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30 – 40 Wine Farms Expected to Receive New Cape Vintner Classification

Wineries of the CapeThe Cape’s new independent governing body for wineries, the Cape Vintner Classification, is hoping to grant between 30 to 40 wine farms their seal of approval.

The Cape Vintner Classification was launched last December, following the disbandment of the Cape Wine Producers’ Association, and was founded by Schalk Burger Snr’s Welbedacht Estate, Anthonij Rupert, De Wetshof, Kanonkop, Neil Ellis, Rust en Vrede and Vergelegen.

According to Harpers, farms that are expected to recieve the classification are Bartinney, whose Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are “worth watching”, Hamilton Russell, whose 2013 Pinot Noir is expected to be excellent, Sumaridge, who has also produced good Chardonnay over recent years, as well as a strong Pinot Noir and Epitome (a blend of Syrah and Pinotage), and Scali, for its medium-bodied Syrah and Pinotage.

The four main criteria for CVC accreditation will be strictly enforced to prevent a “farce” according to Burger. These are that fruit must be grown and vinified on the estate; that a cellar door is open to the public six days a week; that ethical labour and environmental practices are observed; and that wines are subject to technical and quality audits by an independent committee. Another requirement of a minimum 20 hectares under vine and 100 tons of fruit may be reduced to allow smaller estates to qualify.

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