When May de Lencquesaing, former owner of French winery Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, came to Stellenbosch in 2003, she was impressed by the terroir of the 123 hectare Glenelly farm. So, she decided to buy the farm and invest in its winemaking potential. Suffice to say, her conviction and investment paid off, and the farm has since won numerous awards and accolades.
If you’re curious to find out more, why not make a day of wine-tasting in Stellenbosch followed by a guided cellar tour. Ms Lencquesaing’s impressive glass collection (comprising antique and modern pieces) also deserves to be seen.
Through the Tasting Glass
The tasting room is open daily, and offers guests the opportunity to enjoy award-winning wines paired with flavourful dishes. The glass museum, which provides a glimpse into 2000 years worth of glassmaking, is open every day except Monday. Guests are welcome to visit the Vine Bistro following the tour, where they can enjoy a French-inspired dining experience on the terrace overlooking the vineyards, or inside by the warm fireplace during winter months.
Wine-tasting experiences available at Glenelly include:
Glass Collection Tasting Select any four wines from the estate’s Glass Collection Range – a celebration of May de Lencquesaing’s lifelong passion for the art of glassmaking.
Estate Reserve Tasting Taste a current and older vintage from the Estate Reserve Chardonnay and Estate Reserve Red Blend.
Lady May Tasting The Glenelly flagship range, sourced from a single block Cabernet Sauvignon and completed by a dash of other traditional Bordeaux grapes.