Yesterday was a big day for South African star Bonang Matheba who launched her very own luxury beverage brand in Johannesburg called the House of BNG.
The brand creates its own Brut and Brut Rosé Méthode Cap Classiques (MCCs), can somebody say ‘champagne darling’ already?
In her latest endeavour, Queen B has also become the first black woman to become a member of the Cap Classique Producers Association.
“The House of BNG has been a passion project of mine for a long time. It’s no secret that champagne is my favourite drink, so getting the chance to make my own MCC was an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on!” says Bonang of her latest venture.
— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) March 18, 2019
Known as the “Champagne Queen”, Bonang made a specific decision to make an MCC with Cape grapes rather than a champagne (made from region-specific French grapes) and the House of BNG (which is an acronym for Bonang) was born.
“We have some of the world’s best grapes here in South Africa and so I decided to make a Méthode Cap Classique wine – which is made in exactly the same way as champagne but using Cape grapes. This is my love letter to Africa and I’m excited to introduce it to the world.”
The Riboville Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg was the site chosen to introduce the House of BNG to the world. Inspired by a glorious picnic in the Hamptons, guests were treated to all finest hospitality in celebration of an MCC that is sure to become a South African favourite.
A stellar lineup of South Africa’s elite guests including, Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, Maps Maponyane, Somizi, Jessica Nkosi, Nadia Nakai, Boity Thulo, Gert Johan Coetzee, Rich Mnisi, Luthando Shosha, Kefilwe Mabote, Khanyi Mbau, Pinky Girl and more, did not miss the affair.
Over two years in the making, the House of BNG involved the careful crafting of a truly unique blend by acclaimed Cape Wine Master Jeff Grier, selecting the finest grapes from across the renowned Stellenbosch wine-producing region. To suit her taste preferences, Bonang also collaborated in the creative process, from advising on the balance between bitter and sweet to the size of the bubbles.
“Creating not one, but two products that would carry Bonang’s name was always going to be a challenge, but working so closely with her over the two year period has been a magical journey. Taking cues from Bonang herself, the Brut Rosé and Brut MCCs embody her spirit of vibrancy and optimism from their colour through to the bouquet and palate. It was wonderful to work with someone who knows exactly what she wants,” says Jeff Grier.
The House of BNG Brut and Brut Rosé will initially be available exclusively at select Woolworths stores nationwide and on Woolworths online, following which it will also be released in other retail stores.
South Africans took to Twitter to congratulate Bonang on the achievemet;
I remember people going out of their way to prove that Bonang didn’t own a vineyard, many laughed at her, but she gracefully kept quiet. She knew her vision and didn’t have to stop to prove a point to anyone. A year later she’s the one laughing. #HouseOfBNG pic.twitter.com/MIxJeiZHT3
— Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) March 18, 2019
— Kaone (@Zuri_Kaone) March 18, 2019
— Pinkygirl 🇿🇦 (@tebogopinkygirl) March 19, 2019
-Adapted from a press release