The Roberstvlei valley, in which GlenWood is situated, was first surveyed in 1811 and became a general purpose farm. Alastair Wood purchased the GlenWood property in 1986 to pursue his dream of farming and producing wine. “This property immediately attracted me because, not only was it suitable for farming grapes to make quality wine, but it also gave me a wonderful sense of being at the very heart of nature while still being close to the village”, Alastair said.
“DP” (abbreviation of Dawid Petrus) Burger was hired soon after to lead the development of the property. This took place progressively over the next twelve years until the farm was fully planted with 30 hectares of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Shiraz. Semillon was a “romantic” choice given its traditional association with Franschhoek. The other cultivars were natural choices to suit the valley’s terroir.
The 200 ton cellar was built in 2000 with DP taking responsibility for winemaking, initially under the tutelage of another prominent winemaker. Knowing the various blocks on the farm as intimately as he does gives him an enormous advantage in terms of matching the viticultural and vinicultural aspects of producing quality wines.