Traditions worth celebrating
The story of Villiera starts and ends – or rather – continues with the Grier family. Jeff Grier is the founder and cellarmaster of this award-winning Stellenbosch wine farm, having started it in 1983 with his cousin Simon, after they had studied winemaking and agriculture respectively at Stellenbosch University. It is now a celebrated producer of excellent wines you've probably seen on Woolies shelves. The estate is particularly well-known for its Cap Classique, and with good reason: it makes up nearly 35% of the wine it produces. The focus on sparkling wine stems from a visit by Jean Louis Denois, a French Champagne specialist, who taught them the ropes. The result? Some of South Africa's most acclaimed Cap Classique.
Sustainable farming practices
Skill in the cellar
Expert bubbly advice
As fo storage Jeff says, Cap Classique needs to be stored upright, not lying down, in a cool, dark, humid place at around 12°C. If it's time to pop the cork and the bottle's a bit warm? He suggests: "Ten minutes. submerged in an ice bucket, containing ice and some water for proper contact."
Villiera has produced an exclusive Woolworths house range of Cap Classique for over two decades, forming a long-lasting relationship through the excellence of the product. The estate provides five kinds of bubbly: a Brut , Brut Natural, Light Brut. Brut Rosé, and a Demi-Sec. Each is elegant and complex, with a fine mousse that reflects the skill of the winemakers.
The still wines are not to be forgotten, with a particularly well-structured Chenin Blanc being an ideal partner for a wamr summer's day. If you're unsure of what to serve before a meal, Jeff's got you covered: "The Brut Natural (zero dosage). The extra dry, savoury nature of this style ensures stimulation of the taste buds.:
No matter what you opt for, you're in good hands with the Grier family's wines.