Delaire Graff Estate: A Culinary Haven in Stellenbosch

My visit to Delaire Graff Estate in the stunning landscapes of Stellenbosch was an experience I had eagerly anticipated. Known for its exquisite wines, stunning art, and breathtaking views, Delaire Graff offered me an unforgettable day filled with gourmet delights and beauty all around me. While I didn’t have the pleasure of staying overnight, my exploration of the estate, including a sumptuous lunch, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms, was nothing short of magical. Let me take you through my journey of this exceptional wine estate.

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A Haven of Art and Nature | Delaire Graff Estate

Upon arrival at Delaire Graff, I was instantly captivated by its unique blend of art and nature. The estate is a living gallery, showcasing impressive artworks amidst its lush gardens and vineyards. Strolling through the estate felt like wandering through an artist’s dream, where each turn offered a new, stunning vista or a captivating sculpture.

Gourmet Cuisine at Its Best

The highlight of my visit was undoubtedly the lunch at Delaire Graff’s renowned restaurant. Each dish was a masterpiece, beautifully presented and bursting with flavor. The estate’s wines, from crisp whites to robust reds, were the perfect accompaniment to the meal. As a lover of fine dining and wine, this experience was a symphony of tastes and aromas that danced on my palate.

During my visit to Delaire Graff Estate, the lunch experience was a showcase of culinary excellence. The menu, deeply rooted in the philosophy of seasonality and fresh ingredients, presented an array of dishes that were as visually stunning as they were delicious.

My Favorites at Delaire Graff Estate

  • Karoo Lamb: The Karoo Lamb was a standout dish. The tender lamb, cooked to perfection, was complemented by a medley of broccoli, potato, and spinach, all brought together with a flavorful navarin sauce. Each bite of this dish was a testament to the chef’s skill in creating a balance of flavors that highlighted the quality of the local produce.
  • Wood Fired Bonsmara Beef: The Wood Fired Bonsmara Beef was another highlight. The beef, tender and full of flavor, was served with parsnip, asparagus, and leek, and finished with a rich sherry jus. It was a dish that not only satisfied the palate but also showcased the estate’s commitment to high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • The Oysters: The oysters served at Delaire Graff were exceptional. Fresh, briny, and served with a delicate balance of sjalottenazijn and lemon, they were an ideal start to the meal. The quality and freshness of the oysters were a clear indication of the care and attention given to sourcing the best ingredients.

Personal Tip: For an unforgettable experience, I recommend trying the chef’s special paired with the estate’s signature wine. The combination is heavenly and showcases the best of Delaire Graff’s culinary and vinicultural expertise.

Exploring the Estate

Post-lunch, I explored the estate’s wine tasting rooms and boutique shops. Each space was an extension of the estate’s elegance and charm. The wine tasting was an educational journey, led by knowledgeable staff who shared insights into each wine’s unique character.

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A Must-Visit Destination

Delaire Graff Estate is more than just a winery; it’s a destination that offers a feast for the senses. Whether it’s the art, the wine, the cuisine, or the stunning views, the estate promises an experience that is both luxurious and soulful.


As I left Delaire Graff Estate, I carried with me memories of a day steeped in luxury, beauty, and the finest offerings of Stellenbosch. It’s a place that I dream of returning to, perhaps one day to stay and immerse myself fully in its splendor. For anyone visiting Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff is a destination not to be missed.

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