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Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate
Wellington, South Africa.

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Hotel Introduction

Diemersfontein is known for its beauty, informal elegance, and grace - an idyllic wine estate only 45 minutes drive from Cape Town and is situated near the Cape's famous Wine Routes.

We warmly invite you to share with us the tranquil spirit of Diemersfontein - whether you are conferencing here, marrying here, staying for a few days of leisure (or even permanently) - or taking some of it home in a bottle!

Diemersfontein has belonged to the Sonnenberg family since the early 1940s, when David’s grandfather, Max, bought the 183 hectare farm, which lies in the shadow of the majestic Hawekwa Mountains with a panoramic view of both Du Toit’s Kloof and Bains’ Kloof.

Visitors to South Africa's Western Cape will discover a warm welcome and a tranquil and gracious setting at Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate. Be our guests and stay a while in our guest house accommodation set against a backdrop of some of the most dramatic views in the Cape winelands.

Hotel Facilities

Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate has 30 en suite bedrooms with several other rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Set around the magnificent manor house gardens, or in one of our three estate cottages – Blue Gum, Hanepoot and Tulani – each with their own fireplace, kitchenette and verandah, overlooking the vineyards and farm dam.

All rooms and cottages are furnished in a comfortable country style and are ideal for those preferring privacy and independence. There is an option of single or double/twin beds throughout. Guests are welcome to enjoy the facilities available at this wonderful third generation family estate.

Guests can now make use of the Tulani Wine Bar, where in a relaxed atmosphere, they can enjoy a sundowner, a post-dinner port, read the newspaper, or watch television.

From leisurely lazing around the swimming pool, to horse riding, mountain trails and walks or wine tastings, you are ensured of an enjoyable and relaxing time at Diemersfontein.

Keen golfers will be reassured that there are eight courses within half an hour’s drive. Nearby facilities for visitors include neighbouring farms on the Wellington Wine Route, a sunset game drive, a beauty/spa facility, cheese and olive sampling and buying, golf courses and other attractions. The popular towns of Franschoek, Tulbagh, Paarl and Stellenbosch are within 30/40 minutes drive. Diemersfontein serves as an ideal base for exploring the attractions of the Winelands.

Restaurant: Seasons at Diemersfontein, is a bright fresh contemporary restaurant set in the heart of the Wellington winelands.

Seasons offers panoramic views over the farm dam and horse paddocks across to surrounding mountain ranges and Paarl Rock. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Seasons' menu offers a variety of dishes using fresh, local and seasonal produce. Our Chef has put together a breakfast/brunch menu that is both original and delicious and another great reason for visiting Wellington in the winelands.

Our Head Chef, Johan van Schalkwyk
whose early work experience at a chateau in Normandy, France awoke him to the delights of creating dishes with whatever ingredients were available in the chateau gardens and surrounding farms, is excited by the prospect of tapping into whatever the fertile Wellington valley and the Manor House gardens at Diemersfontein can offer up for his culinary pots.

Johan, who spent the last two and half years as Head Chef at River Café, Constantia Uitsig, takes up the challenge of building Seasons into a popular winelands restaurant, with a 'holistic' approach that instils a level of service that matches up to international standards, and at the same time offers a great eating experience…great food, fine wine, spectacular surroundings and a warm and friendly welcome.

Johan's own personal best is a long, lazy lunch, preferably al fresco, and the vital ingredients - good company, great wine (Bordeaux blend) and delicious, home cooked fare.

Gourmet picnics and food and wine pairing can also be arranged through Seasons Restaurant.

Wine Interest & Activities

We started with our own cellar in 2001. We are proud to be amongst the several cellars in Wellington that are making waves in the wine industry. Our commitment is to "Wine of Origin - Wellington". We grow approximately 70% of our grapes on our own Estate on soils that have been described as within "the top 5% soil quality in the land". The remainder of the grapes comes from other Wellington vineyards.

Flagship Range: Our Flagship Range known as Carpe Diem, also made in our maiden year, reflects rigorous vineyard selection methods, harvested under conditions of optimal balance between chemical and physiological parameters. In the cellar it has longer maceration periods, and the wine is produced from mostly free-run juice. It is matured in new French and American oak barrels for a minimum period of 15 months. These wines have achieved significant success in both South African and International markets and are admired for their additional elegance and fruit intensity.

