A tranquil home for superb wines

This year marks a major milestone for GlenWood Vineyards, as it was 40 years ago that owner Alastair Wood purchased the land with a vision to produce world-class Chardonnays. Twenty-four years later his vision is still as bright, as not only has GlenWood earned global recognition, but has become known as the Home of Chardonnay in Franschhoek.

The magnificent cellars of GlenWood

A haven for Chardonnay enthusiasts, the current portfolio comprises the Grand Duc Chardonnay 2022, Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2023 and the unwooded GlenWood Chardonnay 2024. Great value at about R130 a bottle

Unwooded Chardonnay

Reflecting their noble heritage the Grand Duc Chardonnay 2022 scored 93 points at the 2023 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge. Previous vintages were awarded a 5-star rating in the 2022 and 2023 editions of the Platter Wine Guide, 91 points in the Tim Atkins Special Report on South African Wines, as well as a Gold medal at the 2020 Michelangelo Wine Awards. Without a doubt, an investment wine, winemaker, Natasha Pretorius, describes the wine as a yellow straw colour, with rich vanilla and ripe pineapple aromas. The gentle use of oak results in a palate with toasty vanilla notes, carrying through to citrus and marmalade flavour on the aftertaste. Available from the Tasting Room at R740 per bottle.

Grand Duc

Cellar Master, DP Burger, who has been at GlenWood for more than 30 years was closely involved when it came to only selecting the best grapes for the Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2023, which is currently available from the Tasting Room at R350 per bottle. A magnificent yellow straw colour with subdued aromas of tropical fruits and vanilla. A creamy palate with prominent citrus flavours and dried orange peel on the aftertaste, results in a full, rich and nutty wine. Truly a handcrafted work of ‘art’ this vintage scored an impressive 92 points at the 2023 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge, as well as a 5-star rating in the 2023 Platter Wine Guide for a previous vintage.

Vignerons Selection