Another special vineyard/winery, hotel and restaurant complex that we visited in Stellenbosch is the Delaire Graff Estate. After Babylonstoren, it’s another example of owners with cash to burn creating something that is utterly spectacular…
Up a steep and winding driveway from the main road that is flanked on both sides by the most amazing plantings of dozens of varieties of plants both flowering, succulent and what not, it was only a fraction of the views and gardens to come…
…higher up on the property were amazing views of the vineyard and mountains in almost all directions. We happened to be there late Fall, so the leaves had turned, and it was really pretty.
Enlarge this panoramic shot above on your computers if you can, it was just breathtaking. Had the skies been a bit clearer, it would have made the perfect postcard shot.
Despite the cool weather going into winter, the gardens were still abloom, with a natural unstudied look that takes planning and serious gardening expertise to execute.
Owned by the Graff family famous for their shops carrying some of the world’s most stunning diamonds, this estate features several works of art such as sculptures dotted around the visually stunning grounds.
There website details some of their prized possessions, which include paintings, sculpture and other works of art.
My uncle, with a plethora of sculptures in his personal collection, has often loaned them out to various sites and gardens such as the Puentespina gardens in Davao, but somehow, the sculptures at Delaire Graff got as leading a billing as the amazing vistas around the pieces.
There were more sculptures in the main courtyard…
near the entrance to the building that housed several restaurants, cellars, and the only Graff store on the continent of Africa.
There was also a replica of AN ENORMOUS yellow diamond on display in the main lobby, near this beautiful floral arrangement set in dozens of clear bottles and vases. The Teen ventured into the Graff diamond store off the main lobby, and asked me in hushed tones if she could try on the merchandise, and of course I said yes, absolutely, what better chance to explore? So she promptly asked to see a 5-6 carat(!) round white diamond ring, almost internally flawless and as she put it, “a nice size, no?” and she had to muffle an involuntary squeal when the saleslady said “it’s USD180,000, before VAT”!!! Yipes. I told daughter if she saved $100 every month for roughly 100 years plus interest she could buy the ring herself! I must admit, however, it WAS a stunning ring. At least we know she has both good and aspirational tasted. We browsed (that doesn’t cost anything) and learned a bit more about diamonds during our brief visit to the boutique.
A photo of the wine tasting room and shop, with all sorts of doodads like corkscrews, honey, preserves, wines, etc.
Terrace seating under umbrellas with spectacular views…
…and another amazing panoramic view (enlarge on your computer or phone if you can)!
The outdoor grill…
…and a shot of the pristine cellars were wine was being aged.
The MM family in the gardens. Overall second most favorite stop in wine country after the Bablyonstoren gardens and shop. Check out the estate, accommodations, restaurants, artwork, etc. HERE.