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Battle of the Bubblies – Seek Out the Best South African Sparkling Wine

Raise a glass to South Africa’s fastest growing wine category – Methode Cap Classique, or bubbly as it’s fondly known.

There’s nothing like a glass of this celebratory brew to lift your spirits during your stay in Cape Town accommodation and here are some hints for those who like to get things straight from the source.

You’ll find these purveyors of sparkling excellence all over the winelands so it’s easy to include them in your vineyard meanderings.

Boschendal, Franschhoek

Boschendal bubblies won world acclaim at the 2017 International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Touring this historic estate, visitors get to sample the fruits of a wine making tradition that spans 300 years. The estate’s boss of bubblies, winemaker Lizelle Gerber has spent years perfecting the Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut to this level of excellence.

The bubbly has a full and creamy mouth feel with wonderful hints of green apple, citrus hints and just a touch of brioche and almond biscotti.

Try with lunch at one of the estate’s farm-to-table restaurants and be sure to pack a few bottles to enjoy during your Cape stay and beyond.

Graham Beck, Robertson

This estate has become synonymous with fine South African sparkling wine. This third generation family-run business is famous as the personal choice of both Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama to celebrate his presidential inaugurations.

Recently, this Robertson estate has shifted its focus entirely to the production of their 7 varieties of MCC, with hints that a new variety may be on the cards soon. Visit this beautiful, modern estate for a sip of sparkling excellence a la Graham Beck.

Longridge, Stellenbosch

At Longridge, you’ll get panoramic views of False Bay and Table Mountain to enjoy with your bubbly when you visit this Helderberg estate.

These highly rated MCC creations are a long-time in the making but have started to make an appearance at several award ceremonies including the 2017 Sommeliers Selection.

More South African Sparkling Wine

Wherever you roam along the Cape’s fine wine routes you’ll find bubblies to celebrate.

Some of the other leading estates offering a chance to celebrate with the Cape’s own version of champagne include:

  • Domaine Des Dieux, Hemel & Aarde Valley
  • Genevieve, Bot River
  • Huis Van Chevallerie, Swartland
  • Silverthorn, Robertson
  • Steenberg, Constantia

Choose your own winner in the battle of the bubblies, it all starts when you book your Cape Town accommodation with us.

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