Let’s Get Fizzical

South Africa’s premier bubbly festival returns after a two-year hiatus

It was only 50 years ago (a blink of an eye in the bubbly business) when Cap Classique first entered the South African wine sector, but in those years it has grown in leaps and bounds in both quality and status as a beloved South African staple associated with only the happiest of events. In the words of Benedictine monk Dom Perignon, “it’s like tasting the stars”.

In 1971 Cap Classique pioneer Frans Malan returned to South Africa after visiting the Champagne region in France and chose to embark on a mission to establish a Champagne-style wine in South Africa. The Champagne region is home to the world’s most famous naturally fermented sparkling wine method, and it was this technique that was first applied in South Africa and would go on to become known as Cap Classique. Champagne has famously restricted use of the term ‘Champagne’ to only apply to those wines produced in the region with this method. While South African Cap Classique uses the same traditional method (Méthode Cap Classique), the grapes of origin are South African making Cap Classique unique to our phenomenal wine region.

Today South Africa’s bottle-fermented sparkling wines are made using the classic varieties for this wine style: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in some blends. The wines express a variety of different terroirs, geographical diversity being one of the Cape’s calling cards. From the limestone rich soils of Robertson, the mountains of Stellenbosch and cool maritime regions of Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde, Cap Classique wines offer an enticing array of terroir expressions, and is a product South Africa should be proud of.

The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

It is with great pleasure that Sanlam Private Wealth will once again host South Africa’s premier bubbly festival after a two-year hiatus, where visitors to this highly-anticipated event can look forward to sipping on some of the finest local and international bubbles on offer. 

If that weren’t exciting enough, fashion will once again take centre stage with the theme ‘A sight in Blue and White’, while guests will savour sunshine, bubbles and majestic views. As per previous years, the best dressed couple will be awarded on both days.

Tickets, which include a tasting glass and tasting booklet, are available on Webtickets.

3 and 4 December 2022

Franschhoek Huguenot Monument

Blue & White

Sanlam Private Wealth

In order to create a Cap Classique that sets itself apart and rivals the world’s finest champagnes, a high level of craftsmanship is needed. It requires meticulous attention to detail, extensive skill, as well as dedication and innovation. In the same way that South African winemakers approach the crafting of their renowned Cap Classiques, Sanlam Private Wealth applies these principles to create customised wealth solutions for their clients, helping to preserve and grow their clients’ wealth – now and for generations to come.