Listed in SOUTH AFRICA
- Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Delaire Graff Estate,Luxury Lodging, Winery, Sculpture Garden and Destination Spa is situated in Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s most historic and prestigious wine region. Founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679, Simon brought a sound knowledge of viticulture, the art of wine making – fostering a tradition that has grown from strength to strength through the centuries. In 1982 John Platter, well known wine writer, bought Delaire, then known as Avontuur. Looking at the magnificent view, he decided to rename the farm Delaire Estate, meaning “From the Sky”. Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds International acquired the estate in 2003 and vowed to transform it into South Africa’s most desirable art, hospitality and wine destination.
Today, with two outstanding restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, a Destination Spa and two luxury boutiques, the transformation of this piece of paradise, nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, one of the world’s leading wine destinations, is now complete.
Delaire Graff Estate is surrounded by sweeping views across stunning vineyards and mountains towards Stellenbosch, one of the world’s leading wine destinations. This incredible location provides a sense of escape and privacy for the guests of the Estate’s Lodges and Spa. The ten sumptuously decorated lodges, each with their own private plunge pool, invite complete relaxation in an idyllic setting. Here, guests can enjoy art and design, gourmet foods and award winning wines and a world class Spa, featuring a range of products and exclusive treatments. For a more active experience, excursions include vineyard walks, wine tasting and visits to the historic towns of nearby Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
The Delaire Graff Spa offers guests an enriching and holistic approach to wellness and beauty in an awe-inspiring setting and invites guests to rejuvenate and replenish. Drenched in magnificent sunshine for most of the year, its 22-metre infinity pool and heated Jacuzzi offers expansive views to soak up from a lounger in between therapeutic treatments. The focus here is on physical and spiritual wellbeing, providing inspiration for lifestyle changes that nourish and revitalise the senses. Expert therapists provide personalised treatments in elegant suites using the renowned Swiss Perfection range – the anti-ageing skincare product exclusive to Delaire in Africa – or the award-winning Aromatherapy Associates, and Mama Mio.For a more energising experience, the Spa offers a fully equipped Techno gym.
Indochine, situated at the Delaire Graff Lodge & Spa offers serves Asian-inspired cuisine presented with a contemporary yet delicate twist. Only the finest ingredients are used, with menus featuring fresh organic produce grown in the greenhouse on the Estate. Flavours are lively, aromatic and robust while maintaining a style of cuisine synonymous with vitality, wellness and healthy living. Diners have the choice of enjoying the contemporary interior or an alfresco experience, with wraparound views stretching over the valley below towards the majestic Table Mountain. Breakfasts may be enjoyed in the privacy of a Lodge or at the restaurant, where an indulgent array of dishes await, with gourmet ingredients handpicked from the area – berries from a nearby farm, the region’s best charcuterie, organic dairy and decadent pastries – in addition to beautifully presented hot dishes.
Delaire Graff Estate’s unique terroir on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Mountain Pass is noted for its high-altitude vineyards, excellent soils and cooling sea breezes. Delaire Graff Estate aims for red wines that are big in structure with soft tannins and elegance, and white wines which capture the freshness of the harvest. With one of the most advanced cellars in the Southern Hemisphere, which became operational in 2008, in just three years the Estate can be comfortably rated as one of the top ten wine producers in South Africa. From the outset wine quality has been superb and Delaire has achieved a stellar rise. Highlights have included winning significant awards for two successive Sauvignon Blanc vintages: with the Sauvignon Blanc rated Five-Stars for the Sauvignon Blanc Challenge in 2009, and the Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc winning the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy for Best on Show in 2010. In addition, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve received the significant John Platter Five-Star rating, one of the most impressive awards a wine can ever win.
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