Delheim – Worth the journey
This scenically beautiful family run wine estate, high on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain, constantly sets the standard with award-winning wine. Delheim does this in harmony with nature, their community, and unashamedly spoiling of their guests in personal hospitality.
A little about Delheim Wine Estate
Until 1903 the Farm De Driesprong Had several owners with diverse fortunes changing in size, it was split longitudinally and eventually this section was purchased by architect Hans Otto Hoheisen in 1938. Purchased as a retirement property and planted with fruit trees and scrub, German friends soon convinced the owners to plant vines instead. Under advice from the esteemed viticulturist Professor Perold, Cape Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Hanepoot (Muscat d ’Alexandrie) were planted.
Winemaking at Delheim started rather modestly, where first Muscadel was bottled in beer bottles and later the first attempt of Michael Hans “Spatz” Sperling was described as “Dreck” by a friend. Fortunately, through sheer perseverance and aspirations for the highest quality, wines at Delheim now command the highest praise from wine enthusiasts and wine critics alike.
Michael Hans “Spatz” Sperling had however left his mark on the wine industry in South Africa with innovations in both the industry, the human and natural environment. Notably he won the esteemed South African 1659 award for outstanding work in the wine industry and was one of three original members of the Stellenbosch wine route, with Frans Malan of Simonsig and Niel Joubert from Spier.
In the 1970’s the farm Klapmutskop, with deep red soils, was purchased and added welcome new terroir, which is better suited for red wines than the cooler Delheim vineyards. Here Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc flourishes, predominantly as bush vines.
This vineyard is well worth the visit!
Delheim Wine Estate at a glance
Wines of note
- (Cabernet Sauvignon, with a dash of Merlot and Cabernet Franc) Grand Reserve,
- (Pinotage) Vera Cruz,
- (Chardonnay) Sur Lie,
- (Wooded natural sweet) Spatzendreck
Reasons to visit
- Wine tasting of worldwide award-winning wines, by knowledgeable staff
- Exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chardonnay and Natural Sweet wine,
- Continuous production and constant improvement of award-winning and remarkable wines
- Family-friendly hospitality
- The unique tasting cellar and alfresco tasting
- Mountain biking
- Great hospitality.
Best time to visit
This is an all-year destination, with a winter fireplace and alfresco (outside) summer tastings. Although early morning and late afternoon are the best for views all the way to Table Mountain, all day is well worth the visit.
What to do at Delheim Wine Estate
Highlights of the estate
- Unique, historical cobweb-covered wine tasting room
- Wine tasting of world-renowned wines
- Views toward Table Mountain
- Mountain biking
Things to do or see
- Wine tasting
- Wine and Fynbos Cupcake pairing
- Breakfast and lunch in the Garden Restaurant
- Several outdoor activities are available in the area, such as hiking and mountain biking, as well as walking through the historic university town of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Delheim Wine Estate presents itself as a romantic, getaway from the hustle and bustle of other vineyards.
Several annual public events, including a mini Jazz Fest.
Contact Wine Estate
Contact Garden Restaurant
09:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Sunday and Public Holidays
Closed on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day