In 2003 May de Lencquesaing purchased Glenelly Estate, part of the original Ida’s Valley farm. 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 thus, Glenelly was reborn.
Close friends and family joined May for a festivity to celebrate 15 years of Glenelly. Among the guest list were pioneers in their respective fields such as Norma Ratcliffe, Beyers Truter and Fiona Erskine.
To appreciate the beauty of our surroundings, guests were welcomed with a glass of Méthode Cap Classique on the terrace overlooking the vineyards. They then made their way to the Glass Museum, one of the largest privately-owned collections in the world, with 480 plus glass pieces, antique and contemporary, dating back to the 1st century BC.
A highlight of the evening was the unveiling of two new glass pieces: Exoplanete, a contemporary glass sculpture by Czech artist Yan Zoritchak, and an early 19th Century Chinese Vase in rock crystal.
Guests wandered through the Museum appreciating the various works of art while sampling Glenelly’s Estate Reserve wines which were accompanied by tasty canapés and cheese platters.
May de Lencquesaing expressed her gratitude to dedicated members of her team who had played significant roles in assisting her with the establishment of Glenelly, namely Luke O’Cuinneagain (Winemaker), Heinrich Louw (Viticulturist), Talita Louw (Accounts Manager) and Francois Kotze (Maintenance Manager).
To 15 more years of taking Glenelly forward!
Á Votre Santé!