Glenelly Estate

When Asia comes to Africa

When Asia comes to Africa

It’s been over a year since we unveiled the new tasting room, museum and bistro at Glenelly and we are proud to now host a great many visitors from all over the world. In March, we received large groups from two of Glenelly’s key Asian markets: Japan and China.

The programme we offered to our Asian guests aimed at exploring the pioneering winemaking spirit behind this South African domain with a French touch, including the harvest, remontage in the winery, a traditional braai, bistro lunch, petanque breaks and, of course, plenty of tastings.

Japan has always been a very refined market with a predilection for French grand crus and fine Cognac. May de Lencquesaing spotted this earlier than most and organised numerous travels and tastings, establishing Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande as one of the most popular chateaux in the country. Masuda, Glenelly’s importer, is now building on May’s hard-work and together with Nicolas, export director, are creating a solid distribution network of Glenelly wines.
In China, Glenelly has collaborated with Easy Cellar since the very first vintage. This import company was launched by Yanzhi Zhang, a respected wine lover who started his career in France over 2 decades ago with the support of May de Lencquesaing. Indeed, it was May who introduced him to Bordeaux. Easy Cellar now has a large team promoting the wines of Glenelly in the four corners of China and we had the pleasure of meeting some of them at the March trip to Glenelly.