Nestled in Stellenbosch’s wine country is the elegant and oh-so luxurious Delaire Graff Estate. Only an hour from Cape Town’s centre and the perfect excuse to spend an afternoon indulging in local food and wine. Laurence Graff – of the Graff jewellery empire – bought the estate, brought in the David Collins Studio from London and transformed it into the luxury Relais & Chateaux hotel and vineyard it is today. The Delaire Graff Estate opened its doors in 2009.
The Delaire Graff Restaurant’s key feature is the magnificent view of the Helshoogte Pass. You’ll find an array of the international jet-set sitting around you in pastels and over-sized shades.
The menu is seasonal with a focus on beautiful ingredients and a nod to local flavours. The Western Cape has a phenomenal food scene and this is a restaurant to enjoy this experience. The playing is elegant and would be at home in any institution in Europe.
The wine is of course a key feature. I was recommended the Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay, it was slightly buttery, bright and one of the best Chardonnays I have experienced. I am no wine expert, but I was told that the unique mineralogy of the soil of the estate has played its part in creating an award-winning collection.
A picture says more than a 1000 words, and they barely do the surroundings justice. The mountains, vineyards and open skies can only be experienced.
Definitely one for anyone’s trip through Cape Town. Lookout for our post on Indochine, the other Delaire Graff Restaurant in the next week!