Not surprisingly, the sprawling, almost epic Delaire Graff Estate, situated in Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s most prestigious wine region, thanks a diamond magnate for its eponym. Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds International, acquired the Cape Winelands property in 2003, and set out to transform it into the country's most coveted art, hospitality, and wine destination.
Founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679, Delaire Graff Estate, then known as Avontuur, enjoyed centuries of vineyard cultivation and wine making refinement before wine writer John Platter bought it in 1982. He renamed the estate Delaire, meaning "From the Sky", and Graff added his own name when he bought it 20+ years later. Each party accented the sophisticated oenophile's dream vacation rental with his own passions, culminating in Graff's current incarnation, which boasts two restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive lodges, a destination spa, and two luxury boutiques.
Accommodations at Delaire Graff Estate nestle vacationers between majestic mountains in spacious, light-laden lodges, each with a private plunge pool, fully stocked kitchen, and butler service. Outdoor patios overlook endless blue skies feeding the lush vineyards of Stellenbosch. Jaunts around the grounds lead guests through facades of Cape Dutch architecture enhanced with African artefacts and styling. Original works from Laurence Graff’s personal collection of some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists appear on display throughout.
Stellenbosch Wine Tours
The oldest wine routes in South Africa, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Western Cape, the Stellenbosch Wine Routes have been leading visitors on winding, grape-driven tours to promote their laudable vineyards and wine makers since 1971. Today the Wine Routes, divided into five sub-routes, represent more than 200 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification.
Detailed maps guide oenophiles on tasting tours of the five sub-routes, which include Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Valley, and Bottelary Hills. Most wineries offer daily wine tastings, cellar tours and sales, and and many also have restaurant and picnic facilities.
The Stellenbosch Wine Routes are not recommended for:
- People who don't like wine.
- People who can't read maps.
- People who can't hold their liquor.
- Children under the age of 5. Unless they happen to be able to hold their liquor.
- Delaire Graff Estate: http://www.delaire.co.za/
- Delaire Graff Estate Lodging: http://www.delaire.co.za/index.php/lodge-a-spa/the-lodges.html
- Delaire Graff Estate Lodges Online Booking: https://www.thebookingbutton.co.uk/properties/DELAIREDIRECT
- Delaire Graff Estate Art: http://www.delaire.co.za/index.php/art-a-gardens.html
- Delaire Graff Estate Dining: http://www.delaire.co.za/index.php/dining.html
- Delaire Graff Estate Wines: http://www.delaire.co.za/index.php/wines/delaire-graff-wines.html
- Delaire Graff Estate Spa: http://www.delaire.co.za/index.php/lodge-a-spa/delaire-graff-spa.html
- Delaire Graff Estate Boutiques: http://www.delaire.co.za/index.php/estate-boutiques.html
- Stellenbosch Area & Activities: http://www.delaire.co.za/index.php/lodge-a-spa/area-a-activities.html
- Stellenbosch Wine Routes: http://www.wineroute.co.za/welcome.aspx