The founder of Delheim, Hans Otto Hoheisen, already knew that behind every successful man there is a strong woman.
Delheim Winery - A "Spatz" (sparrow) soars to new heights
So Hans Otto Hoheisen renamed his farm "De Drie Sprong" in honour of his wife Deli - Delheim (Deli's home) was born. Recent history is closely linked to the winemaker icon Michael Hans "Spatz" Sperling.
From Lake Constance to Stellenbosch
In 1951 he came from Tettnang on Lake Constance to the estate in Stellenbosch, which was managed by his uncle Hans and his aunt Deli. Young, penniless but with the vision to make a name for himself in viticulture. When a friend of his said on a Sunday afternoon over sauerkraut, "Sparrow, that's really dirty", his ambition was finally awakened. As a result, he turned the quality screw, gave the white wine the name "Spatzendreck" (sparrow's dirt) and gave it the ironic and world-famous label. Although, or perhaps because, the renowned Decanter then awarded him the "worst label of the year" prize, the wine became a sales hit.
Awards about awards for Delheim Wines
In the meantime, Spatz and his Delheim vineyard are on a real high flyer and can enjoy far more prestigious awards. As winner of the 1659 Medal of Honour, South Africa's highest wine award, he is in the best of company with Nelson Mandela or the former KWV legend André du Toit. The day-to-day running of the business has now passed to the next generation around Nora and Victor. The family is particularly proud of their Pinotage Rosé - an absolute must for rosé lovers and voted the best rosé wine in South Africa by Weinwirtschaft magazine in 2012.
The grape varieties
The Delheim winery grows the following grape varieties, among others:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Chenin Blanc
More information about Delheim Wines
|Company Name:||Delheim Wines (Pty) Ltd|
|Street:||Knorhoek Road (off the R44)|
|Contact & Web|
|Telephone:||+27 (0) 21 888 4600|
|Fax:||+27 (0) 21 888 4601|
|Year of Incorporation:||1938|
|Managing Director:||Victor Sperling, Nora Sperling-Thiel|