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.
MCC Great Estate Day Tour