AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 39
Name of wine estate: Delaire Graff Estate
Country: South Africa
Wine region: Stellenbosch
Standout points: Showstopping Table Mountain views and pan-Asian cuisine at Indochine; luxury lodges offering the ultimate Cape Wineland retreat
Winemaker: Morné Vrey
Wine style: Bordeaux blends and Chardonnay are specialties
Gone to heaven?
Is this heaven? Delaire Graff’s location high up on the valley pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and the sensation that ascending up to the estate through such a jaw-droppingly beautiful landscape provides, might certainly fool some into thinking so.
Luxury is the order of the day at this immaculately presented estate – as befits an owner who made his fortune in diamond mining.
Delaire Graff could be the ultimate Wineland retreat. Features include: 10 positively presidential lodges overlooking the majestic Stellenbosch Valley, complete with oversized beds and fine linens; a luxury spa; stunning outdoor infinity pool, private cinema… Oh and let’s not forget the Graff diamond store, an opulent salon of Emperor marble and Indian rosewood, dazzling visitors with its collection of classic diamond line bracelets, solitaire rings, pendants and luxury watches.
When hunger strikes…
Delaire Graff pulls out all the stops with a two-pronged gastronomic offering. The Delaire Graff Restaurant provides creative bistro ‘sunshine cuisine’ using homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs picked straight from the estate greenhouse and gardens. You can also do Pan-Asian dining at its finest at Indochine. Head chef Virgil Kahn puts together some spellbinding dishes to pair with Delaire Graff’s award-winning wine range. If dining here, by the way, try to get a terrace table with sweeping views of Table Mountain.
Lest you forget…
Carried away by such a surfeit of high-end indulgence, there may be a danger that you forget Delaire Graff’s raison d’etre. That’s right: the wine. And under the expert guidance of long-term winemaker Morné Vrey, this estate has developed a reputation for producing some of the most vibrant and refined wines in the Cape Winelands. Sample as many as you can in the beautiful setting of the timber-roofed Delaire Graff Wine Lounge.