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Producer of the Month: Glenelly

Glenelly Estate is in the Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the 17th century, and today the estate is reassuredly in the safe hands of the former owner of Pauillac’s second growth Château Pichon-Lalande, Madame May de Lencquesaing, who brings to Stellenbosch a lifetime of wine knowledge and passion. Madame de Lencquesaing believes in the soil, the micro climate and the potential for quality wines from this estate – and she believes in South Africa and wishes to play a part in its economic development.

Winemaking at Glenelly is considered an art form and 2009 saw the inauguration, on this 128ha estate, of a winery exhibiting modern methods, design and environmental awareness. Skilled winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain (pictured above) has imparted his wealth of experience to create some of Stellenbosch’s most distinctive wines. Truly New World wines with Old World roots – a Bordeaux-inspired structure with fine South African richness.

Nicolas Bureau, Director and grandson of May de Lencquesaing, told us:

“After 12 years since its inception, 2016 will be a year of big changes at Glenelly Estate. First of all, our entire packaging is going to be freshened up, keeping with the existing ideas and themes but with a more modern look and feel. Secondly we will inaugurate our new tasting centre in the autumn, with a revamp of our glass museum and a restaurant. 2016 will see Glenelly entering a new era, but will remain a great combination of the best the old and the new world can offer”