Dec 14, 2022

Usher in the New Year in the Cape Winelands

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Cap Classique route was established a few years ago. Usher in the New Year and explore the new Cap Classique route for bubbly lovers!

Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. The winemakers responsible for producing these superb Cap Classiques range from Old World to New World thinking, resulting in a diverse range of wines.

The route extends from Babylonstoren all the way through to Franschhoek Pass Winery, the home of Morena, giving visitors to the area an all round experience of what Franschhoek has to offer.

For more information on this route, please download the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route Map (PDF) below or visit

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Credit: Franschhoek Wine Valley


Background on Cap Classique

Only sparkling wine made in the region of Champagne in France can be called champagne. In South Africa, wine made using the same method is termed Méthode Cap Classique – made in the Cape classical method. In Spain it is called Cava, in Italy it is known as Prosecco and in Germany it is simply called Sekt (although in the production of Prosecco and Sekt the process is not nearly as risky or complex as with champagne or Cap Classique). The first wine farm in South Africa to copy the Champagne method of winemaking, was Simonsig (Stellenbosch) in 1971 with their world-renowned Kaapse Vonkel. (‘Vonkel’ is an Afrikaans word that translates to English as ‘sparkle’).