SA sparkling wines on world top 10 list
27 November 2012
Two South African sparkling wines, Pongracz Rosé Brut and Boschendal Le Grand
Pavillon Brut Rosé, made it onto the top 10 "Best Sparkling Wines in the World" list at the 2012 Effervescents du Monde competition held in Dijon, France earlier this month.
Effervescents du Monde is a competition where over 100 judges select the best
sparkling wines from 660 entries coming from 25 countries around the world.
The Top 10 2012 actually includes 19 wines as "some wines are rigorously equal" and
could not be excluded from the list, Effervescents du Monde said in a statement. The
winners were announced at the event hosted from 14 to 16 November.
The competition's ambition is to "award reliable and representative medals each year,
reflecting the founding motto of Effervescents du Monde: diversity, quality and high
"In 2012, Spain, Italy and Switzerland obtained many medals. These three countries
closely followed by Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Portugal," competition
The competition is in its 10th year, and aims to highlight the efforts made by
sparkling wine producers and encourage scientific research and knowledge about
It was certified by the French consumer protection agency and the European Union
"To be amongst this illustrious line-up of the best sparkling wines in the world in the
land of Champagne, is a wonderful recognition for our Pongrácz team and we are
particularly proud of the recognition for our Rosé," said winemaker Elunda Basson.
"The 2012 edition has been a success, with growth in participation showing that
there is increasing interest in international, quality-based competitions,"
Effervescents du Monde said.