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About the Wine Uncensored episode

Lia Poveda, export manager for Glenelly Estate of South Africa joined John Sporing, founder of A Life Well Drunk, for a WineUncensored virtual tasting on March 4, 2021. This was the first of four episodes in March in celebration of Women’s History Month!

Did you miss the live tasting? No worries, watch it here:

In our conversation with Lia, we were guided through four (with an optional fifth) of their wines:

  • Glass Collection Chardonnay
  • Glass Collection Cabernet
  • Estate Reserve Chardonnay
  • Estate Reserve Red Blend
  • Lady May (optional) – If you would like to also purchase the optional Lady May bottle, be sure and add it to your cart along with the four-pack. There is a limited supply of Lady May available at this time.

Meet the Maker

In 2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a Grand Cru Classé from Pauillac, Bordeaux, purchased the estate, part of the original Ida’s Valley farm, granted in 1682 by Simon van der Stel. With a nod to the French Huguenot settlers 300 years before, she set about planting vines to replace the existing fruit trees, realizing her vision of establishing a thriving winery that best utilizes the soils and microclimate of the valley and supports local economic development and the community. And thus, Glenelly Estate was reborn.

The 1783 stamp on the Glenelly wine labels signifies nearly 250 years of the family’s involvement in the wine industry which continues into the 21st century at Glenelly. Their ancestor, Elie Miailhe, was granted the title of ‘royal wine broker’ in 1783. May de Lencquesaing (née Miailhe), continues this tradition together with her grandchildren, Nicolas Bureau and Maxime Bureau.

We will be joined by Lia Poveda, who is managing and expanding Glenelly’s export and distribution around the world. She has vast experience and knowledge in the wine industry and travels and supports Glenelly’s markets.