Glenwood Vineyards
Glenwood Vineyards
4.5
MountainsWineries & VineyardsValleys
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
GlenWood is a very special place. Located in the little-known valley of Robertsvlei, a few kilometers from Franschhoek, close to Cape Town, the farm is surrounded by aspects of outstanding natural beauty. Using only the best materials and sustainable viticulturist practices, we have developed the farm over the past thirty years, winning numerous awards for our vineyards and our hand-crafted wines. Our credo, "simple, natural, quality", pervades our thinking across all parts of the business; simple, be it architecture, label design or the way we approach decisions; natural, be it the farming practices we use, the wine making process itself, or the replanting of indigenous fynbos throughout the farm; quality, be it of the grapes we produce, the wines we vinify, the gourmet sushi we offer or the human relationships we foster on and off the farm.
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  • Protea Girl
    East London, South Africa173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top shelf!
    Glenwood was definitely a highlight for us on our trip to Franschhoek. We were hosted by Chris and Theswill. We were given a warm welcome and loved that the tasting was personal, informative and intimate. We spent the afternoon relaxing in the restaurant near the warm fire while it rained and gusted outside. The farm also has a protea garden that could be seen from the restaurant, all the ladies were presented with a protea, which I thought was so different and special. The wines are exceptional and the sushi was all it promised to be, Lungani is definitely a talented chef. A must-visit when in Franschhoek!
    Dear proteagirl, Thank you so much for the review of your visit to GlenWood yesterday. We were delighted that you enjoyed the personal, informative and intimate tasting next to the fire. Chris and Theswill are great members of our staff who like nothing more than interacting with guests. Your comments have already been communicated to them and will be placed on their respective files. Lungani, too, is amazing in his ability to prepare such outstanding sushi, as are our winemkaing team who you of course did not meet. We look forward to hosting you on a return visit when the weather plays its part and allows you to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty which surrounds us. Kind regards,
    Written 11 September 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • TerryFol
    Perth, Australia35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful winery just off the beaten track with great staff
    Tasted some lovely wines (Chardonnay a specialty) at Glenwood on a cold and wet day. Was treated like royalty by Theswill who helped us with the wines and showed us around the place. The views from the restaurant are stunning as well. Well worth tue short drive from town.
    Dear 247terryfol, Thank you so much for your complimentary assessment of your visit to GlenWood yesterday, including the wines you tasted and the service you received from Theswill. Your compliments have already been conveyed to him and placed on his file. Our staff enjoy nothing more than to interact with guests such as yourselves who are interested and enthusiastic about what we do. You will need to return again on a sunny day when the weather can pay its part in showing you the stunning scenery around us. Kind regards,
    Written 18 September 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Wanneke V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding experience
    Undoubtedly, this was one of the most outstanding experiences. The vineyard was stunning, the sushi was top-notch, and the service was exceptional. Chris and Foster went above and beyond to ensure this would be a memory to cherish forever. From the superb wine and sushi to the 4x4 adventure and the breathtaking lookout point, this is definitely an experience to include on your bucket list. Thank you so much Team Glenwood!!
    Dear moemin1991, Many thanks for the extremely complimentary review of your visit to GlenWood. Both Chris and Foster excel at entertaining our guests and it is obvious from your comments that you were the beneficiaries of that. I assure you that your comments will be passed on to them and that they will be most appreciative. In addition to Chris and Foster's undoubted hospitality skills, we are indeed blessed with wonderful surroundings within which our guests can enjoy our top quality wines and sushi. Kind regards,
    Written 16 October 2023
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    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Michelle F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another amazing time at Glenwood!!
    We are fortunate in that we are able to travel the world a lot. South Africa is one of our favourite countries and Glenwood in Franschhoek is one of our absolute favourite vineyards to visit when we are there. It's way ahead of many much more famous vineyards in our view. The setting is picture postcard perfect and because it is a little out of the way, it is incredibly peaceful too. But what makes this place stand out for us is the quality of all the wine - and the service that goes with it. In particular, Theswill really goes out of his way to make the experience extra special. We were lucky enough that he was there again on this visit and it was once again a fabulous time. We enjoyed the tasting under the vines in the courtyard - and he even let us try the Grand Duc Syrah direct from the barrels in the cellar. That's a first for us and such a special treat to be able to enjoy. We ran into a problem near the end when we realised we had left our payment card in our apartment. With no cash on us we were more than concerned how we would pay. But both Theswill and Chris went out of their way to assure us it wasn't a problem, to relax and enjoy finishing the tasting. They were totally happy to let us come back another day and pay even though they knew we weren't locals. I think that's exceptional service and we really appreciated it. In the end a swift taxi home & back sorted out the payment issue but they never ever made us feel it was necessary, that was just on us not wanting to owe anyone money! So another fabulous day out at Glenwood and we shall be returning soon to take advantage of their tasty looking October sushi specials!
