Elegance and glamour define Absa’s 12th annual Absa Champagne Festival  


South Africa’s only champagne festival now sought after evening event

The Corporate and Investment Banking division of Absa Bank Ltd (Absa), member of Barclays is proud to host the 12th annual Absa Champagne Festival at Summer Place, Hyde Park, Johannesburg on 15 and 16 October 2013.

The Absa Champagne Festival, the only one of its kind in South Africa, provides guests with the opportunity to mingle with France’s leading champagne makers while sampling champagne from 26 exclusive French champagne houses, including Barons de Rothschild, Bollinger, Guy Charbaut, Pol Roger, and Taittinger.

“This year we’re hosting the festival as an evening event – showing our appreciation to our clients and associates in an atmosphere of elegance and subtle glamour that the world’s leading champagne houses bring to Johannesburg each Spring,” said Stephen van Coller, Chief Executive of Absa’s Corporate and Investment Banking division.

Only sparkling wines from a limited area of the French province of Champagne-Ardenne north east of Paris can be called champagne, making the handful of estates producing the famous drink highly sought after the world over. Since its accidental invention by French Monk Dom Pérignon almost 300 years ago, champagne has always be associated with, and desired by, the good, the great and the famous.

Winston Churchill during World War II, famously motivated British forces with, "Remember, gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!” Napoleon said of the famous drink, “Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.”

“However one conceives this ultimate expression of luxury and fine taste, Absa is delighted to be part of making the annual Champagne Festival a sought after annual event,” concluded van Coller.


Notes to editors

The following champagne houses are represented at the 2013 Absa Champagne Festival:

Ayala Barons de Rothschild
Billecart-Salmon Bollinger
Comtesse Alexia Drappier
Follet-Ramillon Gosset
Gratiot Guy Charbaut
Jacquesson Jacquinot
Lahaye Larmandier-Bernier
Laurent-Perrier Le Mesnil
Mailly Marguet Pere et fils
Nicolas Feuillatte Phillipe Gonet
Pol Roger Rene Geoffroy
Serge-MathieuTaittinger Tribaut
Vilmart & Cie

About Absa Corporate Investment Bank, member of Barclays

Corporate and Investment Banking, a division of Absa Bank Limited (Absa) and a member of Barclays Africa Group, 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.

Issued by:
FTI Consulting
Stuart Meyer
+27 11 214 2408
+27 83 618 7260

For further information contact:
Graeme Coetzee
Marketing and Corporate Communications
Absa Corporate and Investment Bank
+27 11 895 6695
+27 79 695 9798

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