Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel on ice

South African Airways announced its annual Wine of the Year Awards at a dinner held at Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday, 8 April. The awards were made in four categories: white wines, red wines, Cape Tawny and Méthode Cap Classique wines.

Frans & Liza Malan

The Wine of the Year is the Simonsig Estate, Kaapse Vonkel Brut. This wine is designated Méthode Cap Classique and is a blend of the three classical Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Frans Malan, founder of Simonsig with his wife Liza pioneered this style of wine in South Africa.  His sons, Johan and Francois carry on the tradition.

‘Our South African wine selection is fundamental to our passengers’ flying experience and is a unique added value,” says Kim Thipe, SAA’s Head of Marketing. “It is an important aspect of marketing our product offering to passengers worldwide.”

Nine local judges and three international judges were responsible for this year’s selection.

View of the Simonsberg over the Simonsig Vineyards

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