Le Lude is a family winery situated on the edge of Franschhoek town, South Africa specialising in bottle fermented sparkling wines - Cap Classique. The French Huguenots planted vines and made wine in The Franschhoek Valley as far back as 1693.
We uphold the strictest traditions and standards. At Le Lude we have a deep respect for tradition, not just for the sake of it, but also to be truly inspired by the lessons we learnt from history.
We demand and create innovation while pursuing perfection as we project ourselves towards the future. We strive to blend a unique style and elegance while paying careful attention to detail.
Le Lude is also the first cellar to produce Agrafe (Tirage Liège) Cap Classique.
Over the past five years we have planted and sourced grape varieties dedicated to making only the best Cap Classique. Le Lude’s first harvest took place in 2012. In our search for the finest grapes we specially select vineyards that express unique terroir characteristics. We blend these unique terroirs to create a distinctive house style.
The first release of a Brut and a Rosé MCC is scheduled for October 2015 while many other exciting releases are soon to follow.
We are also proud to announce Le Lude is the first winery in South Africa to produce the artisanal Agrafe bottle fermented sparkling wine. Agrafe (Tirage Liège) is the method of fermenting the wine under cork instead of crown cap. This, in our opinion results in a more integrated aroma profile and texture.
This modern cellar was custom built for the production of Methode Cap Classique (MCC). It has a underground maturation cellar and bottling line. The cellar lies between vineyards with an uninterrupted view of the surrounding mountains.
"Nowhere have I seen the sublime and the beautiful, the tame and the terrible so well arranged", wrote Sir John Barrow on a visit to the Franschhoek Valley during British occupation of the Cape in 1795.
It was with his namesakes words in mind, and a passion for creating only the finest Cap Classique, that Nic and Ferda decided to buy a small farm in Franschhoek.
For a successful family of hoteliers, chefs and designers with a keen interest in the arts, Methode Cap Classique was a natural next venture.
Nic and Ferda Barrow are passionate about the finer things in life and put their hearts and souls into everything they do. This is testament in the many accolades and awards they have received over the years.
The Barrows have been honoured amongst other by the Jewish National Fund of South Africa, for contributions made to President Nelson Mandela Park in Delft and the Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre in Mamelodi. Nic has been honoured by the ATKV and the Red Cross, as well as receiving a special award from The Oudtshoorn Business Chamber for his contribution to tourism, job creation and the local economy. Nic and Ferda also won the Sanlam Business Partners Entrepreneur of the year (Western & Eastern Cape) and the Barrow Family Trust was selected as a finalist in the Annual Business Day BASA Awards in the category Increasing Access to the Arts. The couple was also honoured by the Simon Van Der Stel Foundation for their contribution towards preserving heritage buildings in the Southern Cape. They also donate several bursaries towards learners from underprivileged communities. Ferda, who studied and taught accounting, is an accomplished cook as well as an avid gardener. She is currently creating both a show and vegetable garden at Le Lude – the latter to supply the planned restaurant.
The couple has two daughters – Olga, an interior designer, and Nicolene, a chef.
From left to right in photo:
Paul Gerber (Winemaker - Le Lude MCC Cellar)
Pierre De Klerk (Winemaker -Graham Beck Wines)
Julie Breuzon (Institute Oenologique de Champagne - Epernay)
Bertrand Robillard (Institute Oenologique de Champagne - Epernay - Head of Oenology Research)
Gérard Liger Belair (University of Reims - Champagne)
Alain Bourgeous (Institute Oenologique de Champagne - Epernay)