A SOUTH AFRICAN WINE WITH A FRENCH TOUCH
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.”
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.
Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Our estate's flagship Cabernet
is sourced from a single vineyard.
‘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.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10h00 - 18h00
Thursdays to Saturdays 10h00 - 19h00
Sundays 10h00 - 15h00
Cheese and Charcuterie Platters are served between 12h00 and 15h00
Please book in advance
GLENELLY ESTATE - TASTING ROOM
COVID-19 UPDATE | The Vine Bistro is now open again, health and wellness are a concern and a priority for us all.
Strict COVID and hygiene protocols in place to ensure safety of both our clients and our staff members.
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.
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
Tuesday – Sunday Lunch from 12h00 – 15h00
Thursday – Saturday Dinner from 18h30 – 20h00
Booking highly recommended
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GLENELLY ESTATE - TASTING ROOM
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.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10h00 – 17h00
Sunday: 10h00 – 15h00