    Dear S9229BZ, We were delighted to receive your exceptional review of your most recent visit to GlenWood. Our wines, service and unbeatable location are indeed very special in our minds but this is always in the eye of the beholder, so we very much appreciate that you enjoy it all as much as we try to present it. Our team is indeed amazing and we are very pleased with how your incident was handled. We are already looking forward to your next visit. Kind regards.
    Written 24 October 2023
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    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Zara M
    Guildford, United Kingdom136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful lunch with Foster!
    We had the pleasure of a sunny Sushi lunch, and were looked after by the totally lovely Foster. What a treat! He gave us great food recommendations and spoke so passionately about the wines. After our meal he even offered for us to taste a few extra wines and spoke to us about each. What a lovely afternoon- sushi was fantastic too! Thanks so much for taking such good care of us Foster.
    Dear ZaraM243, Many thanks for your visit to GlenWood yesterday and for your exceedingly positive review. I am always delighted when one of our team makes such an excellent impression through outstanding service, as Foster must have provided. Of course, the rest of the team also contributes indirectly so please be assured that your message of appreciation will be relayed to Foster and to them all tomorrow when they return from their day off. Kind regards,
    Written 19 November 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Simon And Sarah
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An exceptional experience.
    Glenwood is a hidden gem where you get an authentic wine tasting experience rather then a rushed, robotic tourist version. The stunning location is matched by exceptional wines and staff who are both passionate and professional. Having been so disappointed with our experience yesterday we were delighted to meet Theswill who was happy to indulge us with his knowledge and enthusiasm. We learnt a lot about the wines, the company and the owners ethics. We can’t recommend visiting Glenwood enough.
    Dear simonandsarah1, We were delighted to receive the excellent review of your visit to GlenWood earlier this week. How you describe your experience is exactly what we strive to have our wine tasting guests receive - top wines and outstanding and unhurried personal service in an outstanding location. Theswill is a key member of our staff and he will undoubtedly appreciate your comments when they are shared with him today. We do hope that we will host you again in the near future. Kind regards
    Written 25 November 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Georgia Nikakos
    Jervis Bay, Australia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wine and sushi great, but Chris was absolutely fantastic. Go on the vine to bottle tour!
    Fantastic introduction to Franschhoek wine region. Chris took us on the vine to bottle tour and he was absolutely brilliant. The wine and sushi were amazing as well. We can’t wait to come back in the future and see Chris!
    Dear 580georgiae, Thank you for your great review of our Vine to Bottle tour and Chris' role in particular. He is a key member of our team who will be more than appreciative of you comments. We all look forward to your next visit - please let us know in advance and we will see if Chris can be available. Kind regards
    Written 29 November 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Christian A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great wine expert & winetasting
    Highly recommended to visit the vineyard in the middle of the mountains. Yes you have to take a gravel road to get there, but no AWD needed! We did a winetasting with Theswill - what a great expert this guy is! we really enjoyed the conversation with him across their wines and global other wine experiences. Many thanks for that, next time we will definitely check out your new cheese platters;-) if you once make in to the Rheingau in Germany - let’s us know we will host you. Cheers
    Dear Christian A, We very much appreciated your review of the visit to GlenWood "the vineyard in the mountains". What a great new catch phrase for us to use! Yes indeed, no 4 x 4's required, even in winter when the road does get a bit muddy. We will certainly let you know if we are to visit Rheingau and take up your kind offer - thank you indeed. Your comments will definitely be shared with Theswill who will be most appreciative. Kind regards.
