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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Wellington, South Africa
Swimming Pool: Yes
Wine Tours: Yes