The wine gallery complements Ellerman House and its villas, merging old and new design elements. The gallery has a series of architectural spaces that appear to be carved out of solid rock. Inspiration was drawn from primeval, natural, ancient forms deriving from nature, from the helix shape of DNA strands, reflected in the design of Brian Steinhobel’s wine rack and Conrad Hicks’s staircase, as well as the Fibonacci or golden spiral, the oldest form of perfect proportion and symmetry used by the ancient Greeks, used in the design of the granite and in-laid copper floors.
Ellerman House is a Relais & Chateaux property that once belonged to shipping magnates Sir John and Lady Ellerman. The design of the new wine gallery does not only showcase Ellerman House’s South African wine collection, but also offers an interactive journey into the world of wine. The wine gallery holds 7,500 of the hotel’s vintage and rare wines. It also includes an interactive multimedia wine library, maturation cellars for white and red wines and a brandy tasting lounge. Also available is a champagne cellar, stocked with vintages of Dom Perignon.
Paul Harris is the owner of Ellerman House.