    Written 2 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Jessica
    Island of Malta, Malta20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good wines and picture perfect views
    Nestled among rolling vine-covered hills, this winery is a hidden gem. From the moment you step onto the property, a sense of tranquility envelopes you. The well-designed tasting balcony offers panoramic views, creating an ideal ambiance for exploring their diverse wine offerings. The knowledgeable and passionate guide, Chris, guided us through a curated tasting experience, expertly describing each varietal's characteristics. If I were to make a suggestion, some charcutery and cheese platters should be offered together with the wine tasting. This would be the experience more enjoyable. The vineyard tour was a highlight, providing insight into the meticulous grape-growing process. It was evident that the guide was passionate and knowledgeable about the wines.
    Dear Jessevasta, Many thanks for your enthusiastic review of your visit to GlenWood a couple of days ago. You have captured our attempts to offer a special tasting experience very well. And thank you for your suggestion about charcuterie or cheese platters to accompany the tasting which we will definitely consider. We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards,
    Written 8 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • stefan
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great off-the-beaten-path winery and sushi
    We spend a phenomenal time at this beautiful wine estate. Theswill gave us a great insight into their lineup of wines. Really liked both their Chardonnay range and also the Syrah. We also highly recommend getting a reservation at their on-site sushi restaurant. We unfortunately did not have a reservation, but Theswill was so nice to organize us a great variety of their sushi to eat on the wine tasting terrace.
    Dear Fearless13231854379, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted that you had an excellent time at our beautiful wine estate and enjoyed the Theswill's insights into our wines and that he was able to organize a variety of sushi for you to enjoy on the wine tasting terrace. Providing a memorable experience is our priority, and we're glad we could accommodate your needs. We look forward to welcoming you back to GlenWood in the near future. Kind Regards
    Written 18 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 January 2024
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davidnF8252II
Gillitts, South Africa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A hidden gem outside Franschhoek, a new favourite for sure. I’m not a sushi fan usually but what a surprise, absolutely brilliant. We also enjoyed the Sauvignon bland and the lovely view of the mountains. We will be back!!
Written 18 May 2024
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Dear davidnF8252II, Many thanks for your visit to GlenWood and for your excellent review. We were delighted that you so enjoyed our sushi, wines and our phenomenal views yet so close to town. We look forward to your promise of a return visit. Kind regards.
Written 20 May 2024
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Arjan G
Valkenburg, The Netherlands9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
The best wine and sushi … now we must wait for the best flowers 😉👋
Restaurant is very good , employees are very friendly so go!
Written 18 May 2024
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Dear arjanglasbergen, Thank you so much for the outstanding review of your visit and advice that "everyone should visit"! We might have a slight space problem if everyone did arrive together but what a wonderful thought of yours. Top quality wine, sushi and service are what we try to deliver, which is exactly what you picked up. We do hope to see you back. Kind regards.
Written 20 May 2024
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Juan
Durbanville, South Africa6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Booked wine tasting experience for 8 people in advance for Saturday, 4 May at 11am. Upon arrival, the gate was closed, no intercom system. After numerous calls to tasting room and waiting 30 minutes, the technical issue with gate was still not resolved. No urgency and my experience was one of “we don’t care” attitude. Finally we left and went to another wine farm where experience was great.
Written 5 May 2024
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Dear WineLoverCpt, Apologies for the slight delay in getting back to you concerning the unacceptable experience you had with access to GlenWood for wine tasting on Saturday morning. I needed to first establish the facts to be able to give you a plausible explanation as well as implement procedures to avoid any possibility of a recurrence. The facts are: • You were our first guests for the day and the staff initially had no reason to believe that there was a problem with the gate, it being out of sight from the tasting room • There was indeed a problem with the gate, as you are more than aware, which needed to be corrected once it became known. The staff's inability to do so expeditiously was a function of detailed training which had not been administered to the team on duty. • Procedures have been put in place to have the staff confirm that the gate is open as part of their opening tasks and take the required action should the problem recur. Having now understood what transpired, may I offer you my sincerest apologies and invite you and your party to join us for a wine tasting on the house when convenient to you. Should you take up this offer, please ask our staff members to call me if I am available so that I may introduce myself to you. Kind regards.
Written 6 May 2024
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Lee M
Horley, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited Glenwood to try their Chardonnay. Its slightly off the main road but its a real gem.

When we arrived we found that the winery serves sushi. It turned out to be absolutely amazing sushi which would be worthy of a top end restaurant.

Service was brilliant and the staff were very knowledgeable.
