The foundations for the success of the Graham Beck brand were laid in 1983 when the late Graham Beck purchased Madeba, a farm located outside the Western Cape town of Robertson. It was his ambition to establish a world-class winery in this area that saw the erection of a state-of-the-art cellar. This climate and rich sandstone soils of this area proved to be ideal for the cultivation of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – two of the three Cap Classique varieties (Pinot Meunier being the third variety, very rarely used in South Africa). Today Graham Beck Cap Classique is considered one of the country’s finest Cap Classique sparkling wines and a serious contender in the international wine arena.
Following the death of Graham in 2010 at the age of 80 his and Rhona’s son, Antony Beck, is now at the family helm. Although based on their thoroughbred stud farm in Kentucky, USA, Antony and his family remain deeply committed to their African roots and continue to invest their time, energy and funds in the future success and growth of South Africa. Through their example social development and community upliftment remain core values of the Graham Beck brand.
A unique first for South Africa in that the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were pressed together in the same press. Fractional recovery from the whole bunches ensured that only the best quality juice went into fermentation. After fermentation the wine was lightly fined and bottled for the secondary fermentation, after which the wine underwent four years of lees contact time before disgorging.