A family run wine farm that was established in the Franschhoek Valley in 1694 by French Huguenot, Pierre Jourdan. Custom in the Champagne Valley of France dictates that champagne created from the vines of the land is named after the landowner. True to this tradition, founder of Haute Cabrière, Achim von Arnim, named the first range of exceptional Cap Classique wines Pierre Jourdan after the original landowner. Amongst the first Cap Classique creators in South Africa, he was the very first to consider creating a still wine from traditional champagne varietals (see the Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir still blend below). Second generation Cellar Master, Takuan von Arnim, continues to grow the family legacy with a passion and respect for the winery’s heritage, integrity and spirit of innovation.
A philosophy of taking inspiration from the unique terrior of Franschhoek and showcase the unique characteristics of the cultivars of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with oak playing a supporting role.
There are two ranges from Haute Cabrière:
Haute Cabrière (still wines) & Pierre Jourdan (Méthode Cap Classique or MCC)
What Is Méthode Cap Classique (MCC)?
South Africa’s own and unique interpretation of the Champagne-style of winemaking, the first Cap Classique was produced in 1971. The name implies a natural sparkling wine, wine bottle-fermented in the age-old European tradition to develop the magical sparkle in each bottle.