A dynamic and highly motivated team contributes to our success. In combining their spirit of freethinking and enterprise with a mutual pursuit of excellence, they shape the distinctive Glen Carlou personality. We take pleasure in introducing some of the main players:
Our Chairman leads a board of family and friends who over the years have been united by wine. Wayne's love of wine and the need to follow one's passions resulted in the purchase of Glen Carlou in 2016 with his Pactolus Partners. He spends his time in both the UK and SA, and hopes to use his technological experience to further enhance the company. He is a keen sailor and enjoys travelling with his family.
Having worked for various wine companies around the world, Johan took over the reins of Glen Carlou in May 2009. His passion for people and excellence has seen him steer Glen Carlou through redefining the Company values and business model, as well as improving viticulture and winemaking processes. When the opportunity arises, he heads to the bush in his ‘Landy’ with a fine selection of wines to be opened at appropriate occasions depending on where he is.
Born and raised in Calitzdorp, Johnnie grew up on a wine producing farm. In fact, it was his father's attempt at making wine in 2 litre plastic bottles that inspired him to become a winemaker. Having completed harvests in countries around the world, his experience is where he draws inspiration to create the best wines possible. When not doing punch downs in harvest or travelling and sharing the great wines of Glen Carlou, Johnnie enjoys spending time with his beloved family and camping in the great outdoors.
Petro hails from Port Elizabeth. It was only while studying in Stellenbosch that she fell in love with wine, the wine industry and her future winemaker husband. She feels fortunate to utilise her joy of working with numbers in such beautiful surroundings. Outside of work, Petro enjoys hiking and cooking. She loves to travel and explore new countries around the world.
Originally from Australia, Georgie now calls South Africa home. She was called to the wine industry from a young age; she fell in love with the smells of old fortified wine cellars during several memorable family trips to Victoria. She is incredibly passionate about wine, food and people, and feels that with all three combined a day is never boring. She loves to cook and has amassed a library of recipe books.
Marius grew up in Kroonstad in the Free State. He ventured down to the Cape and studied at Elsenburg Agricultural College. After farming experiences in England and Worcester, he joined Glen Carlou in 2000. Marius has an incredible knowledge and understanding of the land. He likes nothing better than heading off to the Karoo and become one with nature.
Born and raised in Paarl, Mark seemed destined to work in the wine industry. The bug bit him while studying in Stellenbosch and working part time at a local winery. Of course, the fact that his wife is also a winemaker might have something to do with it. He spends much of his time pounding the pavements overseas, sharing our wines with wine lovers. He enjoys keeping fit by cycling, running and playing cricket. He loves spending time with his family and friends in the Lowveld with a glass of wine in hand.
Chef Johan first studied teaching. Our bellies are thankful that he was called to the kitchen. After stints in restaurants around Cape Town and the Winelands, he joined us at Glen Carlou in 2012. He is incredibly creative and often challenges our perceptions with his menu descriptions. Classically trained, he is inspired by his mother and grandmother who were both formidable cooks. When he is not standing over a stove he enjoys freshwater fishing, although we never rely on his catch of the day.
As one of our longest serving team members, Lynn is an encyclopaedia of Glen Carlou knowledge. She spends her days shipping our wines to wine lovers around the world. Outside of work Lynn enjoys the outdoors, beach time in the summer or visiting her local nature reserve with her husband and young daughter. On most Saturdays she does the Park Run with her family, but she is happiest when relaxing at the spa or tending to her garden.
Jezayne hails from Robertson where he worked at a winery in logistics. Today he is our kind, caring and always smiling Tasting Room Manager and on hand to share the Glen Carlou message with wine lovers from all over the world. Eager to acquire as much knowledge as possible, he has immersed himself in the world of WSET (Wine Spirits Education Trust). When he is not studying wine, he enjoys supporting his favourite Stormers Rugby team.
It was only after relocating from Johannesburg to Cape Town that Elize fell in love with wine and the wine industry, dismounting from the pummel horse and her gymnastics coaching career. Elize enjoys working under the backdrop of the impressive Table Mountain, listing our wines in some of the country’s best restaurants. Her fascination and passion for wine is infectious. Outside of work she loves the outdoors and at any opportunity she will be off camping with her family.
Our highly respected and experienced KZN Regional Sales Manager, Meryl was born and raised in the Zulu Kingdom. Her experience in pharmaceutical and hospitality sales led her to wine sales and distribution, where she has more than 18 years’ experience. As an ongoing student at the University of Life, Meryl enjoys wining and dining with her family and friends. She enjoys getting lost in novels and spending time with her precious grandson.
It was while studying as a Chef that Pieter’s love affair with wine commenced. He loves it so much he lectures to Cape Wine Academy students and willingly shares his passion at wine tastings and events on a weekly basis. When he is not selling wine, he loves to braai on his Weber. He enjoys camping and has a notable collection of Doc Martins.
Born and raised in Stellenbosch our Restaurant Manager, Dirk Uys, is your first point of contact with the restaurant. He is also a talented artist with a BA Visual Arts degree. He is often wowing us with his incredible works. When he is not drawing, he enjoys cooking and entertaining friends with plenty of good wine.
Talk to Lecinda Olivier, our event organiser and your saviour. Whatever the function may be, you will be satisfied with her at the reins. Organised, efficient and incredibly creative, she thrives on the variety of events she coordinates. From corporate functions to weddings and family celebrations, each event has its own unique touches. Lecinda also enjoys spending time with her loved ones and the opportunity to be creative.
After a career of 24 years as a Coastal Engineering Technician, an opportunity as a winery production manager was Willie’s entry into the wine industry. For the past 11 years, he has overseen every box of wine shipped or distributed from Glen Carlou. Ensuring that our clients are happy is what keeps him motivated. He loves travelling, gardening and spending time working wood.
A passion for farming, an interest in grapes and the process to get to the end result, led Philip to study Agricultural Management and focus on the wine industry. Glen Carlou is his first permanent position after completing his studies, and he is keen to learn as much as possible under Winemaker, Johnnie Calitz’ tutelage. When not in the cellar, Philip works hard on decreasing his handicap on the golf course. His favourite hole is the 19th with a glass of Chardonnay.
Camel has been our Cellar Foreman since 1992. While it is the busiest time of the year for him, Camel thrives at harvest time. He enjoys seeing the grapes offloaded into the press and ultimately tasting the wine once it has made it into the bottle. For him, his best way to relax is listening to music and watching a good TV program.