Welcome to the Western Cape Wineries - a kiwi's opinion blog

I originally set up this blog to help foreigners have an enjoyable experience when visiting the western cape wineries in South Africa.

I realised that it is very difficult for a tourist to choose where to go and which wineries to visit, when you have 600+ wine producers to choose from.

When I first moved to SA December 2010, my palate struggled to adjust to SA wine, b
ut after living here for a while and after visiting over 100+ wine estates, I have found many wines which I really like and can highly recommend.

Admittingly, when you come from another country it is hard not to compare the wine in SA to what you are used to back home. However, once you realise they are not the same (they have their own characteristics due to the different soil, climate etc) and appreciate their wines for being SA wines, it will improve your opinion and experience of the wines immediately.

If you are staying in SA for a while, don't dispair, your palate will change, and you will soon find yourself liking SA wine over your home countries wine!!

I hope my blog will help wine lovers have an enjoyable wine experience while in SA.

Please note: I am not a wine connoisseur. The comments I write about the wine is mostly for my own benefit of having them on record.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Glen Carlou - Paarl

This winery has great views from the tasting room and restaurant.

We went for lunch, but unfortunately it was closed. It is closed mondays and open from 11 - 3pm Tuesdays to Sundays. The menu looked absolutely devine, so I do suggest one puts this on the list for a lunch while on the Paarl wine route.

I do plan to go back to Glen Carlou just to try the food and enjoy the views.

We did a wine tasting while there. It is a bit pricey, ranging from R25 - 50 for a tasting. The wines are nice, but again, nothing fantastic.


  1. Good afternoon

    We would love to have you back for lunch!
    Good news our restaurant is now open seven days a week for lunches(11:00-15:00).
    We also offer Thursday evening dinners(18:00-21:00) as well as Friday evening tapas(16:00-19:00)

    Hope to have the pleasure of a visit soon...

  2. I heard great reviews about your restaurant the other day. A coleague went to your restaurant for lunch and said it was fantastic. Great to hear that you have decided to open your restaurant daily!!
    A friend of mine is coming from NZ next month, and we will do a wine tour one day while he is here. I think we might just have to make our lunch at your place on our wine tour. Look forward to going back soon.