“Since my childhood in the heart of Bordeaux’ finest vineyards till today, I have travelled the world and discovered the amazing diversity of terroirs. On my first visit to Stellenbosch I knew that this was where I wanted to fulfil my dream of starting a new adventure outside of France. In 2003, and after visiting many vineyards, I recognised the amazing potential of Glenelly Estate. I also believed in continuing the French heritage of wine making in South Africa going back more than three centuries.
My vision is to establish Glenelly as a world-class estate, producing award-winning wines with power, elegance and balance.”
In 2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, purchased the estate, part of the original Idas Valley farm, granted in 1682 by Simon van der Stel. With a nod to the French Huguenot settlers 300 years before, she set about planting vines to replace the existing fruit trees, realising her vision of establishing a thriving winery that best utilises the soils and microclimate of the valley and supports local economic development and the community. And thus Glenelly Estate was reborn.
The 1783 stamp on the labels signifies nearly 250 years of the family’s involvement in the wine industry which continues into the 21st century at Glenelly. Their ancestor, Elie Miailhe, was granted the title of ‘royal wine broker’ in 1783. May de Lencquesaing (née Miailhe), continues this tradition together with her grandchildren, Nicolas Bureau and Arthur de Lencquesaing.
Close to the center of Stellenbosch and just a short drive from Cape Town, our tasting room offers visitors an elegant yet friendly welcome to Glenelly, where our cellar door manager Christelle and her staff will guide you through our Glenelly Estate wines.
Overlooking our vineyards visitors can enjoy selected food pairings and taste our award-winning wines.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am to 7pm
Sunday 10am to 3pm
Wines are made to pair with food and The Vine Bistro, headed by Chef Christophe Dehosse, offers a French-inspired dining experience.
The interior decor is warm and elegant and includes a harmonious mix of 19th century chairs, classic Parisian tables, a contemporary cellar, a fireplace for the winter, leather banquettes and a traditional bar.
Outside on the terrace or under the pergola, long wooden tables, a water feature, plants and a petanque court invite long lazy afternoons enjoying the picturesque views of our estate.
Tuesday to Sunday: lunch from 12pm
Thursday to Saturday: dinner from 6.30pm
+27 (21) 809 6444
May de Lencquesaing has had a lifelong passion for rare and contemporary glass. One of the largest privately owned collections in the world, ranging from the 1st and 2nd Century to modern classics, including pieces by Salvador Dali and Lino Tagliapietra, her collection is a unique journey through the history of glass making. Visitors will be able to discover and learn through a journey retracing centuries of glass making.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm. Sunday 10am to 3pm.
Tasting room & cellar
+27 (21) 809 6446
The Vine Bistro
+27 (21) 809 6444
+27 (21) 809 6440