From a mere passion for good quality Méthode Cap Classique lead Genevieve MCC founder Melissa Genevieve Nelsen into the winemaking industry as a profession.
Melissa’s mother always encouraged her to be uncompromising and to expand her vision. Melissa once had her sights set on taking to the skies but was unsure how to pursue this aspiration. Following an inspiring chat to her mother she decided to become a pilot. These days, whilst not averse to flying, Melissa prefers to keep her feet firmly on the ground (favouring the countryside!) “It was from this encouragement to think big that Genevieve was created. If I live to enjoy it, why not make it?” Melissa shares.
The search for the perfect terroir and quality grapes led her to Bot River and Melissa found a beautiful pocket of Chardonnay located on the Van der Stel Pass. Determined to make unsurpassed quality sparkling wine from the outset and to continue to do so each year was the basis for the creation of Genevieve MCC making Melissa’s sparkling objectives with this wine achievable.
5500 bottles of Genevieve MCC were produced in 2008 and released in December 2009, followed by the 2009 vintage and in 2012 the Genevieve MCC 2010 was released. With extensive time on the lees, Genevieve MCC ensures elegant characteristics and style.
Why the name Genevieve? Melissa’s parents spent much of their time in France with an extraordinary love for the radiance and energy of Paris. This ardour to the name lead to the election of Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, as Melissa’s middle name with the aspiration that she would come to epitomise the same exuberance and uncompromising optimism evoked by France’s City of Light.