Diemersfontein is already in the third generation owned and managed by the Sonnenberg family. Founded by the Hanseatic Captain Diemer Diemersfontein was originally a fruit farm since the 18th century, which was acquired in 1943 by the South African entrepreneur and politician Max Sonnenberg, who was also the founder of Woolworth South Africa. In the 70's his son Richard started cultivating vines and in the year 2000 his grandson David Sonnenberg built his first wine cellar and began producing high quality estate wines.
Diemersfontein is located in Wellington, about one hour from Cape Town, in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. This area has been awarded in an international competition as "best terroir" for Pinotage, Chenin and Malbec.
Diemersfontein has a cozy tasting room with a terrace that offers a beautiful view over the valley and the mountains. In the recently opened restaurant Aan Tafel ('at the table') you can enjoy fresh, local cuisine together with the appropriate Diemersfontein wines. There are stylish accommodation options in 30 rooms and three self-catering cottages. Diemersfontein also offers conference and function rooms.
With the first Diemersfontein Pinotage 2001 Diemersfontein wrote South African wine history. With characteristic coffee and chocolate flavor, the Diemersfontein Pinotage prototype and the original Pinotages in the 'Barrista' style. A veritable cult has developed around this wine and every year, Pinotage on Tap celebrates a festival in which the new vintage is served out of barrels and suitable side dishes, such Toffifee or chocolate fondue are served. There's a lot of mood and live music. The festivals take place on Diemersfontein in Wellington, in Ballito near Durban, in Gauteng and in Clarens, about 300 km south of Johannesburg on the northern border of Lesotho.
Like his grandfather, David Sonnenberg has dedicated himself to social and cultural tasks. The employees of Diemersfontein make their own wines on their own account under the label, Thokozani ', which means celebrations in the Zulu language. Also, David and his wife Sue are big supporters of classic South African music, helping young musicians and opera singers with performances and sponsoring their trips to Europe. With their help, the South African opera singer Pretty Yende in Paris performs the Violetta Valéry in 'La Traviata'. A pre-school for the black and white children from Wellington was also set up on the grounds of Diemersfontein to provide a little extra to improve the starting conditions for the children in the education system.
Diemersfontein is a vibrand and lively winery and definitely worth a visit.
David Sonnenberg and his Winemaker Francois Roode