Delaire Graff with First-Class South African Wine from Stellenbosch
Delaire Graff and its wines have achieved an excellent standing in the South African wine industry within the shortest amount of time. With elegance and harmony, they have been impressing wine lovers and critics alike for more than three decades. Due to a sensitive approach, Delaire Graff skilfully implements modern techniques which cover all steps from cultivation up to cellaring all the way to bottling. The first-class range covers red wines such as the famous Botmaskop which entices with its delicate elegance and soft tannins as well as refreshing white wines (such as Chenin Blanc or Chardonnay) and sparkling wines which are inspired by the traditional Champagne method.
Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch – Wonderful Location in a Unique Terroir
The winery is located in the middle of the South African cultivation area Stellenbosch, directly at the mountain ridge of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, on the slopes of the Botmaskop in the southwest of South Africa. The name means ‘Peak of the Sailors’ since they used to utilize it as a viewpoint. Surrounding majestic mountains, green landscapes and beautiful vineyards offer a breathtaking view. Due to plenty of sunlight but also a cool sea breeze from the Atlantic, this landscape offers outstanding climatic conditions for grand wines at a top level. This sea breeze is also called Cape Doctor because it ensures healthy vines due to its cooling effect. The nutrient soil made up of decomposed granite and the slower ripening period are some of the advantages of the winery’s ideal location.
Besides the climatic conditions, the expertise of the staff here is also typical for Delaire Graff. Since 2009, the winemaker Morné Vrey has been working his magic here. He is a respected and experienced South African winemaker with a relentless aspiration for quality and also implements that with success.
Delaire Graff – from John Platter to Laurence Graff
John Platter, well-known wine critic for special wines in South Africa, purchased the piece of land in 1982. Due to its fascinating landscape, he named it Delaire Estate which means ‘directly from heaven’. A good twenty years later, Laurence Graff – British entrepreneur and worldwide leading jeweller – acquired the winery in the picturesque Stellenbosch. Extensive renovation works such as a spa area, a modern wine cellar and several wine lodges were his first steps in order to turn Delaire Graff into a luxury destination.