Glen Carlou is situated between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, boasting spectacular views of the winelands from their tasting room and restaurant. They are a brilliant choice if you feel like good wine and uncomplicated food, with scenery to match.
A little while ago we were invited to visit the farm in celebration of their 30th Chardonnay harvest. While the estate pride’s itself on a range of varietals, their Chardonnay takes centre stage and they have a beautiful selection that promises to appeal to your palette.
If you enjoy a lighter, fresher approach, try the Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2017. For a balance between fruity acidity and smooth wood, go for the Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2015. And if you’re into a beautiful complex white wine, taste the premium Glen Carlou Quartz Stone 2014, which received an impressive 92 points in the Tim Atkin South Africa report.
“Thirty years may not be a long time in the grand scheme of things – especially not in a wine industry as old and esteemed as our own – however, with a consistent track record of award-winning and popular Chardonnays from 1988 until now, we feel the 2017 harvest is a milestone worth marking,” says winemaker Johnnie Calitz
The restaurant and tasting room at Glen Carlou is cool and spacious with high ceilings and wooden beams, and doors on one end opening to panoramic views. The restaurant serves up simple, beautifully prepared dishes inspired by seasonal produce. You can indulge in delights like freshly baked breads, succulent pork belly and oozy chocolate desserts.
After lunch, take a stroll through their Zen Fynbos garden or the art gallery adjoining the restaurant. Curated by Alex Hamilton, the art collection combines contemporary, pop and modern South African works.
I’ve always enjoyed Glen Carlou and I definitely think they’re a worthwhile stop on your wine tasting route.