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In 2003, when Laurence Graff purchased a rustic winery called Delaire in South Africa, he uncovered a hidden gem—which makes sense, considering he’s chairman of Graff Diamonds. His recently refashioned Delaire Graff Estate includes an ultramodern winery, a spa, and a hotel with 10 villa-style suites. Go to delaire.co.za.

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THE SETTING
Located 35 miles from Cape Town, the 100-acre property was updated by French architect Pierre Bories using local materials. The thatched roofs, gables, and earthy plaster walls offer a modern interpretation of Cape Dutch vernacular, but the big attraction is outdoors: There are breathtaking views from every room.

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THE WINERY
Delaire is in the heart of Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s oldest wine-growing regions. In the winery, the formal restaurant and maturation cellar are separated by a wide passage with a peach-pit-and-resin floor. The cellar is visible through a glass and stone wall that took nine months to build using traditional techniques.

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THE DECOR
Graff turned to David Collins to give the property cosmopolitan flair while respecting tradition. Most of the furniture was crafted by local artisans; the reed ceilings and grass-cloth walls are South African staples. At the restaurant Indochine, Collins installed blue leather chairs and copper-topped tables.

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THE SPA
There are four spa suites with terraces (treatments include antiaging facials and Indian head massages), along with a heated pool and a hot tub. Work out with the latest Technogym equipment or consider a nature walk up the Botmaskop peak, where leopards are occasionally sighted.

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THE ART
Graff displays South African pieces throughout the estate. Sculptures by Deborah Bell, Dylan Lewis, and Anton Smit are strewn along walk­- ways and in the gardens planted by horticulturist Keith Kirsten. A large paint­- ing by William Kentridge in the winery’s restaurant served as inspiration for the banquette that runs the length of the room.

Gallo Images/Shaen Adey; Bronze Sculpture: Conjunction by Deborah Bell (2008)