A festival of bubbly

Hout Bay residents Tim and Cathy Colman with Kerry Hobday.

The Ambeloui harvest festival was held last weekend. Tucked away in the heart of the Hout Bay valley, next to the Disa River, Ambeloui, a half-hectare farm of mostly chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, has been there since 1995. Nick Christodoulou, a Greek Cypriot and retired financial banker, bought the land and took on making méthode cap classique, South Africa’s equivalent of French Champagne. His daughter, Miranda Green, now runs the business.

Alfred Mlata of Mandela Park with Sarah Buchanan of Clovelly with a magnum of Ambeloui MCC.
Erik and Sonja Berger are visiting from Germany.
Regular visitors, Natalie Ellis of Kirstenhof with Meghan Kinnell of Kenilworth.
Front, from left, Di Longmore from Constantia, Gillian Black from Plumstead, Terry Crafford from Kenilwoth and, back, Belinda Wightman from Kirstenhof.
Family friends, Daniel Werner from Noordhoek with Jordan Durro of Clovelly.
Ambeloui winemaker Miranda Green with husband Ashley Green.
Helena Mentz, with Phoebe, from Kirstenhof and Petra Neilon, with Bruno, from Woodstock.
Katie Keane from Noordhoek with Ann Christodoulou of Ambeloui, Hout Bay.
Michelle Wright of Noordhoek with Lynne Day of Tokai and Lindsey Thomas or Noordhoek.