Robertson , South Africa
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Graham Beck Wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. This was before Robertson became as popular as it is today as a wine region. The success of the Robertson property led to the purchase of a property in Franschhoek valley, as well as other farms around the Western Cape. Two modern tasting rooms were used, one in Robertson and the other in Franschhoek.
The success of Graham Beck Wines can be attributed to passion, commitment, skill and access to the finest quality grapes. But most of all it can be attributed to the vision of one man – Graham Beck. Graham Beck was born in Cape Town and his success as an entrepreneur began whilst studying business at the University of Cape Town. After completing a degree, he ventured into the coal mining business, and pioneered the centralized transportation and export of coal through Richards Bay on the north coast of Kwazulu-Natal. His business interests are global and he and his wife divide their time between homes in South Africa, Britain and America while remaining committed to their African roots and continuing to invest time, energy and funds in the future success and growth of South Africa.
Sadly Graham Beck passed away in July 2010 and he was regarded as a wine pioneer in South Africa. The wineries have been reorganized and the Franschhoek property has been sold.
The vineyards are located in Robertson and Stellenbosch. The Robertson farm, Madeba, which includes the tasting room, is situated in the semi arid Klein Karoo region 6 miles outside the town of Robertson and about 2 hours drive from Cape Town. Cool nights and lots of limestone are part of the formula for success. The cellar is state-of-the-art and is equipped for sparkling and still wine production. The Robertson facility is a unique design which seems to blend into the environment.
The two vineyards in the Firgrove area in Stellenbosch’s Helderberg district, provide most of the premium red varietals to the Graham Beck range. The Stellenbosch region is universally recognized as South Africa’s premier wine region due to its excellent terroir suited to the growing of a variety of premium red cultivars. The farms in the Helderberg region are about two miles from False Bay which ensures fairly constant cooling sea breezes.
The cellar master at Robertson is Pieter Ferreira and he heads up a young and motivated team. Because of his passion for sparkling wine, and his pioneering role in South Africa’s Méthode Cap Classique industry, it is said that Pieter Ferreira has bubbles in his blood. Pieter grew up in Durban and studied microbiology at the University of Pretoria. He was encouraged to enter the wine industry by family friend and rugby legend Jan Boland Coetzee, and began his career working alongside Achim von Arnim, the sparkling pioneer at Cabriere and Pierre Jourdan in 1984 and took advantage of the differing seasons by working harvests in Champagne, France in 1987 and 1989. Pieter was appointed cellarmaster at Graham Beck Wines in 1990. His mantra is that quality is a journey, not a destination, and his sparkling wines have been enjoyed around the world by celebrities and regular people with something to celebrate, including by President Nelson Mandela on his inauguration and for Obama’s presidential nomination. His wines have earned Pieter the “Winemaker of the Year” award in South Africa.