growing area

Simonsberg, Stellenbosch


"The life of everyone on the estate is as interwoven as the soil and the vines are interconnected. The aim has always been to promote a strong culture of sustainable development on the estate and in the community that grows and works together here - in the spirit of a family-run company .
In everything we do, we strive for
longevity and sustainability ."

Cultivation Info

Size: 36 ha
Floors: decomposed granite
Altitude: 320m - 480m above sea level NN
Annual precipitation: 900mm

Planted exclusively with white grape varieties, mainly Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and White Riesling. With the exception of a vineyard (3 ha) with high density Chardonnay, Delheim is not irrigated. Divided by an old river bed, two different exposures are created, namely a warmer north-west slope (full-bodied, fruity) and a cooler south-west slope (slender, elegant).

Vera Cruz:
Size: 85 ha
Floors: decomposed granite, heavily weathered
Altitude: 190m - 350m above sea level NN
Annual precipitation: 650mm

Red grape varieties (74 ha) are mainly cultivated here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz, while the white varieties (11 ha) are Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. About 50% of the vineyards are equipped with drip irrigation, the other half is cultivated without irrigation. Vera Cruz is also on a cooler south-west slope and, along with the other characteristics, is ideal for growing quality red vines.

Winemakers & team

Cellar master: Roelof Lotriet
Winemaker: Nongcebo Langa
Directors: Nora Thiel & Victor Sperling

The team strives to nurture the rich legacy of the Sperling family and combine it with a fresh and vibrant approach to ensure sustainability in today's world.

From lemons to wine

The piece of land, first registered in 1699 and formerly used as a farm , got its name in 1938 from its German owner, Hans Otto Hoheisen. There is a beautiful, romantic story behind it, because Hans bought the farm for himself and his wife Deli so that he could retire comfortably in old age: DELHEIM = Deli's home. ♥

Actually, mainly citrus fruits should grow here, but it was far too windy for that. Friends gave Hans the idea to try wine... and times really weren't easy! Due to a lack of resources due to the war, Hans Otto even used beer bottles to fill his wines!

While Hans Otto himself thought his wine with the initials HOH stood for
" Hell Of a Hangover! ", his first creations were nevertheless well received, at least in the circle of friends.

Then, in 1951, Hans Otto's nephew, Michael Sperling (but mainly called " Spatz "), came from Germany to the still young winery in 1951, quite penniless and without prospects, to lend a hand. With no prior knowledge of viticulture, his first white wine earned him the name " Spatzendreck ". According to the motto - Now more than ever! - Michael created a suitable label for his wine and... it became a bestseller !

Driven by ambition and following the principle of trial and error, Michael managed to make a name for himself over the next few years and won prestigious prizes in the wine world with his wines. But that's not all: Michael "Spatz" Sperling founded the first Stellenbosch Wine Route in 1971 (together with the wine estates Simonsig and Spier), which today includes over 200 wineries!

  • Ikonisches Flaschen-Label vom Dessertwein "Delheim Spatzendreck"

    Iconic logo of the "Spatzendreck" - today the popular dessert wine

  • Eingang vom Weingut Delheim mitten in den Weinbergen von Stellenbosch

    Fancy some wine? This way!

  • Portrait von Kellermeister und Winzerin vom Weingut Delheim

    Cellar master Roelof Lotriet and winemaker Nongcebo Langa

Wines from Delheim Wines

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