Graham Beck Wines joines forces with the Wilderness Foundation


Graham Beck Wines has joined forces with the Wilderness Foundation, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to saving Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. Attached you`ll find a press release to introduce the new partnership, an overview of the Wilderness Foundation as well as the current conservation programs that they are involved in.

 The partnership basically entails that for every bottle of The Game Reserve sold globally, R3 is donated to the Wilderness Foundation. The foundation will, besides adding enormous credibility, assist GBW in increasing the volume and sales through mobilising the conservation minded network partners that they have, across the world, as well as through the association that their chairman (Adrian Gardiner) has with various luxury groups and resorts across the globe (i.e. Mantis Collection, Shamwari Group, Rani Hospitality to name a few) and by doing so, enable the generation of more funds for conservation in Africa. The Wilderness Foundation will also be supporting our conservation initiatives at our Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve and surrounding area and their team will be working closely with Mossie.  

A conservation minded network partner already supporting Wilderness Foundation with donations is SeaWorld/Busch Gardens in Florida where our The Game Reserve range was pitched to them to consider listing at their numerous hospitality establishments and outlets in the US. The initial feedback was very positive and the early indications suggest that a selection of the range will be listed.

 We have designed a special neck tag which is now being applied to every The Game Reserve bottle to introduce the new partnership and to entice the public to buy and support conservation. The key message on these tags are:

Share in our passion for the planet

By purchasing this bottle of wine you’re pledging your support for the conservation efforts of Graham Beck Wines and the Wilderness Foundation, a unique collaborative initiative to protect our precious natural heritage.

For every bottle sold a contribution is made towards the Wilderness Foundation`s conservation & education programs throughout Africa, the benefits of which support biodiversity and cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual values.

Become a wine lover who puts the planet first! / /



Wine grape harvest smaller, but promising!

06 November 2013  by VinPro
The South African wine industry can look forward to a good, but smaller 2014 wine grape harvest than the record harvest obtained this year.
This according to a preliminary District Conditions: October2013 report released by Sawis (South African Wine Information and Systems), in collaboration with VinPro, the representative organisation for wine producers and cellars.
“We experienced a very good winter with sufficient cold weather and higher than average rainfall, which guaranteed favourable bud burst and resulted in large catchment and farm dams being full,” said Francois Viljoen, consultation service manager at VinPro.
Soil water content is also at full capacity, which bodes well for the season going forward.
Bud burst during spring was initially even; however a very cold, wet September – and extremely cold weather at the end of the month – resulted in later vineyards experiencing uneven budding. Bud burst was generally 7 to 10 days later than normal.
According to Viljoen, initial growth was slow due to the cold conditions and low temperatures in October, which was unusual for this time of the month. In many instances spraying programmes were delayed, with tractor access to vineyards being hampered by excessively wet soils. At the same time, snail populations appear to be a problem in some areas.
“It seems as though vineyard plantings are experiencing a revival and fewer vineyards are being uprooted; however a decreasing trend in total vineyard area over the past few years may still have a limiting effect on production,” he said.
Considerable frost damage along the Orange River during the last weekend in September will also have a substantial effect on this region’s wine grape harvest.
“Judging from the 2013 post-harvest period, the winter season, as well as the uprooting and planting trends in the regions, the crop is expected to be smaller than the record 2013 crop, but in most regions the seasonal conditions will nevertheless result in a good crop. However, the important flower and set period is still underway, and many variables, including climate, may have an influence on these preliminary observations during the next few months up until harvest time,” said Viljoen.
The full report, which provides an overview of the season and harvest expectations per district, can be downloaded from the Sawis website at
For more information, contact Jana Loots at tel 021 863 1027 or e-mail

Grande Roche Hotel to host its Bubbly & Braai this November

Grande Roche Hotel’s Bubbly and Braai on Saturday, 23 November is a culinary innovation that sees Chef Roland Gorgosilich and his team step out of the kitchen into the beautifully manicured Grande Roche Hotel gardens to create a sumptuous feast of seafood, succulent steaks and much more.


