Delaire Graff Estate has been described as “the acme of South Africa’s remarkable wine tourism offering” by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. We are elated to announce the Estate has been named the overall South African winner at the Network’s 2016 Best of Wine Tourism Awards, having taken first place in both the Art & Culture and Wine Tourism Restaurant categories.
The announcement was made in Bilbao, Spain on the evening of 12 November. Delaire Graff Estate joins other wineries across the globe, announced as the best in their respective countries as well as the international stage.
With restaurants focusing on producing beautiful dishes reflective of the best seasonal, ethically and locally sourced ingredients, Delaire Graff Estate is an astounding culinary destination. With views stretching over cultivated vineyards across to mountain valleys, Delaire Graff Restaurant, the global winner within the restaurant category, is frequently named as one of the world’s top dining experiences. The beautifully imagined bistro-chic food complements the sensational setting with chefs picking produce daily from the Estate’s bountiful greenhouse and gardens. The Estate is committed to seasonal farming, supporting free-range, pasture-reared livestock and local farmers within Africa, quality which translates into each vibrant dish within an elegant setting.
Frequently identified one of the world’s foremost art collectors, Laurence Graff’s private collection housed at Delaire Graff Estate is a carefully curated showcase of some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists. Included prominent contemporary artists are Anton Smit, Sydney Kumalo, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Dylan Lewis, Lionel Smit, Cecil Skotnes and William Kentridge.
The art collection extends within the gardens with dramatic sculptures nestled amidst the blossoms. Flora and fauna featuring indigenous flowering plants, such as the enormous king protea and shrubs from South Africa’s native fynbos biome, play a very special role on the Estate. Gardeners are continuously caring for each and every aspect of the Estate’s natural kingdom and biodiversity, from the recycling of grey water, to the managing the fertile wormery and tending to the ever-in-bloom foliage.
“It is an outstanding honour to have received not one, but two top
placements for these prestigious awards. Delaire Graff Estate has proven itself to be the ‘Jewel of the Cape Winelands’ and we continue to strive for excellence in every experience we offer our guests,” says General Manager of the Estate, Johann Laubser.
The competition within the Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards is becoming increasingly steep, according to Wines of South Africa’s André Morgenthal, whom heads the South African Chapter of this global wine tourism competition. General standards have gone up exponentially, but so have the expectations of discerning travellers, pushing innovation within the industry.
“Because we live here, I think we have become accustomed to it, but foreign tourists are astounded by the hospitality and sheer friendliness of our people. That is something that can’t be imitated and it’s indeed something of which to be very proud,” commented Morgenthal.