In an age in which brands and celebrities rise and fall faster than the ocean’s tide, what does it take to become truly timeless? There are a precious few who stay relevant precisely because they seem to care so little for relevance. Madame May de Lencquesaing is one such character - steadfastly holding onto the ancient traditions and values she was born into.
As a member of one of Bordeaux’s oldest wine families, whose place in the wine industry dates back to 1783, May had not only visited South Africa several times, but recognised the great potential to grow world-class wines here. In her own words:
“Since my childhood in the heart of Bordeaux’ finest vineyards till today, I have traveled the world and discovered the amazing diversity of terroirs. On my first visit to Stellenbosch I knew that this was where I wanted to fulfill my dream of starting a new adventure outside of France.”
And so, the energetic 78-year-old, bought Glenelly Estate in 2003, replanted the former fruit farm to pristine vineyards, built a state-of-the-art winery, a museum for her precious glass collection, a school for the children on the farm, and began producing wines to rival the best in the world.