The Vineyards of Plettenberg Bay

The first vines were planted at Bramon to much scepticism in 2000.  The first harvest took place in 2004. The first Sauvignon Blanc Method Cap Classique (that’s our champagne) in South Africa was produced for Bramon by Mr Bubbly himself, the acclaimed wine maker Pieter Ferriera.

The Plett region was recognised officially as a wine of origin region in 2006.

The disbelievers were quietened. New vineyards were established, energetic owner-farmers took up the challenge and the region began to flourish. Peter Thorpe gave further expression to his confidence in the region by constructing a first class bespoke cellar and bringing in a top class winemaker, Anton Smal. This lead to three more estates establishing their own first class cellars at Plettenvale, Packwood and Lodestone.  All the ingredients were now in place.

From the first vineyards of Sauvignon Blanc came vineyards of Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Semillon.  This brought in turn a range of Method Cap Classique bubblies, rosés and stillwines –  all true to the cool climate terroir from which the wines were made.