Graham Beck – Cap Classiques in Highest Perfection
The Graham Beck winery belongs to the most renowned estates of the country. Even after his death, the founder Graham Beck has influenced the orientation of the farm. This winery is known worldwide for its sparkling wines that are produced according to classic bottle fermentation. The Cap Classiques from Graham Beck have international cult status and so it comes as no surprise that Barack Obama chose to have a sparkling wine from Graham Beck served at his inauguration.
- Founding year
- 1983, first wine 1991
- Graham Beck Wines, Scenic Cape Route 60, Robertson, 7600 South Africa
- Flagship wine
- Graham Beck Cuvée Clive
- Tasting Room
- Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 17:00
Sat-Sun: 10:00 - 16:00
Pierre de Klerk
‘Sparkling wine is a vocation’ is the mantra of Pierre de Klerk, a passionate and talented winemaker who loves every step in the production process of a Cap Classique. He joined Graham Beck in 2010 and brought a breath of fresh air to the winemaking team with his infectious enthusiasm and energy. Pierre, whose family is rooted in the wine industry, discovered his love for wine at an early age and decided to study Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. Afterwards he gained a lot of experience in the wine cellars at the Cape and overseas. Pierre's philosophy is to intervene as little as possible in the production process of a wine so that the unique character of the vines can be fully developed. The winemaker loves every moment of his work and is enthusiastic about what he does, from harvesting the grapes to the finished product. In 2022, Pierre de Klerk took over the position of cellar master from Graham Beck.
Graham Beck – Try & Enjoy South African Wines
The foundation for the success of Graham Beck was laid in 1983 by the man behind the name – Graham Beck, when he purchased the original winery Madeba. The estate is located 10 kilometres west of the Western Cape town Robertson and 140 kilometres from Cape Town. His ambition: building a world-class winery in South Africa! After a short amount of time, he had reached his aim. Nowadays, Graham Back is in the third generation.
Graham Beck is situated on the famous Route 62
The winery Graham Beck is located amidst the beautiful Breede River valley at the border of the semi-arid Little Karoo region. The two rivers Breede and Finch divide the estate which is flanked on the side by the Langeberg Mountains. The winery is located on the famous Route 62, a meandering country road which takes visitors on an unforgettable tour of the region’s plentiful attractions. With its beautiful landscape and high quality wines, Graham beck invites to try, enjoy, stay, discover and to always come back.
Unusual Terroirs for Outstanding Quality
At the winery Graham Beck, the Chief Operating Officer Pieter Ferreira makes sure to intervene as little as possible in the natural processes; rather, the authentic essence of the grapes as well as the terroir should develop and be easily recognizable in the finished wine. Pieter Ferreira has been with Graham Beck since 1990 - for a long time as cellar master - and is considered the best South African sparkling wine producer. It is said that he has ‘bubbles in his blood’. The passion for sparkling wines such as the famous Cap Classique can also be found in the person Graham Beck himself who was often called ‘South Africa’s Sparkling Wine King’ during his lifetime. Pieter Ferreira always tries to make sure the various microclimates and the various types of soil suit the planted vines. The unique, cool and arid climate of the Robertson region combined with the rich limestone soils produce wines with worldwide appeal and star quality.
The other cultivation areas are all located in the Stellenbosch region alongside the False Bay, not more than two kilometres away from the ocean. The proximity to the sea ensures that there is always a constant, cool breeze and the grapes simultaneously ripen to excellent quality. With its shallow hills in ideal altitude and granite soils, the region offers perfect conditions for a multitude of premium grape varieties. The optimal combination of the various terroirs offers the winery ideal cultivation areas for many varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chenin Blanc und Cabernet Sauvignon and therefore a wide range of different top wines.