The World’s Best Vineyards awards reveals the most amazing vineyard experiences – the best places to taste terrific wines and learn about winemaking and grape-growing. Many also offer superb views, restaurants and places to stay.
The 2020 list covers five continents and 18 countries, with 17 new names featuring. Some are famous – the must-visit places in the world’s best-loved wine regions. Some, on the other hand, will inspire you to explore a new region. New destinations on the list include Japan, Bulgaria and India!
Delaire Graff Estate was named as one of the Top 50 wineries by the World’s Best Vineyards, and was placed first within Africa. This accolade hails it as the finest vineyard experience across the continent, and a worthy destination for South Africans, as well as future travellers to South Africa, to explore and celebrate. And this is why …
A Cape idyll
They really know how to do idyllic landscapes in the Cape Winelands. South Africa’s leading wine, hospitality and art destination, Delaire Graff Estate – aka ‘the Jewel’ of said Winelands – is almost too perfect. Situated under the peak of the Botmaskop mountain between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the estate boasts unparalleled views of the Banghoek Valley, Stellenbosch vineyards and Table Mountain – and plenty more besides.
The estate’s hybrid architecture, sculpture gardens and opulent décor also provide a magnificent indoor and outdoor gallery to showcase artworks from Laurence Graff’s personal collection, representing some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists, including Deborah Bell, Dylan Lewis, Lionel Smit, Kendell Geers, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi and William Kentridge.
Luxury is ‘as standard’ at this pristine estate, as befits an owner who made his fortune in diamonds. As well as being home to Laurence Graff’s personal villa, the property benefits from some positively presidential guest lodges, two outstanding restaurants, a destination spa, various luxury boutiques and – of course – a state-of-the-art winery run by talented winemaker Morné Vrey.
The art of relaxation
The Wine Lounge is a welcoming art-filled tasting space and relaxing retreat in which to enjoy a glass or three.
Of the two restaurants, Indochine is definitely worth a reservation, offering as it does a dazzling and sophisticated Asian-influenced dining experience combined with Delaire Graff’s unimpeachable range of wines.
Located high on a mountain slope, the estate offers flawless views of the Banghoek Valley, Stellenbosch vineyards and Table Mountain.
Name of wine estate: Delaire Graff Estate / Country: South Africa / Wine region: Stellenbosch
Winemaker: Morné Vrey / Wine style: Bordeaux blends and Chardonnay are specialties
Acknowledgment: The World’s Best Vineyards awards