Here the South African tradition of braaing is toasted with some of the best South African Méthode Champenoise wines – an unusual and trend-setting food and wine pairing. It’s an evening of fun and celebration on the lawns of the Grande Roche Hotel Manor House, where guests can raise a glass to toast the arrival of summer and enjoy different culinary combinations with some of South Africa’s best sparkling wines.
Guests will be introduced to the superb wine making skills of Graham Beck Wines, House of Krone, Charles Fox Cap Classic Wine Estate and Bosman Family Vineyard as they tuck into delicious treats from the braai. Expect prawns skewers, oysters done in their shells, rib eye steaks grilled to perfection and other tasty delights accompanied by a range of unusual salads and deliciously different side dishes. The evening will be both informal and informative as guests get the opportunity to the meet the wine makers while enjoying the finely crafted sparkling wines.
Bubblies have always been associated with celebrations and with Grande Roche Hotel now in its 21st year since opening, Bubbly and Braai is the perfect opportunity to toast this achievement.
Date: Saturday 23 November 2013
Venue: Grande Roche Hotel, Plantasie Street, Paarl
Time: 19:00
It costs R420 per person (food and wine included). To book, phone 021 863 5100 or email

Caroline’s White Wine Review 2013

Annual White Wine Review
We’ll see you at The Table Bay Hotel next Wednesday evening, 30th October 2013. Taste the finest white wines and Cap Classiques produced in South Africa. All the winemakers themselves will be there, to show you their wine personally – and each will bring one wine only. That wine will be the very best in their cellar at present – look out for : Graham Beck’s Brut Zero 2008, AA Badenhorst, Malagas, Quoin Rock, Rall, Cape Point, Ghost Corner, Meerlust, Boekenhoutskloof, La Motte, Nitida – just a few mentioned to whet your appetite.

Venue: The Table Bay Hotel, ballroom
Time: 17h00 onwards, until 21h00
Cost: R150 p/p which includes an uncrested crystal glass and programme
Parking: V&A Parking areas for own account
Tickets: Computicket only – booking open now. A limited umber of tickets will be sold at the door.


The Henry Wine Group and LA Opera share a dedication to producing the finest the world has to offer. As part of The Henry Wine Group’s premium portfolio of wines, Graham Beck Brut Rose has been selected as LA Opera’s sparkling wine for 2013/14 Opera Season.

Graham Beck Wines is located in South Africa, and Graham Beck Wines is an awardwinning supporter of biodiversity, committed to conservation and environmentally responsible agricultural practices.

For more information about The Henry Wine Group’s excellent selection of wines, visit
Graham beck Brut Rose NV is available at:
– L.A. Wine Company
– Beverage Warehouse
– Mission Liquors
– Mission Wine and Spirits
– John and Pete’s
– K & L
and most Whole Foods…




2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition narrows down Sauvignon Superstars

For immediate release 2013-09-09
2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition narrows down Sauvignon Superstars

The 2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition, under the auspices of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG), is proud to announce the Top 20 contenders in the running to be crowned as South Africa’s most innovative and exciting Sauvignon Blanc wines currently on the market.

Entries were received from far and wide, and a panel of experts spent three days in assessing a record number of 207 entries.

Sauvignon Blanc is South Africa’s most competitive category, and the quality of the wines on display were evident from the start. Panelists Christian Eedes (convenor), Elzette du Preez, Cathy Marston, Carrie Adams and Richard Kershaw MW discussed and deliberated for many hours to come up with a fantastic selection, representing a great diversity of origins and styles, that shows the true potential of this noble grape variety in South African conditions.

The great majority of wines in the Top 20 are from specific wards of origin, with Darling, Stellenbosch, Cape Point, Elgin and Durbanville featuring prominently. New and exciting areas, such as Elandskloof near Villiersdorp entered the Top 20 for the first time, with the unknown region of Langeberg-Garcia managing a position for the second year running. Sauvignon Blanc stalwarts Cape Point Vineyards, Thelema, Graham Beck, Kleine Zalze and Durbanville Hills show consistency, while DGB’s Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme and Boschendal Reserve aim to duplicate their achievement of 2011, when both managed a position in the FNB Top 10.

The Top 20, in alphabetical order
• Alexanderfontein Chip off The Old Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Boschendal Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Cape Point Vineyards Woolworths 2012
• Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012
• Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Havana Hills Virgin Earth The Pepper Tree Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Hillcrest Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Jordan Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Ormonde Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Phizante Kraal Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Sumaridge Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2013
• Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 2012
• Vrede en Lust Casey’s Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2012
“The 2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition continues to grow from strength to strength and we are proud of all the constants who are part of the top 20. As the most innovative bank globally, we are pleased to celebrate yet another landmark in showcasing South Africa’s most innovative and exciting wine-making talent. FNB is firmly committed to enhancing the competitive edge of South African wine-makers, and broadening the appeal of the industry to all segments of our society. Our association with this competition is also entrenched in the belief that our country has the necessary talent to be able to compete on the global stage,” said Stephan Claassen FNB Provincial head, Western Cape.
According to Pieter de Waal, SBIG secretary and organiser of the competition, this was a year where the judges were spoilt for choice. “Having judged at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in France this year, as well as the Berliner Wein Trophy in Germany, I have no reservations in saying that this year’s FNB Top 20 are all world-class wines that are able to stand out in an international context.”

