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On the crest of Helshoogte Mountain Pass which links Cape’s district of Stellenbosch. The Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa has one of the leading restaurants and boutique hotels in this famous vineyard region. The Estate achieved what the owner Laurence Graff, Chairman and founder of Graff Diamonds created South Africa’s premier winery, restaurant and hotel destinations.
French Huguenots landed in the Cape in the year 1688 at the invitation of the Dutch East India Company. The valley which they had been given for their crop-growing required a dangerous mountain crossing over the Helshoogte Pass.
Delaire Graff Estate is on the crest of this pass, on the slopes of a central peak named Botmaskop. The name refers to the historical use of the height as a lookout point for ships entering Table Bay. When the sentry would give his signal, Franschhoek farmers would know to begin carting their produce to the harbour. Besides their crop-growing skills, the French Settlers also brought with them knowledge of winemaking.
Since the start of estate Laurence Graff’s singular vision was to transform it into one of the country’s premier wine and hospitality destinations, aimed at thrilling the most discerning of clientele.
- The cellar has accredited with significant accolades.
- The excellent restaurant and elegant wine tasting lounge.
- The impressive art collection continues to attract local and global attention
- The grounds enjoy over 300 native, water-wise, plants, trees and flowers.
- And the exclusive, 5-Star lodge and spa among the best in the world.
THE WINERY & VINEYARDS
Helshoogte Mountain Pass is high with excellent soils and cooling sea breezes. Delaire is producing great, expressive, world-class wines. Red wines have essential, multifaceted structures, combined with soft tannins and elegance; while the white wines capture the freshness of the harvest.
The estate’s vineyards have undergone an extensive replanting programme over the years. As Morne Very, Delaire Graff Estate’s winemaker explains, “Capital investment alone cannot guarantee excellent wines. The farm has created the best possible platform for the art and science of winemaking to co-join in a display of divine magic.”
After completing his studies, Morne started his career as assistant winemaker at Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch for five years before going to Europe in 2002. Morne believes that the Delaire Graff Estate, with one of the most advanced cellars in the southern hemisphere, makes some of the best wines in South Africa. The winery equipped with every appliance imaginable will transform the hard work in the vineyards into world-class wines.
THE WINE LOUNGE
The Wine Lounge is a critical area of the winery where visitors experience the last tasting. The wine bar stays open later in summer for a sundowner experience with a musical accompaniment and an enticing canapé menu.
DELAIRE GRAFF RESTAURANT
The Delaire Graff Restaurant offers available excellent food with fresh and vibrant flavours. Guests can dine on the terrace under a canopy of pin oak trees or within the spectacular interiors while enjoying the breathtaking views Delaire allows of the Stellenbosch Valley and Mountains.
The restaurant, headed by executive Chef Christiaan Campbell, has created accessible and approachable excellent cuisine with fresh and robust flavours.
Indochine, situated at the Lodge & Spa offers Asian Fusion inspired cuisine from organic farms and the on-site greenhouse. Characters are lively, aromatic and robust while still maintaining a style of cooking that is synonymous with vitality and healthy living. Interiors offer a comfortable yet elegant ambience, and the intimate dining area allows for a unique experience of tranquillity and privacy. Outside decking provides the option of a significant al fresco setting overlooking majestic views of Table Mountain and the valley below.
PRIVATE DINING & EVENTS
The Vinotheque is an ideal setting for smaller events and can accommodate a maximum of 18 guests while the Delaire Graff Restaurant can be made available for exclusive use events.
The Vinoteque is an intimate private dining and wine tasting room. A series of red and gold embossed leather-clad columns frame the vaulted barrel space.
All chalets feature double volume ceilings with exposed timber trusses and custom designed furniture created exclusively for Delaire. The lodges take advantage of the views over the local hills and vineyards, and all the way to Cape Point & Table Mountain.
- A 132 square metre Owner’s lodge with a Log Fireplace, two bedrooms and a private 38 square metre Heated Pool.
- A 132 square metre Presidential Lodge incorporating two bedrooms a private 34 square metre pool.
- Eight, 85 square meters Deluxe and Luxury Lodges, each containing a private Heated Infinity Pool and a Butler’s Kitchen.
The spa in Stellenbosch offers a unique luxury spa experience within a genuinely awe-inspiring setting and provides a holistic approach to health. The Spa at the Delaire Graff Estate, a place to refresh the mind, revitalise the body and enliven the senses within a breathtaking oasis of natural beauty.
AREA & ACTIVITIES
Delaire Graff Estate is in one of South Africa’s most important regions – the Cape Winelands. Discover acclaimed cultural and historical sites and infectious Joie de Vivre.
Stellenbosch or, as it is known, ‘the town of Oaks’ was founded in 1679. Today visitors to Stellenbosch can enjoy cultural and historical heritage, exceptional cuisine and award-winning wines.
