A vision and passion

“Since my childhood in the heart of Bordeaux’s finest vineyards until 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, after visiting many vineyards, I recognised the exciting potential of Glenelly Estate on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. I bought Glenelly because I believe in South Africa’s soil, microclimate and potential for quality wines, and I wanted to continue the French heritage of winemaking in South Africa that goes back more than three centuries. I have every confidence in this great country and its people and wished to play a part in its economic development.

My vision was to establish Glenelly as a world-class estate, producing award-winning wines with power, elegance and balance.”

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Our history

In 2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a Grand Cru Classé from Pauillac, Bordeaux, purchased the estate, part of the original Ida’s 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 Glenelly wine 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 Maxime Bureau.


Glass Collection

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon


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Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Estate Reserve

Estate Reserve
Estate Reserve Chardonnay


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Lady May

Lady May

Our estate's flagship Cabernet
is sourced from a single vineyard.


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‘Wine With A View’ at the Tasting Room

Our tasting room, on the top floor of the winery overlooking the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, offers visitors a friendly welcome to Glenelly.

The elegant design, exquisite use of light, and spectacular uninterrupted views provide the ideal setting to appreciate Glenelly’s award-winning wines and enjoy cheese platters.

Opening times:
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00am - 17:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 15:00pm
Mondays Closed

Cheese and Charcuterie Platters are served between 12:00 and 15:00

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At the Vine Bistro, we serve flavor-packed classic bistro food with a modern twist, and distinctive, award-winning wines from Glenelly Estate. Our kitchen team, headed by chef patron Christophe Dehosse, together with head chef Michael Saville, work with the best fresh, local ingredients available. The Vine Bistro is situated on Glenelly Estate in Ida’s Valley, conveniently only 10 minutes away from the heart of historic Stellenbosch. The views, from our elegant dining room across the fynbos garden and vineyards up towards the Simonsberg foothills, will take your breath away. A warm and heartfelt welcome, friendly and attentive service and a sublime dining experience awaits.

If you would like a delicious bistro dish for supper, but would rather be comfy at home with your feet up in front of a cosy fire, we have just the solution for you. Several traditional dishes are available, easy to heat up and enjoy as take-home options. Get in touch for our list and place your orders.

Bespoke catering for private events is possible, at The Vine Bistro, or at your own home or venue.

T’s & C’s Apply

Kindly note that on Sundays we serve a lovely three course set menu with two options per course. Our á la carte menu is not served on Sundays. You are welcome to click on the ‘MENU’ button below to have a look at our menus.

To find out more details or to book, get in touch with us on the contact information below

Opening times:
Tuesday - Sunday Lunch from 12:00 - 15:00
Friday - Saturday Dinner from 18:00 - 19:30

Booking highly recommended


+27 (21) 809 6444

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Glass Museum

May de Lencquesaing’s spectacular glass collection housed in the winery pays tribute to her life-long passion for rare and contemporary glass and the many attributes beautiful glass shares with fine wine. One of the largest privately-owned collections in the world, the exhibits range from the 1st and 2nd Century to modern classics, including pieces by Salvador Dali and Lino Tagliapietra. Visitors are able to discover and learn through a journey retracing the 2000-year history of glassmaking, each of the 500 beautifully illuminated creations, antique and contemporary from around the world, telling a story.

Opening times:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 3pm

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Glenelly Estate - The Glass Museum