Cap Classique tasting adventure.
Taste 4 Cap Classique for R175 per person.
Canto: Sweet delights – Durbanville
Website: Canto Wine Estate
Beyond the tasting room, the Durbanville Wine Valley offers a captivating tapestry of natural beauty. The vineyards, set against the backdrop of the Tygerberg Hills, provide an ideal setting for a leisurely stroll or a picnic amidst the vines. It’s a chance to savor the beauty of nature while sipping on the elegance of Canto’s Cap Classique.
No Cap Classique tasting journey is complete without exquisite pairings. Canto Wine Estate understands this well and offers a selection of culinary experiences that complement their sparkling wines flawlessly. From artisanal cheese platters, pizza and a wonderful macaron pairing. Each bite enhances the nuances of Canto’s Cap Classique, creating a symphony of flavours.
Taste 4 Cap Classique for R85 per person or try their Macaron pairing for R140 per person.
Note, that bookings beforehand are a must. Canto does have a restaurant and is very kid-friendly.
South Africa’s Cap Classique wineries are a testament to the nation’s sparkling wine prowess. Each of these wineries offers a unique and delightful experience, from the breathtaking views at Haute Cabrière to the boutique charm of Charles Fox. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious explorer, these wineries promise a sparkling journey through South African Cap Classique.
So, raise your glasses to the effervescent world of Cap Classique in South Africa, and let your senses be delighted by the magic of sparkling wine. Plan your visits and savour the excellence that defines these remarkable estates. Cheers to an unforgettable Cap Classique adventure!
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