Stellenbosh winery glenelly estate will be improving its visitor experience by renovating the current facilities and expanding the incredible glass collection. These exciting new developments will unfortunately require glenelly to be closed to the public in the interim
In her 90th year, the indomitable May de Lencquesaing, former owner of the iconic Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux, and owner of Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch, will be continuing her extraordinary journey when she embarks on the next leg of her French adventure on African soil.
Her pursuit of excellence at Château Pichon Lalande over 30 years saw the wines being elevated to some of the best in the world and led to Madame being awarded Decanter Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 1994, among several other prestigious accolades. She also established a Glass Museum housing one of the biggest private collections of hand-blown glass. May’s wine journey continued in South Africa with the purchase of Glenelly Estate in 2003, where she replanted the former fruit farm to pristine vineyards, built a state-of-the-art winery and tasting centre, and began producing a highly-acclaimed range of wines.
May’s glass collecting journey is an integral part of Glenelly Estate. The extensive Glass Collection at the winery, as well as the eponymous range of wines inspired by this collection, pay tribute to May’s life-long passion for both elements, and the many attributes they share. Great wines are born from vines planted in poor soils, just like glass is made from the poorest soil. When combined, wine and glass complement one another and make the perfect pairing – a lovely wine looks and tastes even better in a beautiful glass!
The ongoing expansion of Madame’s Glass Collection, with recent additions including a Salvador Dali creation and a masterpiece by the Italian Glassblower Master, Lino Tagliapietra, has necessitated a worthy new home. Unfortunately, this significant renovation will mean that Glenelly Estate will have to be closed to the public as from 1st June 2015, yet remaining open by appointment to wine professionals. The renovation will also include changes to the tasting room and the addition of a new food experience. The exciting new developments will take at least 12 months and more information as well as reopening dates will be communicated soon.