Lying beside the R62 in the hot and arid Little Karoo, the Graham Beck Winery is a welcome sight – an oasis with an air-conditioned tasting room, and bubbly on offer – sure to revive any flagging spirits.
Striking buildings painted in hues of peach, green and purple sit solidly in the harsh landscape, surrounded by bright coral trees and fever trees which are festooned with weaver birds’ nests. The imposing water feature at the entrance is lined with trees and dominated by a huge sculpture by Eduardo Villa.
Attention to detail goes beyond the making of bubblies, and can be seen in the classy accents of marble, wood, leather, copper, and glass indoors, and in the contemporary art hanging on the walls. Once inside and feeling cooler, collapse on the big leather couches and look out across the vineyards to the distant mountains while you taste some of South Africa’s best Cap Classique wines, made exactly as they are in Champagne in France. Their latest bubbly is called Gorgeous, and that’s just what a bubbly tasting is!
The Graham Beck team has done wonderful work in restoring and conserving huge tracts of lands on this estate, so they certainly have the right to brag a little, both on their labels and because they are a Biodiversity & Wine Initiative Champion.
Illustrated panels by Daniel du Plessis explain how Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) wine is produced and there is even an outsize riddling rack made from Perspex so that you can see how the final result is obtained, rotating and tilting the bottles a little further each week, until they are ready to be disgorged and corked.
You'll be tasting in special wider glasses as today the connoisseurs believe that they are better than flutes for champagne.I 'm not fussed about the glasses- these MCCs are fabulous whatever you drink them in!
Blanc de Blanc Brut 2011
Brut Zero 2011
Mon - Fri 09h00 - 17h00
Sat & Sun 10h00 - 16h00.
Graham Beck Wines, Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa, -33.80407, 19.80009999999993