At Stellekaya, the age old tradition of wine making continues under African Skies.
Guided by the stars that watch over the vineyards during the cool nights, Stellekaya grapes know they are destined for the noblest drink ever conceived. Each constellation knows that its name and character embody every crimson drop that will be savoured by wine-lovers the world over and as their eyes lift heavenward after a sip of the luscious liquid, the stars will shine down knowing that the gods are once again pleased with our mortal pursuits.
Stellekaya is a fusion of words from two different worlds and means means “Home of the Stars”. “Stelle” is the Italian word for constellation and “IsiKhaya” is the Zulu word for home.
Stellekaya represents the combination of wine making traditions used in the “old world” for centuries to craft well matured red wines from noble red grapes, but grown in “new world” vineyards in the Cape of Good Hope filled with unique style and character. We name our wines after star constellations. Each wine’s name matches characteristics of the wine with attributes of a star in the constellation.
To celebrate the “rebirth of quality reds” from the Stellenbosch wine region over the last 30 years, we use artwork for our labels from a renowned renaissance astronomer called Johannes Hevelius, who constructed a large astronomical observatory in Gdansk, called “Stellaeburg” or Star Home.
The constellation illustrations featured are from a star catalog “Prodromus Astronomiae” created by Johannes and published posthumously by his wife and research aid Elisabeth Hevelius in 1690 contains fifty-six large, exquisite, double-page engraved star maps. It is unique among the Grand Atlases by choosing to depict the constellations as they would appear on a globe, that is, from the outside looking in, rather than from a geocentric point of view.
Yes, the stars out there watch over our vineyards each night to play a role in want we harvest each season!
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!
- Rose Kruger joined us in 2018. Rose was a Cape Wine Master protege and has did apprenticeships in France, California and at many top Cape Wineries. She looks forward to taking Stellekaya to new places.
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. Our philosophy is always Quality First; rather sacrificing volumes than valued processes, which is why our wines remain of a consistently high quality and never exceed a total production of 30 000 bottles in any one vintage.
We continue to focus on matured wines made from noble red varieties especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Increasing our understanding of our estate’s terroir and the wine making process each season drives us to push the the envelope of character and quality.
We hope to grow our family of customers around the world. Travelling and enjoying wines with friends remains a passion we have!