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Since the early 1700s, Lanzerac Wine Estate has had pioneering women at its helm, who have helped develop the farm into what it is today.

From expanding the estate’s physical boundaries to developing a world-class winery and adding extra flair to the iconic Manor House, each of Lanzerac’s historic women have left a remarkable legacy worth celebrating.

So, in an effort to do just that, we’d like to introduce you to them:

A Hoeks, a Hasselaar and a Groenewald

Also known as the Widow Hasselaar, Anna was the wife of the Estate’s first owner, Isaac Schrijver.

Despite Schoongezicht’s – as Lanzerac was known back then - picturesque Jonkershoek Valley setting, Schrijver was an adventurer at heart and decided to set off search of fortune in copper prospecting instead.

After Schrijver's death, Anna took charge of the property. She wasted no time in making her mark and almost immediately set about expanding the property by acquiring adjacent farms.

During this time, Anna had had the staunch support of her daughter-in-law, Maria Elizabeth Hasselaar, who later expanded the farm even more.

The next woman in line take charge of estate business was Anna’s great-granddaughter and namesake, Anna Groenewald (nee Hasselaar). It was during Groenewald’s time that the Cape really started to flourish as a refreshment stop and enormous pressure was put on local producers of fresh goods.

By 1790, wine production had more than doubled under Groenewald’s leadership, while numbers of sheep and cattle also increased tremendously. This newfound prosperity also brought an explosion of building projects on the werf. While the homestead remained rather humble, the number of outbuildings increased, including “a wine cellar, wagon houses and harness rooms, not to mention stables, cow byre and a henhok.”

According to Stellenbosch Heritage, “[a]fter [Groenewald’s] death the farm still stayed in the family, going to her daughter’s son Coenraad Johannes Albertyn. In 1808 he sold Lanzerac and the other farms as separate entities, bringing 126 years of family ownership to an end.”

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Also known as the Widow Hasselaar, Anna was the wife of the Estate’s first owner, Isaac Schrijver.

Despite Schoongezicht’s – as Lanzerac was known back then - picturesque Jonkershoek Valley setting, Schrijver was an adventurer at heart and decided to set off search of fortune in copper prospecting instead.

After Schrijver's death, Anna took charge of the property. She wasted no time in making her mark and almost immediately set about expanding the property by acquiring adjacent farms.

During this time, Anna had had the staunch support of her daughter-in-law, Maria Elizabeth Hasselaar, who later expanded the farm even more.

The next woman in line take charge of estate business was Anna’s great-granddaughter and namesake, Anna Groenewald (nee Hasselaar). It was during Groenewald’s time that the Cape really started to flourish as a refreshment stop and enormous pressure was put on local producers of fresh goods.

By 1790, wine production had more than doubled under Groenewald’s leadership, while numbers of sheep and cattle also increased tremendously. This newfound prosperity also brought an explosion of building projects on the werf. While the homestead remained rather humble, the number of outbuildings increased, including “a wine cellar, wagon houses and harness rooms, not to mention stables, cow byre and a henhok.”

According to Stellenbosch Heritage, “[a]fter [Groenewald’s] death the farm still stayed in the family, going to her daughter’s son Coenraad Johannes Albertyn. In 1808 he sold Lanzerac and the other farms as separate entities, bringing 126 years of family ownership to an end.”

Kitty English

Just more than 104 years later, Lanzerac once again became the property of an influential woman.

Elizabeth Catherina ‘Kitty’ English bought Schoongezicht for £18,000 in 1914 “and commissioned radical alterations to the homestead from architects Baker, Kendall and Morris which included widening the front façade from three bays to five.”

In addition to her ornate detailing, Mrs English changed the estate’s name to Lanzerac, allegedly after General Charles Lanzerac - a French General who commanded the French Fifth Army at the outbreak of World War I.  She successfully shook up the Stellenbosch wine route with the establishment of Lanzerac as one of the most modern wineries in the Cape.

From the first tenacious Anna to Kitty with her flair for beautiful buildings and good wine, each of these women made a major contribution and played an important role in shaping Lanzerac into the world-renowned estate it is today.

Experience their legacy for yourself by booking a stay at the Lanzerac Hotel or a day outing filled with delicious food, delectable spa treatments and vineyard adventures on the Estate with Destinate Travel today!

Just more than 104 years later, Lanzerac once again became the property of an influential woman.

Elizabeth Catherina ‘Kitty’ English bought Schoongezicht for £18,000 in 1914 “and commissioned radical alterations to the homestead from architects Baker, Kendall and Morris which included widening the front façade from three bays to five.”

In addition to her ornate detailing, Mrs English changed the estate’s name to Lanzerac, allegedly after General Charles Lanzerac - a French General who commanded the French Fifth Army at the outbreak of World War I.  She successfully shook up the Stellenbosch wine route with the establishment of Lanzerac as one of the most modern wineries in the Cape.

From the first tenacious Anna to Kitty with her flair for beautiful buildings and good wine, each of these women made a major contribution and played an important role in shaping Lanzerac into the world-renowned estate it is today.

Experience their legacy for yourself by booking a stay at the Lanzerac Hotel or a day outing filled with delicious food, delectable spa treatments and vineyard adventures on the Estate with Destinate Travel today!