South Africa's Cape Vintner Classification At London Wine Fair

South Africa's Cape Vintner Classification (CVC) will be stepping onto the international stage for the first time at this year's London Wine Fair with a Masterclass Tasting led by one of its founder-producers, Vergelegen.

Managing Director Don Tooth will lead attendees through the CVC's founding principles, while Winemaker André van Rensburg will present a tasting of a decade of South African Cabernet dominated wines that are previous winners of the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy in order to showcase the wines' quality, heritage and site-specific identity.

Cape Vintner Classification Masterclass

2pm, Tuesday 19th May at London Wine Fair


'A Decade Of South African Pichon Longueville

Trophy Winners': The Cape's Site-Specific Wines


Led by Vergelegen MD and CVC Director Don Tooth


Winemaker André van Rensburg

seating on a first-come, first served basis


The Tasting

  • Vergelegen GVB 1998 (awarded 2001)
  • Vergelegen GVB 2000 (awarded 2003)
  • Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2001 (awarded 2004)
  • Meerlust Rubicon 2001 (awarded 2006)
  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2003 (awarded 2008)
  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2009 (awarded 2013)
  • Jordan Cobblers Hill 2010 (awarded 2014)

Cape Vintner Classification

Founded in 2014, the CVC is an independent body committed to recognising and showcasing site-specific Cape wines. Based on the 'Estate Wine' concept, the CVC's main goal is to create a platform for its qualifying wines to compete with the finest in the world.  The organisation currently has 15 members and 35 applications pending.

"The CVC is about Cape producers working cohesively to promote the best that South Africa can do," explains Tooth.  "This is a completely inclusive, not exclusive, group.  We have strict criteria regarding quality, ethics, environmental care and cellar door facilities that follow an independent accreditation process.  South Africa's winemaking heritage dates back to 1659 and we want the world to recognise that we have the diversity of terroir to produce wines capable of ranking among some of the finest in the world."

Further information: emma wellings pr - 020 8996 5168 / alison@ew-pr.co.uk