According to the French paradox, red wine consumption reduces the incidence of vascular diseases even in the presence of highly saturated fatty acid intake. This phenomenon is widely attributed to the phytoalexin resveratrol, a red wine ingredient. Experimental studies suggesting that resveratrol has neuroprotective properties mostly used prophylactic delivery strategies associated with short observation periods. These studies did not allow conclusions to be made about resveratrol's therapeutic efficacy post-stroke. Herein, we systematically analyzed effects of prophylactic, acute and post-acute delivery of resveratrol (50. mg/kg) on neurological recovery, tissue survival, and angioneurogenesis after focal cerebral ischemia induced by intraluminal middle cerebral artery occlusion in mice. Over an observation period of four weeks, only prolonged post-acute resveratrol delivery induced sustained neurological recovery as assessed by rota rod, tight rope and corner turn tests. Although prophylactic and acute resveratrol delivery reduced infarct volume and enhanced blood-brain-barrier integrity at 2. days post-ischemia by elevating resveratrol's downstream signal sirtuin-1, increasing cell survival signals (phosphorylated Akt, heme oxygenase-1, Bcl-2) and decreasing cell death signals (Bax, activated caspase-3), a sustained reduction of infarct size on day 28 was not observed in any of the three experimental conditions. Instead, enhanced angiogenesis and neurogenesis were noted in animals receiving post-acute resveratrol delivery, which were associated with elevated concentrations of GDNF and VEGF in the brain. Thus, sustained neurological recovery induced by resveratrol depends on successful brain remodeling rather than structural neuroprotection. The recovery promoting effect of delayed resveratrol delivery opens promising perspectives for stroke therapy.