Wine Worth Travelling For: More than just 'oh-so-smooth' wine at Glen Carlou

2017-11-18 14:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - With the increasing association between art and fine wine in recent times, Glen Carlou Wine Estate has made a name for itself in both these spheres. 

Established in 1985, I recently had the privilege of spending the day at their picturesque estate, while celebrating their 30th anniversary. 

Nothing less than a summer vibe best describes the experience, as the estate embodies a friendly feel, perfect for a end-of-year holiday day-trip, even if you are a stranger to Paarl. 

Wine not?

Some 30 years of creating its bespoke wine can be savoured in the perfection of their Chardonnay, that is oh-so-smooth - as a result it has gained attention from not just the local wine enthusiasts but international experts too. 

While Chardonnay may be what the estate is well-known for, the farm also produces a diverse range of varietals, including the brand new easy-drinking Pinot Noir Rosé and the Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Eat your heart out

The wine and food work in perfect balance at the Restaurant @ Glen Carlou - with the menu seeing an exciting menu update every three months, according to the seasons. Every meal prepared by Chef Johan Stander looks to expertly compliment the estate’s award-winning wines.

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During my visit it became apparent that Glen Carlou has also established itself as a go-to destination for art lovers.

Curated by local painter, Alex Hamilton, the gallery is home to a variety of vibrant collections from contemporary, pop and modern art mediums - making up a  diverse selection of installations, photography, embroidery and ceramic displays contrasted with the more traditional painting and sculpture artforms.

If you plan on visiting, mark Sunday, 03 December in your diary as Hamilton will be unveiling a brand new exhibition eentitled ‘Cruel, cruel summer’.

The gallery is open Monday – Sunday from 10:00 – 16:00. Check out the Glen Carlou website for any updates.

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