Bramon, named after Peter and Caroline Thorpe’s children Bram and Manon, is the only wine estate this far east of the Western Cape! This family-owned and run estate has broken new ground pioneering vineyards in the Plettenberg Bay area since 2000. With their award winning sparkling wine and still wines, the success of Bramon's vineyard has brought a plethora of new vineyards to the area, paving the way for a new wine route – Plettenberg Bay’s Bubbly and Wine Route!
Bramon consists of a Cellar, Restaurant and Tasting Centre all open daily. The Restaurant and Cellar not only caters for lunches and tours but for tailor made functions and weddings. Ceremonies can take place in the restaurant, set uniquely in the vineyards and gardens overlooking the Elephant Sanctuary and Tsitsikamma Mountains or in the cathedral-like cellar, overlooking the elephants.
Bramon’s award winning Sauvignon Blanc MCC 2008 was placed in the top10 bubblies produced in South Africa in the Old Mutual Trophy Awards - no mean feat for this young wine Estate. Old Mutual is notoriously difficult to garner awards and has proved even tougher this year. Their non-traditional dry Methode Cap Classique brut has the delicate characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc cultivar, the only one produced in the country. A bone dry Sauvignon bubbly, pale lime in colour with a vibrant mousse, has hints of green fig, capsicum and yeasty flavours with melon aromas. The Bramon MCC **** has a refreshingly clean palate and a zesty, lingering lime finish.
The 2012 Vintage of The Crags **** (Sauvignon blanc still), named after the craggy area the vines are planted in, is arrestingly fresh and impressive. Concentrated and herbaceous time with unfurl its minerally charms concealed by rapier-like acidity and a pithy grip.
Bramon is adding a still Chardonnay as well as a traditional Chardonnay MCC to its range of wines for the 2013 vintage. We will continue with our very popular Sauvignon blanc MCC as well as our still Sauvignon blanc and limited edition shiraz rose. An experimental vineyard was planted last year in conjunction with Cape Vines to trial a few other varieties. These include Malbec, Sangiovese, Pinotage and other Shiraz varietals. A still Pinot Noir, Merlot and a Rose bubbly is on the cards for next year’s harvest.
The Tasting Centre:
Wines can be tasted and purchased at cellar price at the conveniently placed tasting centre on the N2. Artworks and wine accessories are also available to purchase. Open 7 days a week 9 – 5pm daily.
Adding to the localness of the wine, Bramon Cellar, completed in 2010, processes the grapes from the press right up to the bottling not only for their own wines but for other wine farms in the area. Bramon’s cellar master, Anton Smal from Villiera acclaim, is very excited by the diversity of flavours attributed to terroir, climate and good old fashioned care. The area has been compared favourably with New Zealand, not only for its climatic and geographic characteristics, but for the style of new aged wines produced, changing perceptions about wines and bubbly. Local is indeed lekker!
The wines can be tasted at the Estates ever-popular restaurant, set in the vineyards overlooking the Elephant Sanctuary and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Langorous lunches, with piping hot homemade breads, and delicate mezze treats of meats, pates, organic salads, soups and oysters rounded off with decadent homemade desserts makes an afternoon a pleasure and treat. Their exciting range of Vukani BEE wines showcases award winning wines whilst educating previously disadvantaged people in viticulture and wine making in the area. What more could one want from The Garden Route!
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The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa