Sir David Graaff, 3rd Baronet

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Sir David Graaff, Bt
Born (1940-05-03)3 May 1940
South Africa
Died 24 January 2015(2015-01-24) (aged 74)
Occupation Businessman, Politician, Vintner
Nationality South Africa South African

Sir David de Villiers Graaff, 3rd Baronet (3 May 1940 – 24 January 2015), was a South African businessman and owner of De Grendel Wine Estate.

The son of Sir De Villiers Graaff, 2nd Baronet, he was born in 1940, after his father left to serve in the North African campaign. Sir De Villiers became a prisoner of war in 1942, and would not meet his son until 1945.[1] David took his undergraduate degree BSC Agric University of Stellenbosch, preparatory to a career in politics and farming, but also read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford and studied at the University of Grenoble. Like his father, he at one time entered South African politics and served as Minister of Trade and Industry under FW De Klerk, he withdrew in 1996 after his father's death.[2] When he inherited the baronetcy and the family estate of De Grendel upon his father's death, he decided to experiment with viniculture and winemaking. Sir David was a director of Graaffs Trust and The Milnerton Estates Limited.

He was the Honorary Colonel of the Cape Garrison Artillery until his death on 24 January 2015.[3] [4]

Sir David is survived by his wife Sally and his four children, the eldest of whom, De Villiers, succeeded him in the baronetcy and farms in the Hex River valley.[2]


  1. ^ "History of De Grendel Wines". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b "The Family Farm - De Grendel". Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  3. ^ de Klerk, Nielen. "Sir David Graaff oorlede". Netwerk 24. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Sir David Graaff owner of De Grendel: RIP
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
De Villiers Graaff
(of Tygerberg, South Africa)
Succeeded by
De Villiers Graaff
Military offices
Preceded by
Honourary Colonel Cape Garrison Artillery
n.d – 2015
Succeeded by