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Delaire Graff

Set in a lofty location on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Mountain Pass and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, the Delaire Graff estate is noted for its high-altitude vineyards, unique terroir and cooling sea breezes. Originally a farm named Avontuur, this was bought in 1982 by the celebrated wine writer and winemaker John Platter, who renamed it Delaire Estate, meaning ?From the Sky?. A change of hands in 2003 saw ownership passed onto Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds International Ltd, who then initiated a six-year redevelopment programme to transform the estate into the premium world-class winery, restaurant, hotel and spa that it is today.During the refurbishments, one of the most advanced cellars in the Southern Hemisphere was installed; this became operational in 2008 with the release of the first wines under the Delaire Graff label. In just three years, the Estate has been propelled straight into the top tier of South Africa?s finest boutique wineries. A relatively small estate with only 22 hectares under vine, the focus of production has been on the varietals suited to the local terroir, namely Chardonnay and red Bordeaux varietals. The desire to add other classic Cape varietals to the portfolio sent the winemaking team in search of the finest and best-matched plots to the new varietals. The Shiraz vines are located closer to the ocean to benefit from the cooler climate, the Sauvignon is a blend of grapes sourced from four premium wine regions, and the Chenin is sourced from 35 year old bush vines in Swartland. These long-term lease vineyards are managed year-round by the Delaire Graff viticulturist team.