SA's Only Antiques, Collectables And Decorative Arts Magazine
ART AT DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE

artDelaireWelcome to Delaire Graff Estate – where you can experience the ultimate in luxury, combined with our own unique blend of South African hospitality. Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, I visited the Estate for the first time back in 2003 and felt a strong connection in an instant – it was love at first sight.

The incredible views provide the perfect backdrop to our outstanding restaurants, state-of-theart winery, exclusive Lodges, exuberant landscaping, destination Spa and luxury boutiques. Our talented team harness a united vision and passion, and their continuing dedication brings the true beauty of this piece of paradise to our guests each and every day.

A world-class art destination in the Stellenbosch Valley, Delaire Graff Estate offers a rare chance for art aficionados to view some of Laurence Graff’s personal art collection in an outstanding setting. Frequently named one of the world’s top art collectors, Laurence Graff’s collection at the Estate is a carefully curated showcase of some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists.

In 2013 a very special painting was returned home to South Africa and Delaire Graff Estate.

One of the most iconic pieces of the 20th Century – and the first piece of art to inspire a lifelong passion in Laurence Graff – guests can view Vladimir Tretchikoff’s iconic Chinese Girl, currently on display in the entrance to our main building.

ACTIVITIES ON THE ESTATE

Private cinema, Graff Diamonds boutique, 100% Capri boutique, vineyard walks, Delaire Graff wine tasting and cellar tours.

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA

Visit the historical Winelands town of Stellenbosch for art, galleries and shopping. Experience local Cape cuisine and wines, hot air ballooning, vineyard horse rides, helicopter adventures, signature golf courses and picnics.

The feather in our proverbial cap, Leeu Estates is home to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, with a number of luxury accommodation options to choose from, innovative cuisine in The Dining Room, Leeu Spa & Gym, an extraordinary art collection and impressively landscaped gardens, all presided over by the dramatic Manor House.

Analjit (aka BAS) is the founding chairman of Max India Limited, with interests in life insurance (Max Life), healthcare (Max Healthcare), health insurance (Max Bupa) and senior living (Antara). Established in 1985, the company reinvented itself in 2000, focusing their attention on the individual, in what they call ‘The Business of Life’ as represented by the various entities. Having conquered ‘The Business of Life’ it would seem logical that Analjit would set out to pursue

‘The Pleasures of Life’ in founding the Leeu Collection. Analjit’s love affair with South Africa started when he first visited the country for the FIFA Soccer

World Cup in 2010. He visited Cape Town and ventured into the Cape winelands, where he felt “a deep sense of belonging, of energy, a sense of place” in the valley of Franschhoek. He began his search for a property and knew he’d found the right place the minute he set foot on a 40-hectare farm, Klein Dassenberg, on the slopes of the Dassenberg. He went on to purchase the two adjoining farms, Dieu Donné and Von Ortloff, to create Leeu Estates. In 2013, a stake was acquired in Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, founded by award-winning winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux, the natural next step to completing his luxury hospitality offering. 

The Leeu Collection currently comprises Leeu Estates, Leeu House, Le Quartier Français, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Heritage Square and Tuk Tuk Microbrewery.

The Afrikaans word Leeu (meaning Lion) is the Sanskrit derivation of Singh, and the perfect link between the valley and the man.

THE COLLECTION

Leeu Collection has curated an impressive art collection that has been strategically placed at both properties.

ART AT TOKARA

TOKARA is the embodiment of GT Ferreira’s philosophy that good wine, good food and good art go together to make a good lifestyle. He wanted to share this with like-minded people, and TOKARA provides a facility where this can be experienced. In discussions with the architects GT expressed what he considered important: the winery design had to have a Cape flavour and fit into the natural landscape unobtrusively. The final product was an award winning architectural design and building construct in which transparency and utilisation of both modern and traditional building material in an innovative blend were major design considerations.

Attention to detail is evident everywhere in the design of the facility and its contents. This became a golden thread in the TOKARA brand. Many hand crafted furniture and design elements were introduced in the public spaces. Two very different wine tasting spaces (public and private) were conceived in the original design. The winery tasting room is the best place to taste the great wines produced by the winemaking team, surrounded by great works of art, including the stonework visible everywhere in the cellar – executed by a South African artist living in France. Over the years the obvious connection with art was extended to fine art, wine made art and very recently sculptures at the delicatessen. From the moment you arrive at TOKARA, you will be reminded that “making good wine is a skill, but making great wine is an art” – Robert Mondavi

TOKARA WINE MADE ART

Every year in September TOKARA celebrates the release of their new vintage wines with exquisite works of art, paintings made by up and coming artists using TOKARA red wine. The Wine Made Art concept was created in 2006 to encourage new and creative methods of incorporating wine experience in art. It was conceptualized by Cape Town agency Riot (now Coley Porter Bell), which was awarded a Golden Loerie for the campaign in July 2007. Every year a different theme is selected and artists are commissioned to produce paintings according to the theme. Over the years themes such as “Celebrate Africa” and “Textures of TOKARA” has inspired artists to create outstanding paintings, many of them published on the front pages of local magazines.The public can view the artworks at the winery from September until the end of December every year. Currently open for viewing: 2013 Selected works: Theme – ‘In my Bos se strate’ (In the streets of Stellenbosch)

FINE ART AT TOKARA

The fine art exhibited in the entrance area to TOKARA Winery is curated by Julia Meintjes, who presents three to four exhibitions here each year. Julia is an authority on South African art,both historical and contemporary. Her company offers an art advisory service, managing art collections for corporates as well as for private individuals. Her advice enables people to start, maintain and build an art collection. As well as buying and selling on behalf of clients, she also gives advice on trends, investment opportunities and on the merit and value of works. Julia’s exhibitions encompass many different media. These include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, original graphics and other works on paper, as well as the work of indigenous artists crafting media such as pots, beadwork and wire. Julia Meintjes Fine Art is proud to be associated with TOKARA and its support of South African art. www.juliameintjes.co.za

ABOUT SCULPTURE ARTWORK AT LEEU:

ARTEMIS & DOGS I-III

Artemis, the Greek goddess of hunting, with her three large dogs, which are metaphors for her arrows, is the focal point of the garden in front of The Manor House on Leeu Estates. Monumental and powerful, it dominates the green setting provided by the manicured lawn. Myth has it that she was spied on by Acteaon while bathing and as punishment turned him into a stag and then set her dogs on him. The larger-than-life goddess is an archetype and the dogs were based on artist Deborah’s three beloved Great Danes.

 

artDelaire2Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Phone: +27 21 885 8160

Fax: +27 86 775 1720

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GPS Coordinates:

Front gate: S: 33° 55. 236 E: 18° 55. 207

Bottom Single Helipad: S: 33° 55. 347 E: 18° 55. 396

Top Double Helipad: S: 33° 55. 375 E: 18° 55. 401

Latitude: -33.920722961425781

Longitude: 18.919448852539062

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

You can download travel directions to Delaire Graff Estate using the following link: Travelling to Delaire Graff Estate (.pdf 242kb)

 

Latest Digital Issue

iPad30

download30

 

iPadissue29

download29

 

 

the-collector-issue-28

 

download2

 

 issue-25

 

download3

 

 

Digital Back Issues

Buy Digital back issues for $1

getback