Alastair Wood was born and raised in Cape Town before spending thirty years in the consulting industry both in South Africa and overseas. He retired in 2002 and returned to South Africa to live permanently at GlenWood and play a more active role in the business. He is also involved in various community and industry bodies including having led the Bhabhathane project with the objective of transforming education for the 6,000 learners in the valley.
DP Burger effectively established GlenWood and is now both Winemaker and General Manager. His twenty five year length of service is something of a record in the local wine industry and has undoubtedly contributed to GlenWood’s success. DP is a fifth generation Franschhoek citizen with his great-great-grandfather having witnessed and recorded in his diary the departure of the last elephant from the Franschhoek valley in 1868. The diary is today on display in the Franschhoek museum. Aside from managing GlenWood, DP’s next greatest interest is deep sea fishing in which he captains the Western Province team.
We are proud of the fact that our people have, over the last two years, won the following awards:
· Franschhoek Farmworker of the Year.
· South African Cellar Worker of the Year
In addition to Alastair and DP, the GlenWood management team comprises:
· Cornel Paulse – Assistant Farm Manager
· Zinaschke Steyn – Assistant Winemaker
· Riza Fouche – Director of Finance
GlenWood is a top quality boutique winery located in an area of outstanding natural beauty very close to Franschhoek. Our credo “simple, natural, quality” pervades everything we do, be that farming, winemaking, caring for the environment, developing our people or assisting our community.
GlenWood has been developed from scratch over the last thirty years to become a leading South African wine producer and wine exporter to 12 countries. With only one exception, all our wines are made from grapes produced on our farm, thereby reflecting the unique terroir of our small valley. The wines are uniformly and consistently highly rated by wine judges and have received numerous awards and prestigious listings. We operate a small, intimate tasting room and restaurant which attract large numbers of local and international guests.
As part of our commitment to protect the environment, we have dedicated ten hectares to the regeneration of indigenous Cape fynbos and use only environmentally-friendly farming practices. Our accreditation by WIETA attests to the seriousness with which we view the development of our people as a key ingredient of our success. On the wider front, we are heavily involved in a number of projects within the Franschhoek community, most notably “Bhabhathane”, whose objective it is to transform education in the Franschhoek valley.
Thank you for your interest in GlenWood.