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Glenelly History & Location
Situated in Ida’s Valley just 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of historic Stellenbosch, Glenelly boasts a rich history and magnificent views up towards the Simonsberg foothills.
In 2003, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Bordeaux winery “Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande” purchased the Estate which formed part of the original Ida’s Valley farm, granted in 1682 by Governor Simon van der Stel. With a nod to the French Huguenot settlers who arrived 300 years before, she set about planting vines to replace the existing fruit trees, realising her vision of establishing a thriving winery – and thus, Glenelly was reborn.
The 1783 stamp on the Glenelly wine labels signifies nearly 250 years of the family’s involvement in the wine industry. May’s ancestor Elie Miailhe was granted the title of ‘Royal Winemaker’ in 1782 and now the family continues this tradition into the 21st Century with May and her grandchildren on the Estate.
Glenelly produces three wine ranges, including the Glass Collection, Estate Reserve and Lady May. Join us for a wine tasting, savour a meal in the acclaimed restaurant and visit our spectacular glass museum.
Glenelly Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open Tue to Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 10am-3pm (platters 12pm-3pm).
The Vine Bistro: open Tue to Sun for lunch 12pm-3pm, Fri & Sat for dinner 6.30pm-8pm.
Cellar Tours: by appointment only.
Glass Museum: open Tue to Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 10am-3pm.
All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Glenelly Wine Tasting
Glenelly’s Tasting Room, on the top floor of the winery overlooking the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, boasts an elegant design, exquisite use of light and spectacular uninterrupted views: the ideal setting to appreciate our award-winning wines.
Wine Tasting Prices
Guests to the Estate have two wine tasting options.
The R40pp Glass Collection Tasting includes 4 premium single varietal wines, celebrating May de Lencquesaing’s lifelong passion for the art of glassmaking. Alternatively, there is the R80pp Premium Tasting where guests can sample the Estate’s two signature wines: our flagship red blend and a beautifully complex oaked Chardonnay.
Cheese and charcuterie platters are available between 12pm-3pm.
At the elegant Vine Bistro, the views linger across the fynbos garden and vineyards up towards the Simonsberg foothills. We serve flavour-packed classic bistro cuisine with a modern twist, paired with distinctive, award-winning wines. Our team work with the best fresh, local ingredients available and a sublime dining experience coupled with attentive service awaits.
Menus & Pricing
Glenelly feature an à la carte menu, plus seasonal 2, 3 and 4 course set menus. À la carte options could include items such as Fior di Latte Salad, Sesame Yellowfin Tuna, Bouillabaisse, Karoo Lamb and Pork Belly. A selection of desserts are also available. Main courses from R210pp.
Seasonal 2, 3 and 4 course menus are on offer throughout the year, subject to change. These are priced from R265pp upwards, depending on the season and celebration.
Glenelly Tours & Activities
Should you be interested in a guided cellar tour, please contact the Estate in advance.
The Glass Museum is housed in the winery and pays tribute to May de Lencquesaing’s life-long passion for rare and contemporary glass. One of the largest privately-owned collections in the world, this spectacular museum showcases exhibits ranging from the 1st and 2nd Century to modern classics, including pieces by Salvador Dali and Lino Tagliapietra. Visitors are able to discover and learn through a journey retracing the 2000-year history of glassmaking, each of the 500 beautifully illuminated creations, antique and contemporary from around the world, telling a story.
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