Witty, brilliant and occasionally provocative, Desiderius Pongrácz
was a blue-blooded count from the Hungarian aristocracy who chose to live his
life as a man of the land pursuing a career in viticulture. After graduating
from the Hungarian Academy for Agriculture in 1944, he joined the cavalry in
the Hungarian army. Shortly after Hungary’s surrender, he was captured by the
advancing Russians and spent a decade toiling in the infamous labor camps of
Finally, with the war over and his homeland in the steely grip of
the Soviet Union, Pongrácz set his sights on Africa and through family
connections secured a position as a farm manager in Namibia. In 1958, he
relocated to the Stellenbosch winelands where he worked as a farm manager
before joining the research institute of Nietvoorbij in 1963. While at the
research institute, he obtained his Masters of Science Degree in Agriculture at
the University of Stellenbosch.
In 1973, he was appointed Chief Viticultural Adviser at Distillers
Corporation. Desidirius Pongrácz helped shape the South African wine industry
through his intellect, insight, knowledge, innovation, vision and above all,
fearless tenacity to pursue what he believed to be right. He had a major
influence on the introduction and propagation of premium grape varieties such
as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and understood the importance of
these and other noble cultivars in the future of the South African wine
Pongrácz died at the
age of 61 in hospital after a tragic accident while transporting Chardonnay
vines to Uitkyk Estate.
Pongrácz Methode Cap
traditional method champenoise wine shows light toast and citrus notes on the
nose and is bright and lithe on the palate.
The wine is an ideal aperitif and
pairs well with shellfish, salads and fruit based dishes.
The wine will reward
short to medium-term cellaring.
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