I recently hit the Stellenbosch winelands with my friend Alice to test drive the wine tasting experience at the Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate (stud here not referring to horses or hot men, rather the Boran Cattle they breed on the farm 😉 ).
The estate is situated in the picturesque Devon Valley area and offers visitors a selection of wines, special occasion venue hire, modern farm accommodation & dining at their Café Blanc De Noir.
But Alice and I were there for one thing and one thing only: wine!
The wine deck is where you get your hands on that, and as you will see from these photos, it is a wine deck like no other:
Having never tried any of their wines before, the full wine tasting was definitely needed, and to help guide you through the taste journey, they have these cute place mats which give you info on the character of the wines, what you can pair it with, etc:You of course also have a wine pro on hand to explain the various wines to you as you taste them.
The interesting thing about the Brenaissance wines are that they are actually not made on the farm. They do grow grapes on the farm, but they don’t profess to be wine makers as such as they get their wines made by hand selected well-known wineries from in & around the Stellenbosch area. They also select a specific winery to take care of individual varietals, thus creating a “specialist” type setup.
Their aim is to create wines that are:
Dark & deep in colour
Fruity & intense in flavour
Individual in character
Smooth & well-balanced
Hearing all that, I was very excited to get going…
We kicked off with some biltong to snack on and then onto their two white wines: The Lady H Sauvignon Blanc (R78 a bottle) and the Knight of White Chardonnay (R128 per bottle):Then onto the reds, which also included a little dark chocolate pairing, we tasted 4: The Lord T Red Blend (R88 per bottle), Full House Bordeaux Blend (R148), Queen of hearts Merlot (R138 per bottle) & the Jack of Diamonds Shiraz (R168 per bottle): There really wasn’t any one wines that I could say I didn’t enjoy. And I appreciated that they all had quite a unique overall style. (You can get more info about their wines over here)
Also chilling on that beautiful wine deck is a total treat. So I highly recommend a visit.
Their wine deck is open:
- Fri & Sat: 11:00 – 19:00
- Sun & Public Holidays: 11:00 – 17:00
(Closed on Mondays – Thursdays, Christmas Day & New Years. Closing for Winter: May – October)
You’ll find them at:
- 75/2 Devon Valley Rd
And you can also give them a call on: 021 200 2537
Happy wine exploring guys & girls…