Gorgeous by Graham Beck, the first brand-exclusive bubbly bar in South Africa, has opened its doors at Catharina’s at Steenberg in Constantia.

Deriving its name from the favoured term of endearment of the late Mr Graham Beck, Gorgeous is a statement in indulgent elegance, from the Vivienne Westwood wallpaper to the Tom Dixon lighting above the bar. Guests can enjoy the gorgeous Graham Beck bubblies in the lounge-style area or alongside the bar.

The full selection of Graham Beck Wines’ Méthode Cap Classique can be enjoyed with canapés prepared exclusively for Gorgeous by Executive Chef Garth Almazan of Catharina’s restaurant, located in the same historic building. Among the five dishes on the menu are fresh Saldanha Bay oysters; poached tiger prawn; and asparagus and goat’s cheese risotto croquette, created to complement the Graham Beck sparkling wines.

The Graham Beck sparkling wines will be the exclusive beverage offered, with prices starting at R40 per flute and R200 per bottle. Guests can also try a specific range: the three-wine non-vintage Graham Beck sparkling wines, the three vintage cuvées, or the Cap Classique flagship, Cuvée Clive.

Gorgeous is the latest addition to the Steenberg estate, recently voted among the Top 100 Experiences in the World by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in the USA.  The opening of the Gorgeous Bubbly Bar stems from the closure of the Graham Beck Tasting Room in Franschhoek later this year, due to the sale of the Franschhoek farm.

Gorgeous by Graham Beck, Steenberg Estate, Tokai Road, Constantia. Tel (021) 713 7177,  www.gorgeousbygrahambeck.com Twitter: @GorgeousbyGB,    Facebook @Gorgeous by Graham Beck. Monday – Sunday 11h00 – 22h00.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter:@WhaleCottage