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
Diemersfontein is a third-generation family wine estate that holds
tradition and authenticity close to its heart. Surrounded by panoramic
mountain ranges, the estate offers visitors the opportunity to
experience many aspects of life on a wine farm.
The wine farm has accommodation in a beautiful manor house.
Diemersfontein started with its own cellar in 2001 and is now proud to
be amongst the several cellars in Wellington that are making waves in
the wine industry. Approximately 70% of the winery’s grapes are grown on
its own Estate, land that has been described as within "the top 5% soil
quality in the land". The remainder of the grapes comes from other
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.
• Premiun 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.
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.
Situated on the Wellington
Wine Route, in the beautiful Cape winelands and just 45 minutes from
Cape Town, Diemersfontein is a third-generation family wine estate that
holds tradition and authenticity close to its heart. Surrounded by
panoramic mountain ranges, the estate offers visitors the opportunity to
experience many aspects of life on a wine farm, including:
daily from 10h00 - 17h00. seven days a week.
overlooking the farm dam and paddocks offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
and a delicious 'side attraction' menu for snacks in between meal times.
(see Seasons Restaurant).
in either our en suite garden rooms overlooking the gracious gardens and
swimming pool, or in one of our cottages in the vineyard or amongst the
R150 for two excluding wine can be arranged through Seasons and enjoyed
at one of our shady, peaceful, picnic spots.
for in-house guests through the Wellington winelands or hiking in the
Limietberg can be arranged through Diemersfontein.
through vineyards and fynbos foothills from 1 hour to 3 day trails can
be arranged through Diemersfontein or Fynbos Trails .
Vineyard Tractor rides
Min. 6 people. Glass of wine included R35 per person Booking essential.
in the vineyards is a unique feature at Diemersfontein and Martin
McLaughlin our property consultant, is more than happy to show visitors