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To honor a long-lived ballooning tradition whilst surrounded by the beauty of nature, a glass of champagne is shared with guests, and who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly?

Like Mark Twain said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”

More about champagne

Champagne is a sparkling wine made from grapes grown in the Champagne region in France, there are many boxes to tick if you would like to call a sparkling wine champagne. According to Wikipedia, some of these include “secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation, specific vineyard practices, sourcing of grapes exclusively from specific parcels in the Champagne appellation and specific pressing regimes unique to the region.”

The first Champagne was created in France, although completely by accident, champagne was known as the devil’s wine because the bottles would explode or the corks would pop because of all the pressure in the bottles due to fermentation only taking place once the wines were bottled.

Some people use the term champagne when they are, in fact, drinking sparkling wine, but in many countries it is illegal to say a product is champagne unless it comes from the region in France and has been produced under the rules mentioned above. The grapes used to make Champagne are black Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier but also white Chardonnay.

In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, champagne was associated with royalty. The leading manufacturers would advertise and market their products to appeal to nobility and royalty, but it made champagne popular among the middle class.

Champagne balloon flights

Hot air balloon flights always go hand-in-hand with a glass of champagne but do you know why? Well, here is the story of how champagne balloon flights came to be:

A French nobleman set off one day with a friend or two for a flight near Paris, when they came down, they were set upon by an angry mob with pitchforks, who thought this apparition from the skies was the devil, but the boys had traditional sparkling refreshments tucked away in their basket. They opened it to prove they were from the local region and truly belonged to mother earth and thus began the tradition of the bottle of sparkling refreshments after a flight.

Our balloon flights depart from Glenburn Lodge in the Cradle of Humankind (and as a new development, from Wine lands in Stellenbosch), and the views are like nothing you’ve experienced before. (Not alien but they are spectacular! Some of the best mother earth has to offer!) Upon landing, you can enjoy a glass of traditional sparkling refreshment with us, the French custom we practise after every flight.

Air to Air Africa offers private as well as corporate flights for up to 16 people. Dom Perignon famously said: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” and with this in mind, we want to invite you to come quickly and experience our champagne balloon flight.

You will not see any stars on your flight, but with our hot air ballooning SA, you will certainly taste them afterwards! Contact us for more information, if you have any questions or if you would like to book your champagne balloon flight.