Absa Capital again hosts South Africa’s only Champagne Festival  

Absa Capital, the corporate and investment banking division of Absa Bank Limited, and affiliated to Barclays, will be hosting the 11th annual Absa Capital Champagne Festival on Saturday, 15 September 2012, at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

The Champagne Festival, the only one of its kind in South Africa, provides guests with the opportunity to mingle with world class champagne makers and sample champagne from 27 exclusive French champagne houses, including Barons de Rothschild, Bollinger, Guy Charbaut, Laurent-Perrier and Taittinger.

“The festival continues to provide Absa Capital and Absa Wealth with an ideal platform to show our appreciation to our clients in an atmosphere of history and fine taste, that this world class event brings to Johannesburg each Spring,” said Stephen van Coller, Chief Executive of Absa Capital.

Champagne was invented about 300 years ago by a French monk cellar master, named Dom Pérignon, who unwittingly corked a batch of semi-fermented wine that still contained carbon dioxide.

Fermentation ceased during the cold winter, but as the bottles warmed the following spring, they began exploding. The alarmed Dom Pérignon sampled an intact bottle and called out: "Come quickly! I'm drinking stars!"


Notes to editors

The following champagne houses will be represented at the 2012 Absa Capital Champagne Festival:

Ayala Larmandier-Bernier
Barons de Rothschild Laurent-Perrier
Billecart-Salmon Le Mesnil
Bollinger Mailly
Drappier Marguet Pere et fils
Foliage Phillipe Gonet
Follet-Ramillon Philipponnat
Gosset Pol Roger
Gratiot Pommery
Guy Charbaut Rene Geoffroy
Janisson et fils Serge-Mathieu
Lahaye Taittinger
Lallier Tribaut

About Absa Capital

Absa Capital, a division of Absa Bank Limited (Absa) and affiliated to Barclays, is a leading South African corporate and investment bank with global reach, offering clients financing, risk management and advisory solutions in a wide range of currencies and structures across the globe.

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For further information contact:
Graeme Coetzee
Associate Principal
Marketing and Corporate Communications
Absa Capital
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