The 2013 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 will be announced at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on Friday, 27 September 2013.
For any other enquiries, please contact Pieter de Waal on 083 357 3864 or
Issued by Marlene Truter Communications
Contact: Marlene Truter
tel 083 294 6060

On behalf of SBIG

Letter from America – November 2012

Greetings Friends of Maritime Wine Trading – 

FYI – fabulous news and continued validation of Maritime’s efforts (see letter below from Emily Wines MS).

For the second year in a row Maritime brands have been selected as part of the Kimpton Hotel Group’s national Core 100 program for 2013. 

 Along with our current Whole Foods National Top 10 program, our ongoing Total Wine and More “winery partner” program, and our new Ruth’s Chris national bottle listing program Maritime brands are active and growing in some of the USA’s highest volume and greatest consumer visibility retail, hotel and restaurant chains. 

 Thanks to all for your current and future support of these critical brand building endeavors.

Best Regards,

Chris Nickolopoulos


From: Emily Wines [

Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 8:55 AM
Cc: Patrick McGinn
Subject: Welcome to the Kimpton Core 100 for 2013!

Congratulations! Your wines are going to be included in the Core 100 Program for Kimpton in 2013. 14 of our wine managers and I spent a very long day tasting through 600+ submissions this year. It was tough to narrow them down but we ended up with a really great group of wines to work with. Here is how the program works:

– Each restaurant must have 20% of their list (glass or bottle) minimum comprised from the Core 100

– The five mandated bottle placements must be included on every list

– By pulling quarterly depletion numbers from you I will be tracking their compliance

– Once any restaurant uses 20 cases or more from any of the Core wines they are given rewards from Kimpton

– A half-bottle list of 20 wines will be available in all hotel rooms starting next year and all wines must be chosen from the core

– We will showcase all the Core 100 wines during a food and wine festival style party during one night at our Chef GM conference in February.

– Put  February 5th and 6th on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix

The program rolls out at the end of December. Please have your sales people in each market wait to approach buyers until 2013. Attached is a list of all the wine buyers for each restaurant. Also note that inclusion in the program does not automatically equate to sales. Use this as an opportunity to build a relationship with our restaurants. Taste them on the wines and feel free to sell wines that are not on the core as well. On occasion we have participating wineries or suppliers that run additional incentive programs with their wines. If you want to do that at the local level that is allowed. We want you to sell a lot of wine too! If you want to do a national incentive program or contest, please create a one page sheet for it and we will include it on our Kimpton Beverage website. In the past we have had gift cards for high sales, educational trips, dinner with a wine maker, and large bottle prizes. This is totally voluntary.

 The wines we have from you are:


Cristo di Campobello


Red Blend



Cristo di Campobello


White blend



Graham Beck


Brut NV

South Africa


Graham Beck


Brut Rose NV

South Africa

 I look forward to working with you in 2013.



 Emily Wines MS

Sr. Director of National Beverage Programs

Graham Beck Brut NV at Vintages

Nobu and Graham Beck Wines – wine, dine, sublime!

Wine, Dine, Sublime
Thursday 3rd May 2012

Nobu Restaurant


World renowned Nobu Restaurant in collaboration with the legendary Graham Beck Wine Estate invites you to a rare pairing of sublime Japanese cuisine and South Africa’s Finest Methode Cap Classique.

The dinner begins with the Graham Beck Brut pre drink, followed by an expertly paired six course meal. We begin with the palate teasing Scallop Tiradito, which tastes superb with the exclusive Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005.

As a special treat wine maker Pieter Ferreira has released the rare Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc 1993, this is to be paired with the mouth watering East Coast Sole.

To end the evening in style, the iconic Graham Beck Cuvee Clive 2005 will be served alongside the Chicken Brown Rice Anti Cucho Miso which was created exclusively for this dinner.

The evening promises to be a memorable event, one to outclass any others of its kind.

Arrival Drink
Graham Beck Brut NV


Scallop Tiradito

Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005


Baby Spinach Salad with Lobster

Graham Beck Blanc De Blanc 2008


Rock Shrimp Tempura with Jalapeno Dressing

Graham Beck Blanc de Blanc 1993


East Coast Sole with Chilli Salsa

Graham Beck Brut Rose 2008


Chicken with Brown Rice and Anti Cucho Miso

Graham Beck Cuvee Clive 2005


Suntory Whisky Cappuccino

Graham Beck “Bliss’ Demi Sec