Inspired by Desiderius Pongrácz, a nobleman and refugee from the Hungarian uprising who revolutionised winemaking in the Cape, Pongrácz Méthode Cap Classique has become the country’s most adored bottle fermented sparkling wine. Finally, with the war over and his homeland in the steely grip of the Soviet Union, Desiderius Pongrácz was released back to Hungary. During the chaos of the Hungarian revolt he resolved to escape and set his sights on Africa after securing a position as farm manager in Namibia through his connections in the European nobility. In 1958 he relocated to the Stellenbosch winelands where he worked as a farm manager before joining the research institute at Nietvoorbij under Dr Piet Venter in 1963. While at the research institute, he obtained his Master of Science Degree in Agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch.
Handcrafted in a uniquely styled fluted bottle that epitomises elegance, quality and nobility, this magnificent Cap Classique encapsulates grace and exceptional character. It is alluring with a rich complexity and a slight green tint that teems with light, lively bubbles and a raciness on the palate. Nuances of fresh fruit, almonds and freshly baked bread delight the senses.