The luxurious Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm is situated in the heart of South Africa's picturesque Cape Winelands.
Named after the Italian word for horses, the Cavalli estate, near Stellenbosch covers around 125 hectares.
The estate combines the owner's passions for wine, cuisine and horses, but also incorporates sustainable design including Gabion walls which use locally quarried stones.
There are several sculptures located around the grounds celebrating the elegance and beauty of the equine form.
Equestrian facilities on the estate include an outdoor training center and this impressive indoor arena.
A total of 20 stables flank the indoor arena which are designed to allow horses to interact with each other rather than be completely separated. "People are ultimately just drawn to the horses — so we have stable tours (and) wine-tasting on horseback," Smith explains.
The estate looks out onto some of the most spectacular scenery in the Western Cape.
Famed for its rich, full-bodied wines, the vineyards are located a 30-minute drive from Cape Town.
A number of grape varieties are grown on site including Viognier, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet, Chenin Blanc, Tempranillo and Malbec. All can be sampled at Cavalli's wine-tasting facilities.
As well as paddocks and vineyards, the Cavalli estate also has a number of olive groves.
The main building includes a restaurant, Equus Dine which opened in late 2013.
Stunning views of the Helderberg mountains can be enjoyed on the terrace.
The main building also houses an impressive public art gallery. The modern design incorporates energy efficient features including geothermal and solar energy. There is also a waste water treatment plant that recycles 93% of the estate's water.
"Horses historically and culturally even religiously embody a lot of meaning — people are always quite intrigued by them. The horse has just got an incredible unspoken quality," Smith says.