Sometimes you just feel like a pizza. Or you have children with you and that’s the easiest route to happiness all round. Lots of winery restaurants serve pizza- here are 3 that have genuine wood-fired pizzas that are really delicious.
Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate
Café Blanc de Noir is situated among fruit orchards in the beautiful Devon Valley, and the barn-like structure opens out onto pretty lawns alongside a stream. It’s a very popular venue among students and does a great business in every type of celebration from hen parties to graduation lunches. There is good playground area for children.
The venue only serves pizzas and salads, and the choice of pizzas is relatively limited. They serve your basic Margherita and then there is Cajun Chicken, Parma ham, Caramelized Onion and Biltong as choices. Pizzas are square and served on wooden platters. The bases are thin and suitably crisp, and overall the quality met with our approval. However the Biltong version is served with sweet fig and a balsamic glaze which made it too sweet for our liking, but the Parma ham one was really tasty.
You can order Brenaissance wines by the glass or bottle and Stellenbrau craft beer is also available. You can do a wine tasting, but instead of a server talking you through the wines, you get an information sheet. I liked the way it explained the taste profile of the wines in a simple way with illustrations- informative for casual wine drinkers without being intimidating or patronizing.
Pizzas are a little more expensive here- the Parma Ham is R110.
Our score: 7,5
La Grapparia Pizza & Bistro
You will find this venue at the Spice Route wonderland and the outside space is great. It is situated under the oak trees, with bright red umbrellas creating extra shade and a magnificent view across the valley to Table Mountain. There is a wide range of platters of antipasti, Fairview cheeses or charcuterie, different salads and substantial main courses including eisbein.
The wood-fired pizza oven makes yummy Flammkuchen, a German specialty which is a very thin pizza base topped with cream cheese, finely chopped bacon, garlic and onions. There are 12 different pizzas to choose from, and you can order extra toppings. The dough is thin and crispy, and the tomato base tastes homemade. The pizzas are great value with the most expensive variety, the Parma ham costing R95.
Our score: 8
Mulderbosch has a relaxed contemporary feel to it, and the outside areas with their big cushions, couches and awnings make ideal spots for families and groups of friends. There is a play space with jungle gyms to keep the kids occupied while mom and dad play boules or enjoy the wine.
Mulderbosch serves cheese and charcuterie plates and burgers, but it is their pizzas, baked in a dramatic black tiled wood-fired oven, for which they are famous. The choice is imaginative and includes Portabellini Mushroom and Truffle Oil, Asian Chicken with Roasted Pepper and Coriander, even Slow Braised Oxtail, Butternut and Mushroom. All pizzas cost R95 and in the menu are paired with wine suggestions. Beer drinkers can order Devil’s Peak craft beer which means that everyone can be happy. The pizzas come on round wooden boards that look as if they were wine barrel ends in a previous life, and have thin flaky bases with really generous toppings. And the pizzas are yummy and very big…. we could only eat half and took the balance home for dinner! You can end your meal with a Mulderbosch grappa, a single espresso, and a chocolate coated nougat for R55.
Our score: 9