Dainty Bess originally started in 2009 when Jane Ferreira-Eedes’ parents made sparkling wine from a small vineyard planted at their gardens at Klein Optenhorst in Wellington and named it after the historic property. After 29 years, they decided to sell Klein Optenhorst to begin a new gardening venture in Montagu.
Winemaker Eedes later decided to continue producing the wine and called it Dainty Bess, after one of her mother’s favourite roses.
The 100 percent Pinot Noir MCC will be showcased at the upcoming Women of Wine South Africa (WoWSA) Festival which takes place on Sunday, August 12 from 11h00 to 16h00, in celebration of Women’s Month at the Candlewood Boutique Venue in Centurion. The event will also feature craft beer, gin and tequila made by women.
After harvesting, the grapes are transported to the Graham Beck cellar in Robertson where Ferreira-Eedes makes Dainty Bess.
Tell us about Dainty Bess and what food it pairs well with?
Dainty Bess Pinot Noir Méthode Cap Classique is 100 percent Pinot Noir Rosé sparkling wine. Its delicious berry flavour means you can enjoy it with scones and cream at tea time. However, there is a more serious, substantial side to the wine in that it has had three years lees contact, and so will also pair well with more savoury dishes such as a creamy risotto, tomato tartlets or even smoked duck. As a Méthode Cap Classique, it’s also great as an aperitif.
How will you be spending Women’s Day and what is your wish for women?
Enjoying some free time with my husband and children and indulging in a little bit of gardening. There will be wine, of course
How difficult is it as a woman wine professional in what is still a male-dominated industry?
It’s an industry that allows women to succeed, although there are still some old-fashioned frustrations such as wage gaps between women and men.
Do women bring a different touch to the wine industry than men?
Wine is an expression of artistry so you could argue women are open to understanding the subtly and nuance of wine better than men. However, I know lots of men in the wine business who have plenty of flare and passion for wine.
What do you enjoy about your job?
The people are very real and the post-apartheid wine industry is relatively young, which means it’s constantly evolving and becoming more assured. It’s wonderful to be part of that journey.
In addition to the unlimited tastings on offer at WoWSA, guests will have the option of purchasing a wide variety of foods (bring your own blankets and umbrellas) and picnic on the beautiful lawns of Candlewood Boutique Venue. All wines at the tasting event will be on offer to purchase and drink with lunch as well as to take home. Wine Menu will deliver purchased wines for a small additional fee.
Music will add to the relaxed atmosphere and there will be entertainment for children.
Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Tickets are R150 a person with children under the age of 18 free.