I live a very curated life. I chase natural light, bright colours and vast landscapes. I am obsessed with dishes on white backgrounds, wine glass held up against a view and large flower arrangements. My “being a grown up” goal for 2016 was to buy my first piece of art. I bought a giant piece by Andrew Sutherland at the Salon 91 gallery and it brings me great joy. With my new art interest I have come to learn a little about the South African art scene and I have begun to covet more and more! I would trade my mom for an Alexia Vogel painting, I am desperate to somehow get my hands on an original Kirsten Sims and Danielle Clough’s tapestries are mind blowing.
So whilst I have always had a good appreciation for art, I have reached a new level of obsession. Another thing is my desire to support local artists and celebrate our home grown talent.
This is a little background to the declaration that Delaire Graff is my new favourite wine farm. I could stop here and let the pictures speak for themselves – but you know I am never going to do that 😉 ! Delaire Graff is home to a huge South African art collection and I walked around with my jaw dropping the floor every twist and turn.
I have long been a fan of Dylan Lewis’ sculptures and in my entire life I haven’t seen as many as I did the day at Delaire Graff. I am probably well underselling the number but Delaire Graff must have at least 15 Dylan Lewis sculptures and they are a breathtaking pairing to the giant views!
I have also discovered new South African artists and am now following the work of Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Deborah Bell, Lionel Smit. Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi’s work is exceptional and a little hidden away. If you would like to see his work it can be found at Indochine which is their restaurant a little further up the hill from the tasting room.
The gardens are breathtaking with landscape design by Keith Kirsten. Make sure to have a wander around the gardens as well as admiring the art!
From the Delaire Graff website:
“To encourage biodiversity, over 350 indigenous plants and other imported, non-invasive species nestle amongst art, sculpture, rippling water features and reflective pools that work in harmony to create the ultimate tranquil garden setting.”
The real reason you visit a wine farm – is for the wine! And I promise you they deliver on the wine too! We grabbed a shady table and admired the huge views with a glass of wine in hand! We loved the Banghoek Reserve which is a wooded Chardonnay.
However, our favourite wine of the tasting was a surprise to both of us!
We tend to prefer lighter reds like pinot noirs, cinsaults and grenache. And whilst we can appreciation a good merlot, cab sav and shiraz we often end up reaching for the lighter juicy reds. Delaire Graff has created a light easy drinking Shiraz which is really delicious! If you’re looking for a beautiful light red wine which you can drink through summer and winter Delaire Graff has a wonderful option in their shiraz.
And there you have it! Visit for the wine but linger longer to take in the art and spectacular gardens that Delaire Graff has to offer. And yes, they have Vladimir Tretchikoff’s iconic Chinese Girl and yes, it is the real one on display!
- Location: Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch
- Opening times: Wine lounge open from 10am daily
- Contact details: 021 885 8160