Stellekaya means “Home of the Stars”, at we looked to the constellations when naming our wines. Like Cape Cross, inspired by the brightest star in the constellation Crux – a “giant red” called Gamma Crucis, which guided explorers around the Cape of Storms. Each wine’s name matches characteristics of the wine with attributes of a constellation.
After nearly 20 years under the careful stewardship of owners Jane and Dave Lello, Stellekaya wines have gained international recognition as one of the much-loved boutique reds from the Stellenbosch wine region. Family-owned and run, the brand has built its reputation on three tenets: premium red wines, a passion for engaging what is possible, and giving our winemakers an inspiring platform for expression.
The Lello’s are passionate about people and their empowering management style has famously allowed winemakers to shine, attracting the very best in South Africa.
- The tale began with the first winemaker, Peet le Roux, who was a pioneer of sourcing and blending; initiating some of the original styles.
- Next came Ntsiki Biyela, the first black female winemaker in South Africa. Ntsiki managed the cellar for 12 years!
- Stellekaya now move into our third major chapter of its story,
Throughout the years, Dave and Jane have kept a caring hand on the helm, forever ensuring that the style and character of the wines live up to their vision for Stellekaya. Their philosophy has always been Quality First; rather sacrificing volumes than production or processes. Which is why our wines remain of a consistently high quality and never exceed a total production of 40 000 bottles in any one vintage.
The Stellekaya Estate, set in the heights of the Stellenbosch Mountains, with sweeping views over trestle vines down to the ocean that brings the cooling mists, is as remarkable in terroir as the wines it produces. All additional grapes are sourced from Stellenbosch’s Golden Triangle, proven as one of South Africa’s premier wine-growing regions.
The complementing winery is located in the historical town centre, in a converted vintage brandy cellar. It is famed for traditional techniques such as cold-soaking the grapes to maintain flavours, fermentation in open bins and basket-pressing, before being aged in French barriques for a minimum of 18 months.
The Lello’s live, work, laugh and host their frequent visitors on the exquisite estate surrounded by their “children”. Rescue animals, indigenous nursery, half-completed inventions, and team of vine-hands are all a cherished part of the family. This generosity of spirit, solid sense of family values, and exuberance for all the finest things in life; carries through into the spirit of the winemaking and, in turn, into the exceptional boutique wines themselves.
You can almost taste happy chatter around an al fresco dining table; the clatter of horse hooves traversing through the vines; the endless hours of sunlight and heady cool sea breezes; the love of the Lello family and their abundant hospitality. It is little wonder that this incredible winery produces profound wines that sell out quickly and are coveted the world over. Here’s to sunshine and ingenuity; big-hearted, small-batch wines, sprinkled with the dust of African stars.