What better way to end off the year than at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by MasterCard, which takes place over the weekend of 5 and 6 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument. This year’s theme is Black and White with a touch of Bling.

Relax in the grand marquee situated on the majestic lawns or mingle with winemakers as they present some of South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) and France’s best Champagnes. Complementing the selection of MCC’s are delectable delights offered by the local restaurants that have firmly entrenched Franschhoek’s status as one of the world’s premier culinary destinations.

“The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival allows visitors to sample exquisite, locally-produced dishes and Cap Classiques with the naturally-beautiful Franschhoek as a backdrop,” says Nadine Mouton, Vice President, Marketing, MasterCard, South Africa. “MasterCard is excited to once again bring this unique and priceless experience to wine and food lovers who admire the country’s best offerings.”

Well-known local MCC producers at SA’s social calendar highlight include Pierre Jourdan, Morena, Môreson, La Motte, Boschendal, Colmant, Leopard’s Leap, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, JC le Roux, Pongracz, Simonsig, Steenberg and Villiera. Newcomers include Maison Wine Estate, Grande Provence and Le Lude. Some of France’s best Champagnes will be represented by brands such as Piper Heidsieck, Champagne Guy Charbaut and Veuve Clicquot.

Bread & Wine, The SalmonBar, Haute Cabrière, Le Franschhoek, L'Ermitage, The Restaurant at Grande Provence and Mont Rochelle are a few of the restaurants showcasing their menus during the festival.

The best-dressed couple will be awarded each day with a R5 000 MasterCard gift card, which is the perfect excuse to dust off your best bling shoes, jacket or hat. Spend your prize money on more bubbly to take home with you, or plan a trip to one of the wine farms showcased at the festival.

Tickets cost R200 per person and include access to the festival, which is open daily between 12pm and 5pm, and a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons. Additional vouchers can be purchased on the day. Children under 18 years will be allowed free entry to the festival.

Book directly through, but hurry, as tickets are limited. Use your MasterCard payment card to pay and receive a 10 percent discount on your ticket purchase, as well as a 10 percent discount on all purchases made at the festival.

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