Thelema is situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg, with elevations ranging from 1,215 to 2,100 feet above sea level, making the estate one of the coolest and highest wine farms in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Owner Gyles Webb, a former accountant, abandoned his practice to study viticulture and oenology. In 1988 he produced Thelema's first vintage. Described as a rebel and a visionary, he crafted high quality, small production wines while most of his neighbors focused on quantity.
In 2000, Gyles “Mr. Precision” Webb moved into the role of cellar master and handed over the winemaking reins to the talented Rudi Schultz. Thelema has continued its steady ascent under Rudi’s keen hand, as evidenced by Wine Spectator's recent declaration that the estate’s wines are “among the few South African bottlings that can boast a solid track record of both quality and ageability.” The estate has continued to gain international acclaim as one of South Africa’s elite wine producers.
Located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg, Glenelly is owned by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, Bordeaux doyenne and former owner of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Struck by the tremendous potential of South Africa’s terroir and the beauty of the country, Madame de Lencquesaing decided to embark on a French adventure on African soil.
She purchased Glenelly in 2003, and subsequently planted 66 of the property’s 128 hectares to vineyards.The first estate-grown fruit came on line in 2007, and Glenelly’s state-of-the-art winery building was completed in 2009. The wines are fermented naturally and made with as little intervention as possible, seeking to achieve the perfect balance of French style and South African terroir.
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Excelsior Wine Estate is located in the picturesque Robertson Valley, South Africa, nestled between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede River. Robertson’s limestone-rich clay soils are ideal for quality wine production. Owners Freddie and Peter de Wet are the fourth and fifth generations to farm the property, which was established by their ancestors in 1859.
The estate lineup of wines includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The label’s equine theme reflects Excelsior’s long tradition of breeding championship thoroughbred racehorses.
Excelsior supports community upliftment projects for the estate’s workers. They currently fund two special needs teachers at the local school and provide employees with financial aid for higher education. They also recently started a preschool for the farm workers’ children.