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Haute Cabriere is a long time resident of the Franschhoek Valley and has become known far and wide for production of Chamagne style sparkling wine. Established in 1982 and with its first bottling in 1984, Haute Cabriere is the name that most people recognize, but it actually consists of two farms at different ends of the Franschhoek Valley. The two labels are Pierre Jourdan which specializes in sparkling wines, and Haute Cabriere which specializes in still wines. Haute Cabriere specializes in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which leads right in to its sparkling wine production. The Haute Cabriere makes good Pinot Noir, but they have stayed away from producing a single bottling chardonnay. Instead they have pioneered the way in South Africa for a crisp and popular style of white, being a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend in which Chardonnay makes up the majority of the blend.
As with many farms in the region, Haute Cabriere has a long history, originally being granted to a French Huguenot named Pierre Jourdan in 1694. There is a history of French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in their native lands and settling in this area of the Cape which became known as French Corner.
The wines are made by Achim von Arnim who aims to continue the pioneering tradition started by Pierre Jourdan. In the early 1980s the farm was replanted with the usual Champagne grapes which was a pioneering move back then. Achim is a very charismatic and welcoming host, and on occasion can be seen opening a bottle of sparkling using the sabering technique. Achim is now being assisted in the winemaking department by son Takuan.