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Glenelly unveil new facilities

After closing to the public for extensive renovations over the past year, Glenelly has unveiled its stunning new tasting room and restaurant in Stellenbosch, as well as a dedicated room to house Mme. May de Lencquesaing’s Glass Collection.

The new tasting room, on the top floor of the estate’s modern winery, overlooks the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Taking advantage of the abundance of natural light, the contemporary bar is made using granite from the estate. Visitors will be able to taste the Glass Collection range and back vintages of Estate Reserve and Lady May, but also uniquely have the opportunity to compare them with mature wines from Château Pichon-Lalande, the Bordeaux estate previously owned by the family.

The concept of a restaurant in the estate’s grounds was a logical progression from the production of fine wines; according to May, ‘wines are made to pair with food’. Christophe Dehosse, a French chef established in South Africa, has been the perfect candidate to further link Glenelly’s French and South African influences through food. Back vintages of Glenelly are available to taste by the glass as well as some outstanding Bordeaux wines owned by the family. Enjoy the fireplace, leather banquettes and a traditional bar in winter, or the terrace for long lazy afternoons in the summer.

Finally, the presentation of the extensive private collection of glass acquired by May de Lencquesaing has been totally redesigned. Situated underneath the winery, all 160 pieces of the collection are on display, each telling a story. The room has intentionally been painted in a charcoal grey in order to allow the glasses to take centre stage. On display are Roman pieces and XVII and XVIII century glasses, as well as examples from Salvador Dali and American and South African contemporary artists.

Should you be lucky enough to find yourself in Stellenbosch, we urge you to pay Glenelly a visit. The tasting room and glass collection are open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 7.30pm and Sunday until 4.00pm, while the restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and Thursday to Saturday for dinner. Please contact the estate for further details.