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Delaire Graff Estate offers an incredible path between art, culture and wine; the owner, Laurence Graff believes wine has a unique relationship with music and art. The Cape Town | Capes Winelands global Best Of Wine Tourism 2016 will offer you an extraordinary private art collection.
Ascending the oak-lined driveway towards the Delaire Graff cellar and tasting room, it’s hard to know where to cast your gaze. For starters this remarkable estate atop the Helshoogte Pass outside the charming university town of Stellenbosch offers perhaps the most dramatic views in the Cape winelands.
From the shady terrace the Banghoek valley drops away beneath your feet, framed by trellised vineyards and the towering Simonsberg and Jonkershoek Mountains. It’s jaw-dropping stuff that can easily mesmerize for hours. And yet, turn away from the mountain vistas, for much of Delaire Graff Estate’s charm lies elsewhere.
Although the estate boasts award-winning wine, incredible cuisine and eye-catching architecture, it has also established itself as the home of the pre-eminent art collection in the South African winelands.
Laurence Graff OBE & Picasso
Owner Laurence Graff is a prolific collector who holds works by Warhol, Picasso and Murakami in his private collection, but on his South African estate it’s local artists that take pride of place.
And the art experience here begins the moment you drive through the imposing front gates: bronze cheetahs by sculptor Dylan Lewis lope serenely through the gardens, while works by Deborah Bell and Anton Smit grace the manicured estate.
As you meander into the cool of the cellar, a portrait stands off to one side, demurely on public display. This is Tretchikoff’s acclaimed ‘Chinese Girl’, purchased by Graff in 2013.
Throughout the building visitors with a trained eye can admire a host of iconic South African works: striking panels of African portraiture from Lionel Smit greet guests at the entrance, while a rare collaborative work by Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge and Deborah Bell graces the elegant Wine Lounge. Another Kentridge, here invoking the rich rooftop tones of Florence, hangs in the Delaire Graff restaurant.
In the intimate Indochine restaurant, attached to the boutique hotel on the estate, a delightful collaboration between Lionel Smit and André Stead dubbed ‘Swallows in Flight’ is one of the most talked-about installations on the estate, with a flock of 1300 swallows spiralling above the heads of diners.
At Delaire Graff Estate, art, food and wine meld into an irresistible triptych of elegant living. And once you’ve soaked them all up? Well, perhaps go back for another look at those gorgeous mountain views.
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