Ellerman House has announced the opening of its highly anticipated Ellerman House Wine Gallery.
Integrating outstanding contemporary architecture with breathtaking sculpture and cutting-edge design, the new wine gallery is not only a showcase for Ellerman House’s extensive, award-winning South African wine collection but offers guests a unique, interactive journey into the world of wine.
More like a work of art than merely a cellar, the wine gallery provides sophisticated storage in state-of-the-art wine racks and temperature-controlled subterranean cellars for a 7500-strong collection of vintage and rare wines.
The handcrafted nature of South Africa’s finest wines and the organic shape of grapevines are reflected in the use of natural, earthy materials – wood, granite, metal, carbon – polished, sculpted, carved or left raw to reveal the innate, intrinsic beauty of each element.
Besides being an inspiring, experiential space in which to taste wine, the gallery includes an interactive multi-media wine library, maturation cellars for white and red wines, and a brandy tasting lounge. A special feature is a Champagne Cellar, stocked exclusively with rare and special vintages of Dom Perignon.
A separate space within the wine gallery is dedicated to the South African brandy industry, recognised as the third oldest brandy producing country in the world. South Africa has produced many world-class brandies over the years, many of them notable award winners.
The brief to the design team from the owner, Paul Harris, was to come up with a original concept for the wine gallery that had never been seen before. Harris wanted to create a space where guests and friends of Ellerman House could taste and appreciate the many fine wines produced in South Africa, while being inspired by world-class local architecture, sculptural art and design.
‘The wine gallery is a work of art, rather than just a functional space,’ explains Harris. ‘I am truly delighted with the way the brief was interpreted.’
Ellerman House has also devised a wine App for iPad that provides layers of detailed information about South African wines, including tasting notes for individual wines in synch with the hotel’s wine list.