CAP CLASSIQUE PRODUCERS SERIOUS ABOUT SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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CAP CLASSIQUE PRODUCERS SERIOUS ABOUT SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Cap Classique may be regarded as glamorous, festive, or the choice of the opulent, but now the producers of Cap Classique have also shown their social responsibility commitment by donating towards the restoration of self-worth of rural children.
With the inaugural Investec Joburg Bubbly Festival in 2011 the Cap Classique Association decided that all profits made would be donated towards a project dubbed 1000 Sparkling Faces. The name chosen is fitting as the aim is to change the way children, often from challenging backgrounds, look at themselves, to inspire them to live beyond their circumstances, and to make their faces sparkle again.

Children from farms and townships in the winelands of the Robertson valley are collected with buses for more than twenty events per year. At these events they receive food and drink, fleece jackets in winter, and are entertained with games, puppet shows, dancing, lucky draws, singing, décor and drama. The project is run by more than forty volunteers of King’s Church International Robertson ultimately directed by Philip Jonker, one of the Cap Classique Members.
“Although we can’t change everyone’s circumstance, we can change the way they value themselves, inspire them to dream and establish the knowledge that each child is special” – Philip Jonker from Weltevrede Wine Estate.

The 1000 Sparkling Faces donation for the first year is R60 000.00. This is over and above the social responsibility commitments made by individual producers of Cap Classique. The current members of the Cap Classique Association are:
Allee Bleue Wines Groot Constantia Quoin Rock Winery
Ambeloui Wine Cellar Groote Post Vineyards Robertson Winery
Anura Hazendal Wine Estate Ross Gower Wines
Avondale Wines High Constantia Saltare
Avontuur Houtbay Vineyards Saronsberg Cellar
Bon Courage Klein Constantia Silverthorn Wines
Boschendal Klein Optenhorst Simonsig
Bramon Wines KWV Steenberg Vineyards
Buitenverwachting La Chaumiere Sterhuis
Cederberg Private Cellar La Motte Tanzanite Wines
Chabivin Champagne & MCC House Laborie Estate (including KWV) Teddy Hall Wines
Charles Fox L’Avenir (Laroche) The Company of Wine People
Chevallerie Family Trust Le Lude Wines The House of JC le Roux
Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne Longridge Winery The House of Krone
Constantia Uitsig Lourensford Winery Topiary Wines
Darling Cellars Mariëtte Cap Classique Van Loveren Vineyards
De Grendel Wines Meerendal Veraison
De Wetshof Mooiplaas Landgoed Viljoensdrift Wines
Dieu Donné Morena at Franschhoek Pass Winery Villiera Wines
Domaine des Dieux Môreson Waverley Hills Organic Wine
Du Preez Estate Morgenhof Weltevrede Etsate
Eikendal Vineyards Muratie Estate Wildekrans Estate
Francois la Garde My Wyn Wonderfontein Estate
Genevieve MCC Namaqua Wines Zorgvliet Wines
GM & Ahrens Oenosense Consulting
Graham Beck Wines Pierre Jourdan at Cabrière

Next time you enjoy a bottle of Cap Classique, you are not only guaranteed of a quality commitment of the producers of Cap Classique, but also that amongst more than a thousand others a child’s life may be changed.

Addition information
The Cap Classique Producers Association (CCPA) was established in 1992 by a group of like-minded producers who share a passion for bottle-fermented sparkling wines, made according to the traditional method (Méthode Champenoise). Their version is to promote South Africa’s premium Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) wines, as well as the common interests of the producers. They also intend to establish MCC as a generic term to describe these wines, ensuring that it is recognized both locally and in the international marketplace.
The Association is constantly striving to improve the quality standards of all the members’ wines made according to this classic bottle-fermentation method. Significantly, all the serious producers of Cap Classique are members of the Association and they share a common objective of cultural and educational upliftment of the community.
Grapes are selected from a diversity of regions in the Cape, resulting in highly individual styles. Only specific white and red grape varieties are used to ensure delicate fruit and rich complexity. Grape Selection in the vineyards ensures that only perfectly healthy grapes are handpicked and brought to the cellar.
Whole bunch pressing is at the heart of the winemaking process, with only the first pressing, our cuveé, used to make the various base wines destined to be called Cap Classique. Individual base wines and blends are tasted annually by the Association’s own members to ensure that the final wine is of a high quality.
Once bottled, the bottles ferment and mature horizontally in cool, dark cellars for a minimum of twelve months. There are individual members who ensure much longer yeast contact time, depending on the style and vintage. After riddling and disgorging, Cap Classique wines are left to mature on the cork for some time, to ensure integration and balance. This commitment to quality is evident in your glass every time a Cap Classique cork is popped.

Cap Classique Festivals for 2012
• Cap Classique KZN Bubbly Cellebration in Durban and Midlands – 27 & 28 April 2012
• Joburg Bubbly Festival, a Celebration of Cap Classique and Champagne Johannesburg – 17th & 18th August (TBC)
• Magic of Bubbles – Franschhoek 30th November and 1st & 2nd December

Cap Classique Association Contact details
Chair person: Pieter Ferreira
Tel +27 21 865-2002
Fax +27 21 865-2002
pieter@grahambeckwines.co.za
http://www.capclassique.co.za

PICTURES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM PHILIP JONKER – philip@weltevrede.com

ENDS.
MARCH 2012

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