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Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) a term created in 1992, is any sparkling wine made by the traditional method of a second fermentation in the bottle with a minimum vinification time in bottle on the lees of 12 months. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are used the most for MCC production just as in Champagne, however other varieties are also popular.

The best producers age the sparkling wine in bottles on the lees for two to five years or more before disgorgement and a period of post disgorgement resting. Fresh, light citrus flavors and a fine biscotti are the defining features of a sophisticated Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine. 

Similar to Champagne, there are four high quality MCC styles 100% Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay, Brut Chardonnay / Pinot Noir blend, Brut Nature (without dosage), and Rosé.

Our tours focus on visits to the district of Stellenbosch, one of the oldest and most important wine producing regions located east of Cape Town in the Western Cape. Along with Paarl and Franschhoek they form the Cape Winelands. We only visit the top producers of MCC plus winemakers who make still wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Sample Itineraries

MCC Great Estate Day Tour

Visit 1
Visit & MCC Tasting at the oldest vineyards in Stellenbosch
Visit 2
Lunch at an Award Winning Gourmet Vineyard Restaurant and top producer of MCC and Cabernet Sauvignon and amazing view.
Visit 3
Tutored Tasting of Top MCCs, Reds, White Wines
Visit 4
Visit & Tasting at top producer of MCCs and Chardonnay

Simonsig Wine Estate

Simonsig Wine Estate is synonymous with the history of the South African wine industry, the Stellenbosch wine region, and the Malan family. Frans Malan produced the first MCC traditional bottle-fermented style bottle of sparkling Kaapse Vonkel. Famous for its beautiful vineyards rolling out from the foot of the Simonsberg mountains, Stellenbosch is the Cape’s prime wine country. Simsonsig was the first in the area to experiment with Méthode Cap Classique, releasing its first bottle in 1971 which led the way. In 1987, the vineyard converted to a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend.


Boschendal is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa and is located between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The farm's title deeds are dated 1685. The estate's first owner, Jean le Long, was one of the party of 200 French Huguenot refugees who were fleeing religious persecution in Europe. He was granted land in the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company in 1688.

In 1887 the estate was bought by Cecil Rhodes and formed part of his commercial fruit business, Rhodes Fruit Farms which has become today's Boschendal Farm.


The grapes for MCC’s come from several appellations like Robertson, Stellenbosch, Walker Bay, Constantia, and Elgin and winemakers source the grapes from where they grow best. Blending grapes from diverse appellations contributes to the complexity and balance to MCC. Producers can make MCC from Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinotage, among other varieties, though Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are dominant.

The grapes are hand picked picked early in the season for freshness and acidity and therefore don’t develop the phenolic ripeness of Champagne. The grapes are gently whole bunch pressed, using only the first pressings for sparkling wines. Each grape variety and vineyard parcel is aged and fermented separately.


South Africa has produced wine since the 17th century when vines were brought over by the Dutch. Around 1685 a large number of French Huguenot settlers arrived in the Cape after leaving their country as a result of the Edict of Fontainebleau, which revoked the Edict of Nantes (1598) that had granted religious toleration to Protestants. Most of these French people settled in the Cape Colony, and were absorbed into the Afrikaner culture. Simon van der Stel is credited with founding the town of Stellenbosch back in 1679 and the first vines were planted in 1690.

In 1971 Frans Malan made South Africa’s first Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine at Simonsig using Chenin Blanc grapes.African Champagne-style sparkling wine, the number of producers has grown to over 250.


The Stellenbosch district is the most important wine regions after Constantia, and is responsible for around 14% of the country's annual wine production. White wine production centres on Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc which are often blended together. The western part of Stellenbosch include a Chenin Blanc plantings in areas rich in light, sandy soils. Stellenbosch is composed of mostly hilly terrain and a Mediterranean climate influenced by False Bay with warm and dry growing seasons.

Vineyard soil types range from decomposed granite on the hillside near the mountains to sandy, alluvial loam in the valleys near the rivers. The region does not have the deep chalk soils of Champagne and the south of England except Robertson which is especially favored for Chardonnay. The influence of the sea in Elgin and Hermanus contribute high acid and minerality and are especially favorable for Pinot Noir.

The sweet wine of Constantia located south of Cape Town was once the most prized in the world. The area receives cool oceanic influences on each side that contributes to excellent acidity and a long, slow ripening period in the summer. Winters are often moderate and mild but wet. The soil is composed primarily of Table Mountain sandstone with high concentrations of granite.The area is particularly good to grow Sauvignon Blanc.

Cape Town Wine Adventures

Multi day tours allow us to explore South African wine culture and local highlights deeper. Visit the best regional makers of premium MCC sparkling wines plus vineyards which offer fantastic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir still wines. We'll plan pairing lunches and dinners in the vineyards so you can compare a wide range of local varietals like red Pinotage. If you love Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc we can include a visits en route to those top winemakers. Start or end your tour at an amazing lodge from where you can discover the famous marine life in the south or travel north for a few days on a photographic safari and stay on a private reserve.

Multi Region Journeys

  • Sparkling MCC Vineyards

    Stellenbosch / Franschhoek (2 days)

    Discover the best sparkling and still wines in the Western Cape
    Pairing lunches and magnificent views
    Overnight stay at a 5 star Vineyard Estate Hotel.

    Triple Region Highlights

    Stellenbosch / Franschhoek / Hermanus (3 days)

    Discover Table Mountain National Park, Lions Head, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or Maclear's Beacon.
    Visit the best wineries and estates in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Hermanus
    2 night stay at a 5 star vineyard estate hotels or luxury wine farm accommodation.

    Wine Highlights & Marine Safari

    Stellenbosch / Franschhoek / Hermanus (5 days)

    Choose from Shark Cage Diving, Whale Watching, Nature Walks, Flower Safaris, Horseback Riding, Cave Experiences, River Cruises Marine & Coastal Safaris.
    2 night stay in a 5 star private Nature Reserve by the sea.
    Explore top wine producers in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and stay at a vineyard hotel

    Christmas in Cape Town

    Cape Town / Champagne / Alsace (10 days)

    Discover the beauty of the coast and mountains surrounding Cape Town.
    Visit the best winemakers in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Constantia, and Hermanus
    Overnight stays at 5 star vineyard estate hotels and luxury hotels.
    Fly to Paris (same time zone) and head off on a multi day tour of Champagne
    See the Christmas market in Strasbourg and discover top sparkling (Sekt) Rieslings
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