SPECIALIST bubbly-maker Genevieve MCC will celebrate the bounty of harvest the only way such a happy occasion should: to the joyful sound of popping corks. Dubbed the Post-Harvest Proe Party, this festive fling will feature a tasting of top-notch Cap Classique wine over lunch at owner Melissa Nelsen’s farm near Bot River on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 12.30pm till 3pm.
Get to know more about the 2020 harvest and taste older vintages of Genevieve MCCs alongside some of the brand’s more recent releases. Then, experience a food and wine celebration of excellent Genevieve MCCs over a delicious sit-down harvest table feast.
This is the event for bubbly-o-philes, so it’s important to make your booking ASAP as space is limited.
“We’re pulling out the stops for this one,” says Melissa. “Cap Classique, like the best wines, takes time to make and reflects the seasons. To open a bottle is to taste the sunshine of a particular year and that’s exactly what’s on offer at the Proe Party.”
A large part of the excitement for this tasting extravaganza is that it will happen at the Home of Genevieve MCC, a venue that will be new to many. For years, grapes for Genevieve MCC came from pockets of Chardonnay across the region, albeit always from Bot River. In 2017 however, Genevieve MCC finally found a home when Melissa discovered a working farm where her dream for a space to give visitors the “MCC experience” became a reality.
The history of the wine started in 2010, when the first Genevieve MCC was released – a product of the 2008 vintage. Melissa had always had a love for bubbly and when the opportunity arose to make it, she jumped. Genevieve is her second name and the patron saint of Paris, making Genevieve MCC the perfect link between great South African Cap Classique made in the style of French Champagne.
Today, the Home of Genevieve MCC also has self-catering cottages alongside the vineyards and a renovated barn where visitors can enjoy the Genevieve MCC and take in the Overberg air. The 2020 Post-Harvest Proe Party shines a light on this gem of an enterprise, and at the same time on this renowned and fiercely independent wine region.
Tickets are R450 per person; to book, simply send an email to [email protected]
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The Home of Genevieve MCC is located on Klein Botrivier Farm, off Karwyderskraal Road, Bot River.