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Sabrage World Record Smashed in SA

How the corks popped in Sandton last week.

22 Feb 2010

 Andrew Duminy, General Manager of The Bull Run Restaurant in Sandton has successfully set a new Guinness World Record for opening the most sparkling wine bottles in one minute using a sabre according to the traditional ceremonial sabrage.

Sabrage is a lavish ceremonial technique whereby a champagne or sparkling wine bottle is removed with a sabre or sword. The force of the blade causes the cork and collar to shoot off the neck of the bottle in a show stopping display of bubbles and blasts.

The world record attempt began at exactly 5:00pm on Valentine’s Day at The Bull Run Restaurant. Exactly one minute later at 5:01pm Andrew Duminy had successfully opened 27 bottles of Pongrácz with his sabre, smashing the previous record of 21 bottles set by Andre Saint Jacques from the Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler, Canada on 12 November 2005.

 “We are delighted to now be home to the new world record right here at The Bull Run Restaurant in Sandton,” said Duminy, “The restaurant is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and what better way to mark the occasion than with 27 bottles of bubbly and a sabre?!”


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