Western Cape

Pongrácz

Cellar Master

Elunda Basson

“Women are by nature more intuitive and we feel the aromas, not just taste them. We’re curious, more daring, and can jump from getting dirty in the cellar to writing poetic tasting notes in one fluid graceful move.”

A legacy

Wine-making philosophy

Only the finest grapes are sourced to make one of South Africa’s leading and award-winning Méthode Cap Classiques, made in the traditional French method of allowing secondary fermentation to take place in the bottle followed by gentle maturation of between two and five years.

Elunda Basson

Cellar Master

Elunda is one of a handful of female cellar masters in the country. She grew up in Cape Town and although she first considered becoming a vet, the many holidays spent on farms in the Northern Cape sparked her interested in studying winemaking.

She started off working harvests as assistant winemaker at Rickety Bridge Vineyards in Franschhoek, spent a vintage at Dry Creek in Sonoma and was the red wine maker at Nederburg for a number of years. Making sparkling wines and MCC’s was intriguing, and she invested extensively in her skill set to make wines in the time-honoured French tradition of bottle fermentation.

“It’s important not to lose the romance of making bubbly. It’s definitely a mix between the latest technology and using your heart to create something special. I still get a kick from seeing others enjoying my wines in restaurant!”