A Feast for The Senses This Winter at Glen Carlou
The Glen Carlou experience is about sharing and delighting in wine, food, and art. This winter is no exception. With fewer crowds than the summer months, chillier days at Glen Carlou are serene and allow guests the opportunity to explore the estate at a relaxed pace. Our estate is home to a diverse range of award-winning wines as well as being a discerning destination for epicures and enthusiasts of good food and art alike, not to mention a welcomed crackling fireplace that makes for a cozy environment.
Our wines are showcased impeccably with a range of tastings and pairings on offer, one of these being Lakrids by Bülow. We are one of the very few estates who offer this unique pairing of gourmet Danish liquorice, elevated with four awarded wines at a cost of R100 per person. Alternatively, you can choose from one of the other tastings to be had, including the Essential Tasting (enjoy five of our current core releases) at R60 per person or the Esteem Tasting (comprising of annual releases of distinctive, characterful, individual wines) at R150 per person.
Stay for lunch and complement your Glen Carlou wine encounter with a culinary experience in our restaurant. Chef Johan Stander presents beautiful plates of homestyle dishes that rely on fresh, seasonal produces. The menu changes seasonally and while the chill in the air is still prominent, the focus this winter is without a doubt comfort food. Starters include a parmesan soufflé, served with a crispy smoked cauliflower and truffle; lamb rillette with an apricot chutney, coconut, and fresh mint dressing; or a comforting potato and leek soup, served with crisp leek, confit onion and potato hashbrown. For your main course the roasted pork belly with apple curry crème, apple puree and cumin roasted carrot; or hearty springbok shank with red wine jus, roasted tomato and honey glazed parsnip, are guaranteed to hit the spot. Both the starter and main courses include vegetarian options. A wide selection of decadent desserts, such as the amasi naartjie Malva pudding served with naartjie syrup, vanilla pod ice-cream and anglaise, are also available for those with a sweet tooth. Each dish has been paired with a wine recommendation, to fully round off the taste experience.
Make sure you spent some time meandering around the Gallery @ Glen Carlou. This impressive space houses a selection of contemporary art by both emerging and established South African artists. Exhibitions change every four to six weeks and consistently offer works across a diverse range of mediums for purchase. Each of the artists in the current Paint exhibition – curated by JP Meyer, is presenting two paintings alongside a quote that describes what painting means to them individually, highlighting the importance and relevance of the tradition of painting in our lives today. While the Shaman exhibition – curated by Elfriede Dreyer offers insight into the role of the artist as a Shaman – having always been tied to vision and a position of being between two worlds (that of the visible and the invisible), Shaman showcases works by artists such as Diane Victor, Wilma Cruise, Palesa Motsomi, Daniel Mosako and many more. Both exhibitions are open until 7 August. Whether you are in the mood for creative inspiration, or searching for something to brighten your home, this gallery will not disappoint.