Wines from South Africa


Witty, brilliant and occasionally provocative, Desiderius Pongrácz was a blue-blooded count from the Hungarian aristocracy who chose to live his life as a man of the land pursuing a career in viticulture. After graduating from the Hungarian Academy for Agriculture in 1944, he joined the cavalry in the Hungarian army. Shortly after Hungary’s surrender, he was captured by the advancing Russians and spent a decade toiling in the infamous labor camps of Siberia.

Finally, with the war over and his homeland in the steely grip of the Soviet Union, Pongrácz set his sights on Africa and through family connections secured a position as a farm manager in Namibia. In 1958, he relocated to the Stellenbosch winelands where he worked as a farm manager before joining the research institute of Nietvoorbij in 1963. While at the research institute, he obtained his Masters of Science Degree in Agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch.

In 1973, he was appointed Chief Viticultural Adviser at Distillers Corporation. Desidirius Pongrácz helped shape the South African wine industry through his intellect, insight, knowledge, innovation, vision and above all, fearless tenacity to pursue what he believed to be right. He had a major influence on the introduction and propagation of premium grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and understood the importance of these and other noble cultivars in the future of the South African wine industry.

Pongrácz died at the age of 61 in hospital after a tragic accident while transporting Chardonnay vines to Uitkyk Estate.

Pongrácz Methode Cap Classique "Champagne"

This traditional method champenoise wine shows light toast and citrus notes on the nose and is bright and lithe on the palate.

The wine is an ideal aperitif and pairs well with shellfish, salads and fruit based dishes.

The wine will reward short to medium-term cellaring.

UPC #: 6001497114502