There’s always reason to celebrate … even in a year like 2020! Birthdays, weddings, births, not to mention the end of a horrible year and entry into what we all hope is going to be a much better one! And no celebration is perfect without sparkling wine.
There’s no better way to stock up for the festive season – and the year ahead – than visiting Franschhoek’s Cap Classique Route, the first of its kind in South Africa, sampling the various bubblies and purchasing your favourites.
Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique producing areas, the route was established a few years ago and boasts more than 20 producers ready to welcome visitors and showcase their Cap Classique offerings. These range from large traditional estates to the smaller, lesser known niche producers.
Franschhoek has been making great strides in the quality of their MCCs in recent years and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country. The philosophies of the winemakers responsible for producing these superb Cap Classiques range from the so-called Old World to the New World, resulting in a diverse range of sparkling wines. This is reaffirmed by the numerous industry accolades bestowed on some of the region’s producers, which include Le Lude (2021 5-star Platter recipient) and L’Ormarins (gold medal winner and recipient of the “Best Rosé” for their Brut Rosé NV at the 2020 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge).
One of the unique characteristics of this route is that visitors have the opportunity to tailor-make their experience by means of a user friendly Cap Classique Route map, which can be downloaded via this link https://franschhoek.org.za/routes/franschhoek_cap_classique_route/. Alternatively a map is also available from the tourism office.
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a day trip to Franschhoek is a breeze, but why not treat yourself (and that someone special) to an overnight escape, or better yet, a weekend getaway. Perfect for your Cap Classique adventure, Franschhoek offers a wide range of accommodation – from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts and self-catering establishments.
For more information on things to do in and around Franschhoek this season, visit www.franschhoek.org.za.