Known for his larger-than-life presence and personality, coal mining magnate, horse breeder and wine industry pioneer Graham Beck passed away earlier this week. He is most widely known for his eponymous wine brand, known for consistently producing one of the best Methode Cap Classique wines. This begun through his driving passion to produce the highest quality sparkling wine in South Africa. The business started on Madeba farm in Robertson, but expanded later with properties in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek as the portfolio and size of the business grew. The wines kept good company, being served at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994 and chosen by Barack Obama to celebrate his own inauguration in 2008. We salute a true maverick in Graham Beck. He might have moved on, but his legacy proudly survives with his family and every bottle of Graham Beck wine.