It’s not just an age-old property adage, it’s what makes fine wine so fine. Where a wine comes from, where the vines are grown, what kind of soil its roots dig deep into… all these factors bear hugely on the final outcome of a wine.
In places like France, famed wine locations like Bordeaux and Champagne are so well known that they have become synonymous with certain styles of wine, now emulated the world-over. Still, no wines grown outside of these regions may be labelled as Champagne or Bordeaux.
In the Cape, the requirements and legislation regarding the labelling for site specific wines has been broad and rather vague. Yet with our rich heritage and diversity of sites, it’s crucial we celebrate and highlight them better as we seek to establish our position amongst the world’s best.
With all this mind, I was excited to find myself at the Vergelegen Cellar this past month as some of South Africa’s top wine producers teamed up to showcase their Cape Vintner Classification (CVC) accredited Site Specific Wines.