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Delheim Wine Estate – Worth the journey

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

Winemaker

Nongcebo Langa

Cellarmaster

Roelof Lotriet

Owner

 Sperling Family 

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

Outdoors

  • 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.

Side-tracks

Delheim Wine Estate presents itself as a romantic, getaway from the hustle and bustle of other vineyards.

Events

Several annual public events, including a mini Jazz Fest.

Contact Wine Estate

website: Delheim
Contact: Enquiries
Tel: +27 21 888 4600

Contact Garden Restaurant

website: Delheim
Contact: Enquiries
Tel: +27 21 888 4607

Social Media

Facebook: Delheim
Instagram: Delheim
Twitter: Delheim

Wine tasting

Opening hours: 

09:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Sunday and Public Holidays

Closed on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day

More vineyards on the Stellenbosch wine route

Stellenbosch Wine Route

Jacques Fouche

Jacques has been a keen travel junkie, for as long as he can remember. Having spent his childhood in Namibia, Limpopo province in South Africa (near the Kruger National Park ) and KZN in South Africa and later Cape Town, always been surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. Qualifying as a safari guide in 1996, Jacques guided over virtually all possible natural eco systems and travelled over hundreds of thousands of kilometers, through all the southern African countries. Later he spent 8 years living and working in Austria, mixing cultural, city and natural scenic travels all across Europe.

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