How Lanzerac got its name
Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, the Lanzerac Estate is a 300 year old private working wine estate in the Jonkershoek Valley. This is how the historic farm got its name.
Elizabeth Katharina Johanna Devenish was born on July 13, 1846 in South Africa. She was known as Kitta to Afrikaans people and as Kitty to herEnglish friends. She later married Frederick Alexander English, a diamond merchant, and a friend of Cecil John Rhodes. They resided in England and bought Addington Castle in Kent where they lived.
Frederick English died in 1909, so Elizabeth Katherina English returned to South Africa by sail boat. In 1914, Elizabeth Katherina English bought Schoongezicht £18 000.00 and changed the name to Lanzerac. She changed the farm’s name to Lanzerac to avoid confusion with another farm of the same name in the area.
In the seven years that she lived on the farm, she made considerable alterations and improvements to both the house and outbuildings. She planted the e varietals. She was known as ‘a woman of great personality and enterprise’.
She filled Lanzerac with beautiful antique furniture and never had children. Many people ask ‘why the name Lanzerac’.....there are many different versions, however the one we like to tell is a lovely story.
She named the farm after her true love, General Charles Lanrezac, a French general, who commanded the French Fifth Army at the outbreak of World War I.
Today, the Lanzerac Winery has named 2 of their flagship Heritage Wines to commerate this partnership: Le Général and Mrs English Chardonnay.