Women of Wine SA Festival: Chatting to Melissa Nelsen about Genevieve MCC!

The highly acclaimed Genevieve MCC – the only wine made by Melissa Nelsen – will be showcased at the upcoming Women of Wine South Africa (WoWSA) Festival.

It takes place on Sunday, August 12 from 11h00 to 16h00, in celebration of Women’s Month at the Candlewoods Boutique Venue in Centurion, and also features craft beer, gin and tequila made by women.

Genevieve MCC is inspired by Nelsen’s passion for good quality Méthode Cap Classique. Her mother always encouraged her to be uncompromising and expansive in her vision. Initially Nelsen had her sights set on taking to the skies, and following an inspiring chat with her mother, became a pilot.

These days, whilst not averse to flying, Nelsen prefers to keep her feet firmly on the ground: “But it was from this encouragement to think big that Genevieve was created. If I live to enjoy it, why not make it?” she says.

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Melissa Nelsen, Winemaker of Genevieve MCC

The search for the perfect terroir and quality grapes led Nelsen to Bot River and there she discovered a beautiful pocket of Chardonnay located in the Van der Stel Pass. From the outset, she was determined to make an MCC of unsurpassed quality.

The first vintage was produced in 2008 and released in 2010. After a very successful year Nelsen decided to double production and make this her business. Old Chardonnay vineyards with quality yields and then extensive time on the lees ensures elegant characteristics and style as well as increased availability for the Genevieve MCC.

Why the name Genevieve MCC?
My parents spent much of their time in France indulging their extraordinary love for the radiance and energy of Paris. France’s exuberant ‘city of light’ inspired them to give me the middle name ‘Genevieve’ for the patron saint of Paris.

What vintage will you have at WoWSA and what food does it pair well with?
I’m bringing along my Genevieve MCC 2014 which pairs beautifully with light fish meals but is also great on its own.

How will you be spending Women’s Day and what is your wish for women?
Definitely celebrating with a glass of bubbly; and my wish is for women to continue to shine and celebrate their qualities that make them proud.

Do women bring a different touch to winemaking than men?
I think we mainly think the winemaking through to the end result of what, where and when we would enjoy the wine we are producing.

What do you enjoy about your job?
Being part of the process of the creation of bringing the grape to the bottle.

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 Candlewoods 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.

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Candlewoods Boutique Venue

Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Tickets are R150 a person with children under the age of 18 free. Go to http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1481913163

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