Simonsig Wine Estate: A Family Tradition of Fine Wines
Simonsig Wine Estate is synonymous with the history of the South African wine industry, the Stellenbosch wine region, and the Malan family name.
Look out for the 50th anniversary edition bottles of Kaapse Vonkel featuring bright and bold designs with elements of the Cape floral kingdom.
Simonsig keeps it in the family: Johan Malan followed in his father Frans’ MCC-making footsteps, and now a third generation is part of it with his son Michael heading up reds.
Simonsig Wine Estate in Stellenbosch’ story is steeped in history that intertwines with that of the South African wine industry. Simonsig is celebrating two half centenaries in 2021! Fifty years ago, Simonsig not only produced Kaapse Vonkel – South Africa’s first Cap Classique – but Simonsig founder Frans Malan also launched the Stellenbosch Wine Route, another first of its kind, along with Spatz Sperling & Neil Joubert, owners of Delheim and Spier at the time. Today Simonsig is still family-owned and managed by two of Frans’ sons, with the third generation involved in operations.
Fifty years of Cap Classique
Simonsig is most famous for its Kaapse Vonkel range of Cap Classique, still one of South Africa’s most beloved bubbles after 50 years. Kaapse Vonkel started out as a bottle fermented sparkling wine, made from Chenin Blanc grapes, and was the only wine of its kind for nearly a decade before other winemakers tried their hand at it. In 1987, Johan Malan changed the composition of the wine to include the more traditional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. Today, Kaapse Vonkel consists of a range of 4 different styles of Cap Classique, including a Brut Rosé made from Pinot Noir and Pinotage, and two slightly sweeter Demi-Sec Satin Nectar Cap Classiques.
Going for gold
Kaapse Vonkel is not only loved by wine drinkers, but also by wine critics. Simonsig has won the Trophy for Best Cap Classique at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge numerous times, and regularly rakes in Gold and Double Gold medals at the Veritas Wine Awards. Kaapse Vonkel consistently scores 90 points and above from international critics like James Suckling and Tim Atkin. They also boast the Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year 2020.
Tastings with a View
As one of the founders of wine tourism in South Africa, Simonsig welcomes visitors from all over the world in a warm and welcoming South African fashion. Open 7 days a week, they offer a range of different wines for tasting to suit all tastes. Visitors can enjoy the wine in the shade of the oak trees, or stay later for sundowners and enjoy the sunset over Table Mountain. Discover more about the perfect place to spend time in the winelands on the Simonsig website.