There is nothing more therapeutic than feasting on a breath-taking panoramic view of lush green mountain tops, with a chilled vino in hand and inviting warm hosts. Glenwood Vineyards, a little gem found off the beaten track, 4km outside of Franschhoek encapsulates this perfectly.
Whether you are new-found lovebirds, married veterans or just a group of cyclists stopping by, there is no place best to enjoy the tranquil environment where vineyards and mouth-watering breakfast and light luncheons meet.
An unusual wine tour, which starts in the tasting room, thereafter being escorted into the vineyard and ends in the cellar, where the history of the farm, its wine making and by humorous tales, is passionately described by one of only two female wine makers, in the Franschhoek catchment area, Zinaschke. Steyn.
She is expertly guided by her mentor DP Burger, the head wine maker.It was such a personal experience listening to the passion,drive and love for her craft and also for Glenwood.
Sauvignon Blanc, – Winemakers Comments A richly textured, well-balanced wine layered in classic notes of capsicum and passion fruit, with a fresh, zesty finish
Unoaked Chardonnay, – Winemakers Comments Intense layers of citrus with subtle notes of green apple on the after palate.
Chardonnay Vigneron’s Selection, – Winemakers Comments Bold and powerful citrus burst, mouth-fillingly rich and creamy vanilla with beautifully integrated oak.
Merlot – Winemakers Comments Medium-bodied wine with layers of chocolate, plum and mulberry. Full and elegant, with a long conclusion.
Shiraz – – Winemakers Comments An opulent, full-bodied wine with supple, vibrant fruit and tannins.
A pleasant surprise where young wines on the wine tasting menu, Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay, Chardonnay Vigneron’s Selection, Merlot and Shiraz is sure to be a hit for even the virgin palates.
One can honestly attest to the fact that these young wines can compete on the most opulent menus and therefore no surprise when heard that this boutique winery has risen above and won accolades of its own.
Notwithstanding the above, there are of course a wider variety of wines made on the farm and sold to the public.
I highly recommend the cheese board thereafter which can only be described as simply delicious
This is also a great function venue, for weddings and family events, where you could dance the night away in the cellars.
Worth a visit and then some…
Thank you to Bianco Burger for your first of many more contributions to JAR PHOTOGRAPHY
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