Wine tasting at Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate

by Karisa

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:

Say hi! Alice…

Now a wine tasting session here costs R50 per person to sample 6 of their wines.  OR you can simply order a glass of wine (or bottle) and a snack and relax at your own pace…

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:

Cute hey?

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):

Named after Brenaissance co-owner Hayley Breytenbach, their Sauvignon Blanc is fresh & crisp. A perfect summer wine. But that Knight of White definitely stole my heart out of the two. It’s a beautiful chardonnay.

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):

I enjoyed both blends – the Lord T (which is named after co-owner Tom Breytenbach) and the Full House were both beautifully smooth. The Merlot was very enjoyable as well, but that Shiraz was the shining star for me personally.

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
  • Stellenbosch

And you can also give them a call on:  021 200 2537

Happy wine exploring guys & girls…



Lea Smit Mar 20, 2014 - 10:25 am


Thank you for your lovely rendition of your Brenaissance Experience! We are happy that you enjoyed it & hope to see you back soon again!

Karisa Mar 20, 2014 - 10:28 am

My pleasure. That wine deck is a winner. 🙂

Clouds Drummond Mar 25, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Wow! This place it beautiful.
Nice pics, lady.

Karisa Mar 25, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Thanks man. Yeah, it’s definitely a different take on a wine tasting space. Loved it. x


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