A touch of French flair in the heartland of the Stellenbosch Wine Route – Marianne Wines

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Marianne Wine Farms, named after the famous fictional character who personifies the French Republic and its ideals; Liberty, Brotherhood and Equality. The face of Lady Liberty is also depicted on European Union Euro Coins and French stamps.

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Marianne Wine Farm is one of the farms owned by the Frenchman Christian Dauriac, who is actively involved in the wine making. Established in 2004, the farm was initially started for export purposes, but has subsequently also started producing wines for the local market.

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The location of the farm was specifically sort out, to exacting standard to ensure that the final product would be keeping in the French Bordeaux style. Once you taste the wines you will immediately taste that the winemaker has achieved this.

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Driving on the R44 you surrounded by so many picturesque valleys and farms. Once you see the Marianne sign, you follow the long and winding road, there jotting out on the horizon you see the Cellar and Tasting Room. An amazing sight if ever there was one.

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The farm has so much to offer, apart from their delicious wines, they have a modern Tasting Room, various types of Accommodation, the newly opened Brasserie, an on-site Chapel and Clubhouse.

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Classified as a Boutique winery as it only produces 80 000 – 100 000 bottles per vintage. All the grapes are handpicked and sorted and this just shows the care taken by Winemaker Francois Haasbroek and his team. All these little extras add to the special wine, produced by Marianne Wines.

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Marianne Wines has 9 estate wines available namely:

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Cape Blend
  3. Desirade
  4. Floreal
  5. Merlot
  6. Sauvignon Blanc
  7. Shiraz
  8. Pinotage
  9. Rosé

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The tasting room was opened to the public in 2011. A very modern chic tasting room, cool in the summer and thanks to an amazing fireplace, cosy in the winter months.

More about our tasting experience in the next post…

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