I attended the launch party of Renegade London Wine on Friday, a new wine bar that makes it own products (wine!) in house!
All the products come from family grape growers and they hand harvest the lot, whizz it back to London in refrigerated trucks where Renegade destem, ferment, age, filter, fine, bottle, cork, wax and label – sounds fun but hard work!
To stand out from the market, the guys behind Renegade, Warwick Smith and Josh Hammond, are trying to use more unusual and differentiated winemaking methods to produce a more unique product as well looking at wine on tap, wine in a can and dry hopped wines.
The winery tap room will soon sell the full selection of Renegade wines available, including Sauvignon Blanc, Bacchus, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a Chestnut Aged Bacchus Marc. The Renegade branding has a strong focus on London, which is shown from their branding including labels from The Shard to the more traditional Battersea Power Station.
The wine bar itself is typically East London – essentially a warehouse just behind the Salmon and Ball in Bethnal Green with indoor and outdoor seating. I liked it because it was chilled and felt more authentic seeing all the barrels ready to be bottled up. Open Fridays from 5pm – 11.30pm and Saturdays from midday to 11.30pm, it is worth checking out!
Also find Regendae at London Wine Week from 5-11 June!