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How wonderful to be able to enjoy this prestigious award function celebrated with typical Portuguese flair once again— this year at Tintswalo Atlantic. Superb view, great food, REAL PEOPLE and the best bubblies in the country—what’s not to like as we say in Sea Point.

Stellenbosch winery Kleine Zalze, one of the most commercially successful and award-winning Cape cellars, etched a place in South African wine history by winning the award for Best Producer at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary as the country’s foremost wine competition exclusively committed to honouring Cap Classique wines. In a record line-up of 135 entries, the Kleine Zalze Vintage Brut MCC 2015 achieved the top score, winning the category for Best Brut Cap Classiques as well as the award for Best Producer at this year’s competition.

Joaquim Sa, R J Botha Kleine Zalze winemaker, and Pieter Ferreira (Portuguese?)

The Best Blanc de Blancs wine went to Mariëtte Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc from Stofberg Family Vineyards in the Breedekloof Wine Valley. Graham Beck Wines from Robertson won two trophies: Best Rosé for Graham Beck Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 and Best Nectar (demi-sec) for Graham Beck Bliss Nectar Rosé (non-vintage).

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The trophy for Best Museum Class Cap Classique, awarded to a wine from a vintage of eight years or older, was won by Boschendal Wines for the Boschendal Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée 2009.

Glorious setting at Tintswalo

The Amorim Cap Classique Challenge was founded in 2002 by Amorim Cork, the Portuguese company which is the world’s leading producer of cork wine stoppers, in association with the now-defunct South African publication WINE Magazine. This year’s 20th anniversary of the competition coincides with the 50-year celebration of the advent of Cap Classique as a wine category. The first Cap Classique wine was made in 1971 by the late Frans Malan of Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch. Coincidently, Simonsig won the first Best Producer Trophy at the inaugural Amorim Cap Classique Challenge 20 years ago.

Joaquim Sá, CEO of Amorim Cork South Africa and a founding member of the Cap Classique Challenge, said this year’s competition was held at an important point in the country’s wine history.

“Few other wine countries, if any, can show precise records stipulating a specific year in which one of their wine categories was established,” says Sá. “In South Africa we are fortunate to trace Cap Classique, the country’s offering of bottle-fermented sparkling wines made in the traditional method, back to 1971. In 2021, thus, we are able to celebrate both the beginning of Cap Classique as a jewel in South Africa’s wine crown as well as – through this competition – the remarkable quality of the country’s Cap Classique wines.”

The full results for this year’s Amorim Cap Classique Challenge can be found on