Swartland, South Africa
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Terre Brûlée is a fairly new project in the Cape winelands, founded in 2013 by Vincent Carême of Domaine Vincent Carême in the Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is known in the wine world as the home of Chenin Blanc, with the main vineyards centered around the village of Vouvray, which is where Vincent has some of his vineyards. Vincent is passionate about Chenin Blanc and has found his spiritual home in the Swartland of South Africa. He cut his teeth making Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, and has brought his expertise to the Cape and makes a Chenin from purchased fruit in the Swartland from a vineyard called Jakkalsfontein.
Terre Brûlée is French for “burned earth” and is a reference to the hot and dry growing conditions in the Swartland, where many of the vineyards are unirrigated and also considered to be old vines. Vincent became enamored with South African and the potential of Chenin Blanc from the region early on, and made many trips to the Cape including working four harvests from 1997 to 2000. His own winery in France was established in 1999.
Vincent’s connection to the Cape runs deeper as his wife Tania is from the Cape winelands, and she has become his business partner as well, watching the winery in France while Vincent visits South Africa to check on his project there.