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...

Lunch with André Serfontein at the Gallery @ Glen Carlou   The exhibition, True to Nature, by André Serfontein will come to a close on Sunday, 07 April. André’s first solo exhibition attracted great interest from across the world and particularly impressed with the way he captures expression, vulnerability and sexuality. Wine, food and art are inextricably linked and we delight in sharing our world with you. We are excited to invite you to a celebratory lunch, in the company of André Serfontein, on Sunday the 7th of April at the Restaurant @ Glen Carlou. The opportunity to engage with an artist over an...

Country Life Magazine's Best Sauvignon Blancs in South Africa   With the last bit of Summer still in the air, Greg Landman, wine writer and enthusiast, compiled his list of the best South African Sauvignon Blancs. Both the 2018 Glen Carlou Sauvignon Blanc and the newly released 2017 The Glen Carlou Collection Sauvignon Blanc features on this list of Summer favourites. Sauvignon Blanc, known as South Africa's second favourite white wine varietal, can range from easy drinking fruit driven wines to more mineral full-bodied wines depending on where the grapes are harvested and the style in which the wines are made in. Discover Glen...

The Restaurant @ Glen Carlou, one of the best restaurants on a wine farm.   The Cape Winelands offer some of South Africa's best dining opportunities, The Inside Guide has put together their list of the best 32 restaurants on a wine farm and the Restaurant @ Glen Carlou is one of them. With spectacular views, a seasonal menu and wines paired with each dish, Glen Carlou is definitely worth the 20 minutes drive from Cape Town. In the heart of the Cape Winelands, situated between Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, the Restaurant @ Glen Carlou offers beautiful views of the Drakenstein Mountain Range and...

Haven gives back on International Wildlife Day   Wildlife conservation is something we are very passionate about and we believe that it is our responsibility to conserve this treasure for future generations. The Haven Collection wines, our export range, were specifically created to aid in the conservation and protection of one of South Africa’s most majestic animals – the lion. All over the world lions have been taken as pets, abused in circuses or kept in small confinements for the pleasure of select individuals. The Drakenstein Lion Park is one of the only sanctuaries in the Western Cape providing rescued lions with a safe space free...

The Best Summer Chenin Blancs   South Africa is known for producing exceptional Chenin Blancs. Country Life magazine's Greg Landman took it upon himself to search the country for South Africa's best Chenin Blancs for Summer. Landman, a passionate wine enthusiast, writer and wine guide listed the Charms of Chenin in this article. Glen Carlou's Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc, The Welder, was the only dessert wine style that made the selection and listed, by Landman as one of South Africa's bests. This Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc is bright and vibrant on both the nose and palate, this wine shows concentrated flavours of dried apricots, ripe orange...

Michael Olivier's perfect pairing with Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend   The Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend - a new addition to the Collection (previously known as the Curator's Collection). The wines are all site-specific and a true expression of their terroir, the fruit being what our winemaker believes to be exceptional examples and the production limited to a few barrels only. The grapes for the Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend are harvested on the estate and the blend is made up of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot, a classic Bordeaux blend. The wines were vinified separately for later blending...