03 August 2012 by Ems Tsotetsi

Fine dining at Delaire Graff

The décor, food and surrounding beauty make Delaire Graff Estate a leading South African wine destination.

Don’t the words, 'Delaire Graff', conjure up images of grand dining and luxury for you? Those who have made their way to the Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch can attest to my statement when I say it’s 1 of the most spectacular wine estates in South Africa.

Beautiful views from the estate

The estate is surrounded by the beautiful Helshoogte mountain pass and endless rows of vineyards. I couldn’t help but spend a few minutes admiring the area, taking in the fresh air and the feeling of the Cape sun on my skin. 

Owner Laurence Graff has triumphed in building up this wine estate: from trendy restaurants to exquisite lodges, a relaxing spa and luxury retail boutique stores, there’s so much to enjoy.

Cape Dutch architecture is mixed with African artefacts, and Graff has even included his personal art collection about the estate. The décor, food and natural surroundings truly make this place unique – it is 1 of the leading wine destinations in South Africa.

Upon our return we sat around the deck sipping delicious wines and admiring the surrounding beauty; a great way to end an amazing day.

Taking in the ambience and great atmosphere at Delaire Graff restaurant

We were fortunate to have lunch at the Delaire Graff restaurant. Also on the estate is the restaurant Indochine, which offers Asian-inspired cuisine.

Delaire Graff restaurant opened in 2009 and offers superb wine and culinary delights. The food is beautifully presented; I almost didn’t want to touch my plate. I had the fillet, which was cooked perfectly, and just melted in my mouth. Red wine was the perfect combination to accompany my dish – all thanks to our insightful waiter.

Executive chef Christiaan Campbell uses fresh herbs picked from the gardens, and pairs every dish with the perfect wine. His dishes are infused with vibrant flavours and plated elegantly.

After our scrumptious lunch, 1 of the guides showed us various sections of the estate, and where our shiraz and chardonnay varietals came from. Upon our return we sat around the deck sipping delicious wines and admiring the surrounding beauty; a great way to end an amazing day in Cape Town.

Sauvignon Blanc vineyard

Category: Food & Wine


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