Glen Carlou Chardonnay ‘A Stand Out’ on The Sommeliers Selection List 2019   The Sommeliers Selection offers a different perspective to other wine competitions and ratings. The wines are assessed exclusively by professionally trained sommeliers who evaluate entries as they would consider wines for designing a wine list. Entries are judged for their food appropriateness and their gastronomical relevance. The judges look at stylistic approaches to wines, regionality and price points. The South African Sommeliers on the panel all have extensive local and international judging and work experience. Their in-depth knowledge of international and local markets, and what the public is looking for...

2019 Tim Atkin (MW) Special South Africa Report   Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, visited the Cape earlier this year, tasting through more than 2000 wines. In his month in South Africa, he visited the most prominent wine-producing regions to gain a better understanding of the current state of the South African wine landscape. In his seventh Special South African Report, Tim Atkin (MW) remains as enthusiastic and positive as ever about the South African wine scene. Atkin's statement after his latest visit: "I’m still convinced that the best Cape wines are world-class and represent outstanding value for money. Ever creative, ever-evolving, the...

Watch this Space, We are Renovating     We are turning the ordinary into something extraordinary! The Visitor Centre - Tasting Room, Restaurant and Gallery @ Glen Carlou will be getting an interior facelift. The Visitor Centre will be CLOSED from Sunday, 25 August to Monday, 9 September. Our revamped space will reopen on the 10th of September and we cannot wait to welcome you back to Glen Carlou right in time for the new Spring Menu. We might not be open, but you can still purchase your favourite Glen Carlou wines through our online wine store! As an added bonus, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all...

The Sunflower Foundation Ladies Lunch @ Glen Carlou   It is a great privilege to host this year’s Winelands Sunflower Foundation Ladies Lunch. For 20 years, The Sunflower Foundation has brought hope and assistance to patients and families affected by blood-related cancers and diseases. The Fund recruits stem cell donors, maintains the registry of donors and creates awareness through educational programs. The Sunflower Foundation maintains a patient support fund to assist patients who are unable to afford costs associated with getting to transplant, as well as being actively involved in creating a platform for support structures to assist patients, families and communities. The annual ladies’...

National Red Blend Trophy for Glen Carlou at 2019 Novare Terroir Wine Awards   The Novare South African Terroir Wine Awards honours the wines which truly portray South Africa’s different wine-growing areas. All entries must be certified Wine of Origin from a specific single vineyard, estate, ward or small district (not divided into wards). We are thrilled, Glen Carlou was awarded the National Red Blend trophy at the 2019 Novare Terroir Wine Awards for our 2017 The Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend. With only 2660 bottles made, this small production and highly sought-after wine has also garnered a Double Gold at 2018 Michelangelo International...

An Expression of Self at the Gallery @ Glen Carlou   self: noun \ ˈself , Southern also ˈsef\ Mirriam-Webster Definition(s) of self: 1a: an individual's typical character or behaviour b : a person in prime condition 2 : the union of elements (such as body, emotions, thoughts, and sensations) that constitute the individuality and identity of a person 3 : personal interest or advantage 4a : the entire person of an individual b : the realization or embodiment of an abstraction 5 : material that is part of an individual organism   The new 'self-portrait' exhibition: SELF, opened in the Gallery @ Glen Carlou on Sunday, the 28th of July. With 'selfies'...

On the 23rd of May, MD Johan Erasmus and Executive Chef Johan Stander travelled to Graaff Reinet to present a bespoke wine dinner - a kickstart to the Karoo Wine Club's annual Stoep Tasting festivities. Tony Jackson, was there and gives us a little insight as to what went down when the locals were dressed in tuxedos and the food and wine a perfect match to a jolly night in the Karoo. -------- A Bespoke Dinner with Glen Carlou, unrecognisable Gordon and forgetful Heidi By Tony Jackman• Daily Maverick, 24 May 2019. When you’re hosting your own dinner party at home, you get to choose your...

Country Life Magazine's Favourite Merlots   The Glen Carlou Merlot is a firm favourite in our collection and wine writer, Greg Landman recons a favourite in South Africa. In an article for Country Life Magazine, Landman compiled a list of his 16 favourite Merlots to sip this winter. The 2018 Glen Carlou Merlot was made from 5 different vineyards on the Simonsberg slopes, blended together to create an intriguing Merlot from this appellation. Each vineyard block was fermented separately after extensive cold soak maceration - to extract optimal colour and flavour from the grapes. Only freerun juice was matured for 12 months in...

Sauvignon Blanc Day: 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is here   What are Fridays for, if not for glasses of chilled Sauvignon Blanc and sushi (insert other Friday treat)? As such it delights us that the 2019 Glen Carlou Sauvignon Blanc is released today, a Friday, on International Sauvignon Blanc Day. Although we need no convincing as to why a glass (or bottle) of Sauvignon Blanc is a good idea, we thought to share with you why Sauvignon Blanc is one of our, and South Africa’s, favourite varietals. A reason for celebration: The 2019 Glen Carlou Sauvignon Blanc is the first wine from the 2019...

Glen Carlou 2019 Harvest Report   The 2019 Glen Carlou harvest officially came to an end on the 5th of April and we are celebrating a beautiful season. Bin after bin our excitement has only grown and with the last grapes finally in, we can hardly contain it – what a fantastic vintage to look forward to. As always it requires incredible teamwork, passion and grit to get the grapes in the cellar under optimal conditions and at just the right time. The dedication, long hours endured and the never-failing enthusiasm of the team is admired and certainly plays a key role in...