This is the week for unusual ideas—this one is a fabulous bubbly made from apple cider. Not only that– it is a world champion –nog!

Loxtonia, the family owned cidery in the Ceres Valley, has released its award winning Méthode Traditionelle Cider crowned overall champion at the 11th International Cider Challenge, just in time for the festive season. I love their ciders–crisp and clean. OK–they aren’t wine but who is perfect?


Loxtonia Blush Méthode Traditionelle Cider (MTC), one of Loxtonia’s first two bubbly-style apple ciders, was named Supreme Champion for 2021 and won the Rosé Trophy at the prestigious London based competition. Completing the MTC pigeon pair, is the ultra-dry Loxtonia Brut.


Both MTCs are made in the slow, traditional French way of bottle fermentation to create the vibrant sparkle. Stylishly presented in classic sparkling wine bottles, they owe their complexity to bottle ageing for 15 months on the lees. Sound familiar??


Loxtonia Blush is a delightfully pink MTC with the finest of bubbles and vivacious mousse. It is elegant with bright apple sorbet, strawberry and gently caramelised nuts, enhanced by a buttery brioche character from the 15 months on the lees.


Loxtonia Brut is a honey-coloured MTC packed with fine bubbles, apple brulée, vanilla and roasted plum. Rich and complex, it is deliciously dry with a persistent finish and all the complexity of 15 months’ bottle ageing.


The Whitfield family have been making a wide range of ciders from ‘orchard to bottle’ on their Loxtonia farm since 2013 using only home-grown, 100% freshly pressed and naturally fermented apples.


These ciders are the perfect thing to knock back poolside this summer or on the patio for leisurely al fresco lunches. Crisp and delicious, they are perfect for summer sipping and toasting in the New Year. Loxtonia Brut MTC sells at R235 a bottle while the pink hued, award winning Loxtonia Blush MTC is available at R350. Purchase them online at


If you are planning a trip to the picturesque Ceres Valley during the holidays, be sure to visit Loxtonia and taste their full range of apple ciders. For more information email or call Tel: 023-0040930.