Raising the Bar
Over the years Graham Beck has established a reputation as one of South Africa's leading Cap Classique producers, striving for consistency, quality and continuous innovation. It's been a tremendously fulfilling journey and we're incredibly privileged to have shared it with you.
At the custom built Méthode Cap Classique cellar in Robertson the Graham Beck Wines team continues to pursue the perfect bubble. Over the years these wines have notched up numerous awards both locally and internationally. Although justifiably proud of these prestigious accolades, it's the loyal following amongst our fans which we cherish the most.
Wine critics and judges both here and overseas have on numerous occasions compared our MCC's to the greats of the international wine arena – it's this type of valuable feedback and benchmarking which propel us forward in our quest for quality.
It's not every day that your wine is chosen by one of the world's most famous men to celebrate history in the making. Graham Beck Wines has achieved this honour not once, but twice! In 1994 Graham Beck Brut NV was selected as the celebratory drink at the inauguration of South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. More recently, after declaring his intention to
run for president Barack Obama took his wife, Michelle, to one of their favourite restaurants in Chicago. The sommelier recommended two glasses of Graham Beck Brut NV - an eminently suitable African fizz for an African American presidential candidate!
The Obamas were so impressed with this bubbly that they ordered six bottles for the 4th November 2008. The corks were then ceremoniously popped to celebrate the election of the 44th American president before Barack Obama addressed the world at Grant Park.
On local soils our bubblies have done us proud on numerous occasions at competitions such as the annual Veritas, Diners Club, Trophy Wine Show and Michelangelo Awards, in the John Platter Wine Guide and in the prestigious Cap Classique Challenge. Further afield our wines have been lauded at the International Wine Challenge in London and singled out by top international wine judges and journalists. Wine writer for the Daily Mail, Matthew Jukes said our Blanc de Blancs 2005 was "a most beautiful and rewarding sparkler and still one of the best values in the world". Renowned British wine expert Jancis Robinson listed Graham Beck Brut NV in her top 25 bubblies for the 2011 festive season. We'll say cheers to that!