If you are making your way to the winelands in search of good food, wine, and art this month, the Glen Carlou estate must be on your destination list. With a panoramic view overlooking the Boland mountains, there is nothing more invigorating and enriching than enjoying lunch or a glass of wine in the cool breeze on a hot summer’s day, after meandering through the impressive 400 square meter art gallery. Glen Carlou is located less than 15 minutes away from Stellenbosch.

Two exciting new art exhibitions will be opening on the 5th of December. The annual Summer Salon opens in the gallery entrance hall, showcasing a wide variety of works from artists such as Alex Hamilton, Carin Dorrington, Marguerite Roux, JP Meyer, Marinda du Toit, and Strijdom van der Merwe and many more. This exhibition has something for every discerning taste, with works on paper, oil paintings, sculpture, and assemblage – it will be a feast for the eyes.

Retha Buitendach Mantis en Miskruier mandala


In her solo exhibition, titled Matrix, Elfriede Dreyer explores the idea of an ‘other’ space, simulated, embodied and different to the experienced, physical real space.  Her works are filled with grids, lines, and areas of separation – thresholds transporting the viewer through time. Images of a tropical environment repeat in neon emerald greens – possibly suggesting something is better on the other side – a utopia which brings about a sense of longing for faraway places. The works themselves are continuously fluid, shifting between the painted and digital surface.  With images of boats and bicycles, the works also remind the viewer of the fleeting transience of time and human life that is fundamentally reroutable.

Elfriede Dreyer | Life in the matrixGlen Carlou’s tradition of winemaking, as with food preparation – is also suitably represented by time and change. Often for wine and food, the sum of the parts is enhanced as the components mingle over time, to infuse layered aromatics and flavours blended into the finished product. The seasonal menu at the Glen Carlou Restaurant is paired with Chef Johan Stander’s beautiful plates of food, brought to life from his family’s legacy of recipes, with the estate’s award-winning wines.

One such wine is the Grand Classique. Cellarmaster, Johnnie Calitz guides the grapes through their journey in the cellar with a time-honoured art of balancing elements to result in an individualistic blend of wine.  This splendid red wine is comprised of the famous 5; Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  As a cheeky treat, enjoy the texture of a Danish Lakrids fine liquorice with a swirl of Grand Classique wine as you toast to friends, near and far.

TOP LEFT: Glen Carlou View Boland mountains.
LOWER LEFT: Food and wine pairing.
MAIN IMAGE: Gallery Views from Previous Exhibitions.


Glen Carlou is open seven days a week from 10:00 – 17:00.  Contact gallery manager Christa Swart at gallery@glencarlou.co.za should you wish to book a guided walkabout of the exhibitions. Contact our restaurant for a lunch booking or wine tasting at restaurant@glencarlou.co.za

For more information visit www.glencarlou.com