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There have been many revolutions around the world over the course of history, and there will continue to be so, for as long as humanity questions, challenges, and, ultimately, changes accepted customs in the name of progress and improvement.

In 1971, a peaceful revolution happened in Stellenbosch, but its echoes are still heard today, loud and clear.

Michael Hans “Spatz” Sperling, a German immigrant who arrived in South Africa in 1951, spent 19 years establishing himself as a serious winemaker with the creation of the Delheim Estate. With no formal wine training or knowledge, and with a limited experience of agriculture, he had no intention of letting these minor details obstruct the journey he, and the region, was about to take – the revolution that united the individual Stellenbosch wine estates to create not just a world-famous wine tourism attraction, but a powerful unifying representation of the producers.

Joined by two friends, Frans Malan of Simonsig and Niel Joubert of Spier, Sperling created the pioneering Stellenbosch Wine Route. Small acorns have grown into mighty oaks over the past 45 years, and now Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the Ground Zero of the South African Wine Industry, has matured and evolved from the three founding members, to now boast a closely networked membership of more than 150. From this blueprint, South Africa has now spawned no fewer than 23 Wine Routes, covering nearly every wine growing region in the country.

There have been subtle changes at Delheim over the past couple of years, from block to bottle, through packaging, label design, and to the overall visitor experience. These changes have already yielded rewards, and the brand is stronger than ever.

One aspect of Delheim that can, and will, never change, is the serene location. Delheim isn’t somewhere you “drop in” if you’re passing the door en route to elsewhere. Tucked into a valley on the western slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, less than 5km north of Stellenbosch, it is a destination in itself. Visitors make the conscious decision to come to Delheim, where they choose to while away an afternoon.

Primarily, Delheim is all about the wine. An atmospheric “Downstairs Cellar” tasting room, the birthplace of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, is virtually unchanged from 1971, offering cool respite from the summer heat, and warm sanctuary from the winter cold and wet. Look around you, and history is here. Tantalising displays of rare vintages and wines from the origins of Delheim stand neck-by-neck with the current vintages.

Renewed focus in the cellar has produced one single range of wines, removing buyer’s confusion and concentrating on quality, from the fragrant and fruity white wines, through the delicious berry-rich Pinotage Rosé and onward to the full-bodied reds and the range-topping Vera Cruz Pinotage and Shiraz. The ever-popular dessert wines, for which Delheim is famous, are also still in evidence, the legendary Spatzendreck being available exclusively from the cellar.

 An innovative, popular feature at Delheim is the “cupcake and wine” pairing – a selection of freshly baked cupcakes, paired brilliantly with a selection of wines. As the cupcakes are baked to order, you must book in advance.

The Garden Restaurant spills out across sheltered terraces in summer, but is fully enclosed and cosy in winter. Traditional lunch menu items are imaginatively re-created with due consideration to the wines in the Delheim Range. Breakfasts are also catered for, to impress the most battle-hardened client for those early morning meetings. Be warned, the restaurant is popular, especially on weekends and holidays, so you are well-advised to book.

In summer (again, you must book in advance) you could sample a gourmet picnic – lay out your blanket on the lawns under the towering oak trees, to the sound of birdlife and the trickling Klip River, open the wicker picnic hamper and enjoy a leisurely feast, accompanied by a bottle of Delheim wine.

With the forested slopes of Simonsberg Mountain on three sides, and a view directly down the valley to the distant Table Mountain, the visitor is treated to a secluded and idyllic setting, and the need to linger and soak in the tranquil surroundings is irresistible.

Delheim continues on its exciting and ground-breaking journey, and has become a microcosm of the Stellenbosch Wine Route: its history, its present and its future. For them, and for you, Delheim is certainly worth the journey.


T: +27 (0)21 888 4600


Knorhoek Road (off the R44)



Mon – Sun (and public holidays): 0900 – 1700

Closed: New Year’s Day; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Christmas Day


Tel: +27 (0)21 888 4607

Closed: New Year’s Day; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Christmas Day

Kitchen closes at 1530