The Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa is on the crest of Helshoogte Mountain 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 the 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 Delaire 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.
- 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.