Black and white has always been a classic, chic option when choosing décor or design of any kind. It tends to transcend eras and genres and remains slick and understated whilst at the same time demanding a double take.
The décor and overall ambience of Brenaissance Wine and Stud farm in the Devon Valley of Stellenbosch – the heart and soul of the cape wine route – certainly lives up to the statement it makes from the outset and is all of the above: classic/ chic/ slick and downright beautiful!
Wine tasting for an up and coming important occasion had us venture into the valley, and surprisingly, one almost stumbles upon the estate, though its proximity to the road certainly doesn’t detract from its appeal and immediately one gets a sense of stepping into elegance with a slightly off-beat shabby-chicness including a modern twist in places. The entire venue lines the embankment of a little brook that bubbles its way past the orchards and vineyards…the restaurant and tasting areas accessible by way of bleached wooden bridges onto decks in pockets in the actual cherry orchard and accented with décor details such as black and white roll-up blinds, walls of family-inspired refurbished photo frames, white washed wooden floors, worn leather couches and above all else the feeling of sitting in the orchard itself due to the open-all-round aspect of the dining deck.
The actual function venue sits on a brilliant green lawn which carves a space into the hillside complete with gorgeous little chapel with ornately carved antique wooden front door and side walls entirely of glass. The main reception venue boasts a glossy black and white checked dance floor and elegant chandelier light detailing.
Whilst utterly stylish, every element of the estate and venues carries a charm about it and the attention to detail and finishes is divine!
The Brenaissance story is inspired by a young, entrepreneurial couples’ dream to create the perfect wedding venue for themselves and then a realisation of needing to create income off the land in order to sustain their investment. “The name “Brenaissance” stems from the ideology of Tom & Hayley taking a new path; as husband & wife, as best friends and as business partners. By pairing the first letter of the couple’s surname ‘Breytenbach’ with the word ‘Renaissance’ (French for NEW BEGINNINGS), Brenaissance was born.” (Ref: http://www.brenaissance.co.za/)
Not only is this estate worth visiting if you are planning a wedding, but certainly if you love good food and wine – Café Blanc de Noir offers all of this! Their square pizzas are sublime especially their Biltong pizza, boasting biltong, Danish feta, balsamic reduction and glazed figs…and chop a hole out of the middle of any pizza for their “Hole-some” option with a fresh salad in the middle for those of us who are battling the carb crunch.
Oh, and did I mention their wines – yum, yum and best of all sipped on whilst sitting amongst a blooming cherry orchard – soul singing stuff I tell you!
Booking is definitely essential, so do so, and treat yourself and your family to a day in the vineyards at a truly delightful (relatively new and undiscovered) wine estate with style and flair in oodles.
Best of all, they even have a black and white jungle gym of note for the kiddies – so that mom and dad can actually have a conversation over their wine…
Tick, tick, tick – all the boxes. Enjoy!
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.