The Glenelly Estate is in the Idas Valley, located in Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the seventeenth century. Simon van der Steel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the Huguenot François Villion. In 1812, the estate passed to Johan Peter de Villiers, and finally in 1865 it became the property of a British family, the Garlicks. They owned it for 138 years until its purchase in 2003 by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who for over 30 years was owner of the famous Bordeaux Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac Grand Cru Classé.
“Why in 2003 did May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (well known classified growth in Bordeaux), purchase the Glenelly Estate?”
“Why after 30 years in the wine business in France would she decide to plant vines in South Africa?”
“Why would an ‘older’ lady invest in this ‘younger’ democracy and start a
“Because she believes in the soil, the micro climate and the potential for quality wines.”
“Because she believes in continuing the French heritage of wine making in South Africa going back more than three centuries.”
“Because she believes in this great country and its people, and wishes to play a part in its economic development.”
This French adventure on African soil is based on a young, professional and motivated team of South Africans with very special attention given to social conditions of each and every employee. Because wine must be a LINK between people, a LIVING messenger of our CULTURE.
LADY MAY is Glenelly’s Flagship Estate wine. Elegant and complex, the wine develops flavours of cassis, blackcurrant, dark cherry, touch of graphite and delicate spices. Fresh and vibrant, the evolution of the wine introduces flavours of fynbos reflecting the spcific terroir of Glenelly. Deeply coloured and perfectly balanced, the wine displays an exquisite structure with velvety tannins and a very good aging capability. Can age during 12 to 18 years.