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In 2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, purchased Glenelly Estate, situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg mountain in Stellenbosch. 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 micro-climate of the valley and supports local economic development and the community. And thus Glenelly Estate was reborn! The philosophy at Glenelly is minimal intervention both in the vineyards (converting to organic viticulture) and in the winery (spontaneous fermentation, no acidification and low sulphite). The wines produced have a distinctive elegance and can be very well summarised with this sentence: South African wines with a French touch!

  • Established: 2003
  • Proprietor: May de Lencquesaing
  • Winemaker: Luke O'cuinneagain
  • Annual Production: 30,000 Cases
  • Farming: Organic
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