The Sonnenberg family has owned the farm since the early 1940s. In 1970, the first vines were planted. In the year 2000 the Diemersfontein Winery was built. In 2001, the first vintage of the world-famous Diemersfontein Pinotage was harvested. The chocolate and coffee notes typical of this wine triggered a trend in the Cape that continues to this day. So-called Chocolate Pinotages or Coffee Pinotages can be found in the assortment of many wineries today. The Java Pinotage from Van Loveren or the Barista Pinotage from the Val de Vie winery are just two of many examples. The most famous wine of all, however, is the original, the Diemersfontein Pinotage.
In addition to the dominant grape variety Pinotage , the Diemersfontein winery also grows other grape varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Barbera, Roobernet and Mourvèdre. The Diemersfontein winery regularly wins awards for its wines, such as Platter's Wine Guide, Michelangelo International Wine Awards and Mundus Vini.
Address:R301, Jan Van Riebeeck Dve, Newtown, Wellington, 7655, South Africa.
Max & Moritz Favourite wine:Diemersfontein Pinotage
Tasting Room:daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. clock
WinemakerFrancois Roode and Brett Rightford
Francois Roode began his journey in the wine industry when he made his first harvest at Perdeberg in 2001. He then completed a two-year degree at Elsenburg. In 2003, he got the opportunity to work as an assistant winemaker at Diemersfontein Winery. He immediately fell in love with this region and its special terroir.
Francois lives in Wellington with his wife Elrine and daughter Sophia. Francois Roode loves nature. When he is not in the wine cellar, he spends his time fishing. Francois has been at Diemersfontein for more than 10 years now and creates, among other things, the world-famous Diemersfontein Pinotage. The grape variety Pinotage is very close to his heart, especially as it is a unique South African variety. Rhône blends, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc are also among his favourites.