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SHOWCASE Following the Wine
and Bubbly Trail along
Plettenberg Bay C
Indulging in local food and wine is a must-do for many Y
travellers. If gastronomy and the odd tipple are high on CM
your agenda, Bramon Wine Estate in Plettenberg Bay won’t MY
disappoint. CY
If you enjoy your wine and company as much as I do, you K
will be delighted to experience a convivial affair in nature of
good, honest homemade fare with excellent wines shared
with friends and family. At Bramon you will find a bit of down
to earth country glamour. Nature and wine is, after all, a great
leveller. In fact, Bramon wines enhance aspects of yourself you
never knew you had – like being waterproof when it rains.

Owners Caroline and Peter Thorpe are by nature, up for new
and exciting adventures. Peter, a bit of an alchemist, decided
their farm would be splendid for grapes and being an ichthyolo-
gist, is good with all things liquid. They did everything them-
selves at first, planting their first stokkies in 2000 (with Caroline
nearly giving birth to her daughter Manon in the vineyards mid

On their first harvest the Thorpe’s decided to make a bubbly
over still wines as they were not sure of the region, weather
or bird damage. Harvests are earlier for champagne method,
hence the birth of Plett’s first Méthode Cap Classique. This
non-traditional Sauvignon Blanc bubbly now has a 4.5 star
rating with Platter’s and additional varietals awarded 4 star and
4.5 star.

Caroline says Peter has immense faith in her, pushing her to
higher limits which is clearly evident with the building of their
250 ton cellar, a ‘nerve wracking experience’ in her words.
Caroline says; “Its proportions are perfect and our cellar master
Anton Smal plays cool tunes to the grapes ensuring they are
HAPPY grapes and the wine that follows is good for you.... with
all that passion and love how can they not be.”

Caroline shares a few insights on Bramon as a new and appeal-
ing venue. • Weddings in the vineyards: ‘Well I have seen inter-
esting things happen to my quince tree and vines. I had balle-
rinas in the quince once... which did look pretty. People LOVE
weddings in the vines. • Concerts in the cellar and music: The
cellar concerts spill out to be enjoyed under the stars. South
Africa has such a great expanse of talent that it is an honour to
house them in the cathedral like cellar where the acoustics carry
like an amphitheatre.

Caroline and hubby Peter share their favourite time of the day
as the sun starts to fade and the madness of the day settles.
This is when she truly relaxes, with a glass of Bramon bubbles
and Ziggy Stardust playing to rivitalise the mind.

To book call +27 (0)44 534 8007, email restaurant@bramon- or visit

23 Dec 2014 / Jan 2015 CEMAIR
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