Ellerman House opens wine gallery and second villa

George Sell By George Sell
02 December 2013 | Updated 02 December 2013

South Africa: Ellerman House in Cape Town has announced the opening of its wine gallery and second luxury villa, to be known as Villa Two.

The wine gallery is described as "not only a showcase for Ellerman House's extensive, award-winning South African wine collection but a unique, interactive journey into the world of wine".
It provides "sophisticated storage in state-of-the-art wine racks and temperature-controlled subterranean cellars for the hotel's 7,500 bottle collection of vintage and rare wines".

The hotel says the handcrafted nature of South Africa's finest wines and the organic shape of grapevines are "reflected in the use of natural, earthy materials, which are polished, sculpted, carved or left raw to reveal the innate, intrinsic beauty of each element"

The gallery includes an interactive multi-media wine library, maturation cellars for white and red wines, a champagne cellar and a brandy tasting lounge.
Both the gallery and Villa Two, which sits above it have been designed by architect Michael Dennett. Owner Paul Harris said: "The wine gallery is a work of art, rather than just a functional space. I am truly delighted with the way the brief was interpreted."
Villa Two is described as "saturated with natural light and comprises two levels that flow seamlessly outdoors onto private terraces with sea views". It features three bedrooms with open-plan bathrooms, a study area and surround-sound private cinema. On the top level, entertainment, dining and living areas lead outdoors to an infinity pool and outdoor patio.


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