Equally engaging is Franschhoek, known as South Africa’s Provence boasting excellent eateries and vineyards. Paarl, Wellington, the Helderberg and the Overberg are also favourite places to visit and within comfortable driving distance.
THE ART COLLECTION
Walking through the grounds of the estate enables one to view a collection of paintings and sculptures.
Acclaimed artists, many of whom are African, such as:
- William Kentridge
- Sydney Kumalo
- Dylan Lewis
- Fred Schimmel
- Durant Sihlali
- Deborah Bell
- Anton Smit
- Lionel Smit
- Stephane Graff
- Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
- Durant Sihlali
- Cecil Edwin Frans Skotnes
- Maurice Charles Louis van Essche
- Nicholas Moreton and Johannes von Stumm.
The collection includes an excellent collaboration between William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, and Deborah Bell. A spectacular Deborah Bell water installation is the main feature of the hotel reception
THE ESTATE GARDENS
The grounds have been designed and landscaped by Keith Kirsten, South Africa’s celebrity horticulturist, and multi-gold medal finalist at Chelsea Flower Show. In Delaire, Keith has pulled out all the stops to create an uncompromisingly spectacular display of local flora 365 days a year – both as a feature in itself, as well as an impressive florid backdrop to the Estate’s art, architecture and ambience. In the redevelopment of the Estate and over 300 new indigenous plants, shrubs and trees have been planted.
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- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Plasma TV screen
- Art gallery
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Wireless Internet access in public areas
- Daily newspaper
- Tours & Transfers on Request
- Valet parking
Accommidates 2 Adults, 80m2, Views of the Estate Vineyards and Gardens
Accommodates 2 adults, 80m2, views of the Stellenbosch Valley, Simonsberg Mountain Range & Estate Vineyards.
Accommodates 4 Adults, 130m2, Log Fireplace, Views ogf the Stellenbosch Valley, Table Mountain and the Estate Vineyards.
Accommodates 4 Adults, 130m2, Views of the Simonsberg Mountain Range & the Estate Mountain Range & the Estate Vineyards.
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MAPS & DIRECTIONS
FROM: Cape Town, V&A Waterfront or Northern Suburbs: Take the N1highway to Paarl. After passing the N1 Engen Garage exit to Stellenbosch (R304). At the bottom of the exit turn right towards Stellenbosch. Follow the road for approximately 15kms to Stellenbosch. At the second set of traffic lights (Stellenbosch Motors Garage on your right and Friendly Grocer on the left), turn left onto the R44. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right into Helshoogte Road (R310). Follow road, cross over next set of traffic lights, Idas Valley left and a large Shopping Complex on right. You are now on the Helshoogte Pass. Continue up the Helshoogte Pass for approximately 6km. Turn right into Delaire Graff Estate gates and follow the directions to the parking area.
FROM: Southern Suburbs/Cape Town International Airport: Take N2 highway. Exit at the Stellenbosch (R310)/Baden Powell Road off ramp. Continue on the R310 past Spier until you reach a major T-junction. Turn right in direction Stellenbosch and follow the road pass Distell. Continue past Stellenbosch Station stay in left lane. At the set of traffic lights turn left onto R44 direction Paarl. Cross over a set of traffic lights, at second set of traffic lights turn right, into Merriman Lane. Continue up Merriman until traffic you reach a large traffic circle. Exit left out of the traffic circle into Cluver Road. Drive through the first set of traffic lights, and at the second set of Traffic lights turn right and continue up the Helshoogte Pass. Continue up the Helshoogte Pass for approximately 6km. Turn right into Delaire Graff Estate gates and follow the directions to the parking area.
FROM: Hermanus: Follow the N2 to Somerset West/Strand area. Exit onto the R44 (Strand Road) and drive past Lord Charles Hotel on your left in direction Stellenbosch. Continue driving towards Stellenbosch. Drive past Strand Street & Dorp Street intersection and turn right into Merriman Lane. Continue up Merriman until traffic you reach a large traffic circle. Exit left out of the traffic circle into Cluver Road. Drive through the first set of traffic lights, and at the second set of Traffic lights turn right and continue up the Helshoogte Pass. Continue up the Helshoogte Pass for approximately 6km. Turn right into Delaire Graff Estate gates and follow the directions to the parking area.
FROM: Franschhoek: Exit the Franschhoek valley after about 10 minutes exit left onto the R310/Stellenbosch. Drive past Boschendal on your left and through Pniel and continue for +/-11kms on the pass. Zorgvliet Estate on right hand side and down the pass opposite Tokara winery, turn left into Delaire Graff Estate gates and follow the directions to the parking area.
FROM: Paarl: Take R45 (past Paarl Nursery) towards Franschhoek. Turn right onto the R310, you will drive past Boschendal and through Pniel and continue for +/-11kms on the pass. Zorgvliet Estate on right hand side and down the pass opposite Tokara winery, turn left into Delaire Graff Estate gates and follow the directions to the parking area.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.