The first Cabernet Sauvignon (2001) won a Gold at the International Wine Challenge, while the 2003 vintage won the Trophy for the Best Cabernet Sauvignon at the Fairbairn capital wine Show in 2005. The Pinotage won the best Pinotage two years' running at the Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show and the 2003 Carpe Diem Pinotage was awarded a place in the ABSA Top Ten in 2005 as well as taking the SA Red Trophy at the International Wine Challenge

The 2004 vintage saw the launch of Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Viognier – our first white wine.

Premium Range: Our premium range, with the distinctive black and cream label, was launched in the year 2001 with four varietal wines - Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot and Shiraz. We are happy to say that almost immediately our special quality was recognised, and our Pinotage was awarded a coveted place in the ABSA Top Ten Pinotage competition of that year. Our aim is to produce intense and well-balanced wine of substantial complexity with the potential to age well, whilst readily drinkable when young (wood matured between six and nine months). It is our ‘coffee/chocolate’ Pinotage (the original) in this range that has made Diemersfontein so many friends.

Blends: The 2003 vintage marked the launch of our two first blends - "Summer's Lease" - a Shiraz based blend with Mourvedre and Pinotage, and "Heaven's Eye" - a Bordeaux type blend. These blends started their journey with Silver Awards from the 2004 International Wine Challenge, and four stars in the Platter Guide.

In 2005 Diemersfontein Wines was awarded 'Most Successful Producer' at the Fairbairn Capital (now Old Mutual) Trophy Wine Show.

Wine tasting Open 10.00 to 17.00 seven days a week
R15/person (minimum 6 people). Cellar Tours by appointment.

Winemakers: Francois Roode and Brett Rightford assisted by Klaas Windvogel and Anna Pietersen, make up the team responsible for making the wines at Diemersfontein.

Francois was born and raised on the edge of the Namibian desert, so when moving to Cape Town the lush Cape winelands stole his heart. Studying viticulture at Elsenburg established a firm grounding, but “it was the wine that I felt myself drawn to”, explains Francois. Starting out at Perdeberg Cellars with the emphasis on technical logistics, Francois moved to Diemersfontein in 2003 where he was able to take on the more creative side of winemaking. “Having control over vineyards and being able to make wine in smaller quantities allows us the freedom to experiment”, comments Francois.

Brett on the other hand was brought up in Cape Town, attended Rondebosch Boys High and qualified as a horticulturist at Cape Technikon. “ While working in Wellington (the largest nursery for vines in South Africa) as a horticulturist, I developed an affinity for vines and met my wife to be. Having an adventurous spirit, it was a natural step to take on the challenges of winemaking,” explains Brett. He went on to work at Jordan Winery where he developed a feeling for both the technical and artistic aspects of winemaking. Realizing that he needed a deeper knowledge of all things vinous, Brett went back to study under Loftie Ellis at Elsenburg. While studying I was fortunate to make wine on the Groenberg area in Wellington, which allowed me to gain a feeling for the area and the fantastic potential that is locked-up in its soils, people and vineyards!

Making reference to the fact that both Francois and Brett fall under the Gemini sign astronomically, they are referred to as ‘the twins’ by the rest of the Diemersfontein staff.


Approached from Cape Town, the most pleasing route is as follows: Take N1 north until you reach Exit 47, the R44, which you follow in the direction of Wellington for 28 kms. Do not turn off this road. Keep on the R44 until you come to a T-Junction - the sign will indicate Wellington to the left and Paarl (R301) to the right. Turn right and drive downhill for approximately 1 km. You will see the signs to Diemersfontein on your left.

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Diemersfontein Estate
Wellington, South Africa

Rooms: 30
Restaurant: Yes
Swimming Pool: Yes
Vineyards: Yes
Winery: Yes
Wine Tours: Yes

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Hotel Information
Rates include breakfast and taxes.
The hotel works with main credit cards (Visa, American Express, MasterCard).

Check-In and Check Out Time:
Check-In: 15 hs.
Check-Out: 12 hs.

Reservation Policy:
The hotel requires a valid credit card has guaranteed. No charges are made.

Cancellation Policy:
Any cancellation of reservation made 72 hours prior to arrival has no penalty. (Except high season and long weekends on request).
Cancellations made after this time will be charged one night has penalty.
No Shows: 100% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged to the credit card.

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