Delheim, its slogan “Worth the Journey”, has always been one of our favorite wine estates over the years and it was good to return this last trip. It has excellent wine and is in a lovely setting, with views of the vineyards and right up to the Simonsberg mountains. Vines are clearly labeled right next to the car park to give people an idea of the grape types. It’s at the end of a road, past Muratie Estate, so it doesn’t seem to get quite as busy (as Spier or Fairview, for example). This is one of the original Stellenbosch wine route estates. In April 1971, the Stellenbosch Wine Route was founded
Delheim today is owned and run by Spatz Sperling, his wife Vera, and a large Sperling clan. Delheim is a large complex of lovely rambling old buildings, nowadays connected with brick paving, softened with many trees and greenery. Here too is a small kids play structure.
The tasting takes place in an old-looking cellar, with people sitting at individual tables and benches mostly, and the servers/hosts bringing the wines to taste. They are knowledgeable, and do a great job of talking about the wines in a quiet, low-key way. Wine tasting is R25 for any 6 wines and juice is available for kids. We enjoyed the wines, as always, as well as pottering around in the shop.
There’s a great garden restaurant here as well---on a clear day there is a view all the way to Table Mountain in the distance. It serves breakfast, lunch and snacks, with a variety of dishes, from cheese platters, to traditional German or South Africa fare.
Delheim is on Knorhoek Road, a little north of Stellenbosch on the main road to Paarl.
Open daily 9am-5pm, except New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Christmas Day.
For more information see www.delheim.com (English, but German available).
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