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Monthly Archives: September 2017

  • GlenWood's People, Community and Environment

    In our previous post on GlenWood, we learned about their history, philosophy and award-winning wines. This post will look at their commitment to people, community and environment as well as the awards and accreditation they and their people have achieved in recent years.

    People

    GlenWood is committed to the development of its people and includes this as an element in its business planning and strategy.

    TRAINING AND AWARDS

    Over the past few years the following awards have been won by people on the GlenWood team:

    - Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year

    - South African Cellar Worker of the Year.

    GlenWood's Assistant Farm Manager since 2011, Cornel Paulse won Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year in 2013 and 2015 and placed third in the Western Cape's Farm Worker of the Year in 2015.

    "In line with our staff development programme, we are currently training two people who we hope to enter next year," said Zinaschke Steyn, GlenWood's Assistant Winemaker.

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  • GlenWood's Award-Winning Wines

    We are really excited to be welcoming GlenWood Vineyards' winemaker, DP Burger, to our Shropshire Tasting Rooms this Friday evening. DP will be hosting a food and wine pairing that will feature six of GlenWood’s wines.

    For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, email us on sales@htfwines.co.uk.

    A brief history of GlenWood Vineyards

    GlenWood started it's history as a general farm in 1811 in the Roberstvlei area of Franschhoek. In 1986, Alastair Wood purchased the GlenWood property. His farming dream was to produce 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 joined the team shortly thereafter and spearheaded the property's development over the following twelve years, until the farm was fully planted.

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  • Meet Mark Davies - an interview

    We caught up with Mark Davies, Director of Hard To Find Wines recently and put some questions to him about the business, wine and life in general (well, as it pertains to wine of course!).

    Question: Please briefly explain your role at HTFW.

    I am currently a man with many hats. From sourcing new wines and liaising with existing suppliers, keeping the website up to date (as much as possible) and boxing and sending the wines from our warehouse. All in all very much a plate spinner and juggler!

    Question: How did you get into the industry?

    Out of university I spent several years working in the catering industry as a chef, so was always surrounded by wine and people with a thorough knowledge of wines. Having worked unsociable hours in a hot and steamy kitchen for 5 years it was an easy decision to jump ship and enter the world of wine importing.

    Question: What convinced you to start HTFW?

    A friend had been working in the wine industry specialising in South African wines and operating on a local basis and was looking to expand his business. In partnership Hard to Find Wines was established.

    Question: How did HTFW begin?

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