Le Lude, a wine farm in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley of South Africa’s Western Cape, follows an ethos committed to its founding family and the crafting of naturally bottle-fermented sparkling wines, known as Cap Classique. Here the Barrow family have made their home, writing a new chapter in a premier wine region where French Huguenots, fleeing persecution for their religious beliefs, landed in the Cape and began making wines in Franschhoek as far back as 1693.
Today Le Lude builds on this important vinous tradition by specialising in Cap Classique, ensuring that grapes expressing site and terroir are coaxed into a premium product of unrivalled excellence. Innovation in the cellar and the restless,
un-comprising pursuit of perfection in the bottle have made Le Lude one of the world’s most exciting new producers
of Cap Classique, a wine becoming internationally renowned for finesse, elegance and refinement.
The pioneering approach of Le Lude is underscored by it being the first cellar to produce an Agrafe® (Tirage Liège) Cap Classique, paving the way for a sector of the South African wine industry on the road to greatness.
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Nic and Ferda Barrow are passionate about the finer things in life and put their hearts and souls into everything they do. This is testament in the many
accolades and awards they have received over the years..
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It all begins in the vineyard from where Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes are sourced, the traditional varieties that have over centuries proven them to be the only grapes suitable for creating sparkling wines of excellence.
Cap Classique is a complex product, demanding the blending of the finest cuvées made from grapes grown on terroirs and sites each allowing an expression of uniqueness and individuality in fruit quality and wine structure. To ensure the cellarmaster has the correct palette to practise his craft, Le Lude has planted vineyards on a selection diverse terroirs and sources grapes from sites best suited to optimum fruit character.
This intriguing spread of grape offerings allows Le Lude to combine a variety of diverse and complementary components to ensure that the varied offering results in a style of wine that reflects the individual personality of Le Lude and the Barrow family.
Nic and Ferda Barrow are passionate about the finer things in life and put their hearts and souls into everything they do. This is testament in the many accolades and awards they have received over the years. The Barrows have been honoured amongst other by the Jewish National Fund of South Africa, for contributions made to President Nelson Mandela Park in Delft and the Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre in Mamelodi. The Barrows also donate several bursaries towards learners from underprivileged communities. The Barrow Family Trust is a corporate sponsor of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nic, an attorney by profession, initiated both the KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival) and the Klein Karoo Klassique art festival.
Born and raised in Stellenbosch, Francois is the youngest of a family of winemakers. He holds a BSc in Winemaking and Viticulture from the University of Stelenbosch and a Postgraduate diploma in Wine Business Management from the University of Cape Town. Francois worked harvests in California, Canada, Australia, and at a number of established wineries in South Africa before settling into his position at Le Lude in 2020.
Chef Nicolene is passionate about both food and travel. This is why she spends most of her time in the kitchen and exploring new recipes abroad.
She and her team use fresh local produce and her uncomplicated style to complete the restaurant’s signature dishes.
“Nowhere have I seen the sublime and the beautiful, the tame and the terrible so well arranged”
The written words of Sir John Barrow on a visit to the Franschhoek Valley during the first British Occupation of the Cape from 1795 – 1803.
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