Written 4 May 2024
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Dear 904leem, Many thanks for your visit to GlenWood and for your excellent review of our Chardonnay and, even more, of the "surprise" sushi. We really enjoy our situation being slightly off the main road since we attract guests who love our wines, sushi, outstanding natural beauty, personal service and knowledgeable staff rather than the main road destinations who tend to attract the masses. We do hope that you will find time to visit us again. Kind regards
Written 5 May 2024
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Lisa R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Glenwood Vineyards is a magical place. Surrounded by mountains, it is a perfect spot to relax, taste delicious wine and learn about winemaking. Chris, our guide, made the experience memorable. He toured us around the winery and we had the treat of going up to the top of a hill on a vehicle and getting sensational photos. The food was absolutely delicious. I have never tasted more delicious sushi. The staff is kind, knowledgeable, setting gorgeous. If you are anywhere near or far make sure you stop in. Wines are excellent as well and if you can grab a bottle bring home. Loved Glenwood and Chris!
Written 13 April 2024
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Dear U7886BVlisar, Many thanks for your visit to GlenWood and for your great review. I am sorry that I was not there to meet you but hopefully next time. You are quite right about Chris and the rest of our staff, the wines, the sushi and our beautiful location - we are most blessed. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in South Africa and we do look forward to seeing you back. Kind regards,
Written 14 April 2024
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evisonD
Brighton and Hove, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
There are three special things that make a trip to Glenwood a treat when visiting the Winelands. First, the setting is one of the most beautiful in the area, a magnificent mountain background with a lake in the foreground. Seemingly remote, yet so close to Franschoek. Secondly, the welcome. Our tasting was lead by Theswill who was friendly, amusing and knowledgeable. Lastly of course, the wines. Chardonnay is the speciality here and at three levels. We left with several but in the ensuing weeks the cheapest, the unoaked chardonnay, became our favourite for everyday drinking. there are also fine reds. Definitely worthy of a visit.
Written 2 April 2024
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Dear evisionD, Many thanks for your superb review of "Glorious GlenWood". Your appreciation of our magnificent surroundings, the welcome you received and our three Chardonnays are all close to the top of our list for guests to enjoy so we were delighted that they worked for you. We do hope that you will be able to pay us another visit in the near future. Kind regards.
Written 3 April 2024
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Jodie
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Chris "for now" and Foster made sure my Mom and I had the experience of a life time. They know their stuff. But they are also so talented, passionate and so special! We had the most amazing experience, because of them!
Written 30 March 2024
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Dear Jodiecraul, Many thanks for the outstanding review of your visit to GlenWood and of Chris and Foster! You are quite correct that they are indeed both superstars who do an excellent job of providing service to our guests. They will thoroughly appreciate your recognition. We all hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards.
Written 1 April 2024
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Daydream22597602360
Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The views were so amazing. Welcoming and send off so special. I felt like a queen without a crown. The place is so cool for the mind
Written 21 March 2024
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Dear Daydream22597602360, Thank you so much for the great review of your visit to GlenWood yesterday. We are very pleased that we made you feel like a queen with top quality service, views and tranquil ambiance. We do hope that you will pay us another visit in the near future. Kind regards
Written 22 March 2024
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Harald R
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful setting. Our wine tasting was overseen by a young gentleman named Theswill. Great service and very knowledgeable. Had a good lunch seated on the lawn overlooking the vineyard. Was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 9 February 2024
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Dear 234haraldr Thank you for visiting GlenWood and for your kind words! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our beautiful setting and exceptional service. We look forward to welcoming you back for another delightful dining experience overlooking the vineyard. Kind Regards,
Written 14 February 2024
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John B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had an incredible visit to Glewood for a wine tasting, to have lunch and to buy wine. Throughout our visit we were cared for so well by Theswill, He was highly knowledgeable about Glenwood and its wines and was a most attentive waiter delivering delicious sushi to our table. A highly recommended experience in the most fabulous surroundings.
Written 1 February 2024
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Dear Mr johnbC823KD, Thank you for your glowing review! We are thrilled to hear that your visit to Glenwood was incredible, and we appreciate your kind words about Theswill's attentive service and extensive knowledge. We look forward to welcoming you back for another delightful experience in our fabulous surroundings. Kind Regards,
Written 2 February 2024
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