Delheim - A sparrow is about to take off
The founder of Delheim, Hans Otto Hoheisen, already knew that behind every successful man there is a strong woman. So he renamed his farm "De Drie Sprong" in honour of his wife Deli - Delheim (Deli's home) was born. The recent history is closely connected with the wine producer icon Michael Hans "Spatz" Sperling.
In 1951 he came from Tettnang on Lake Constance to the property in Stellenbosch, managed by his uncle Hans and his aunt Deli. Young, penniless but with the vision of making a name for oneself in viticulture. When one of his girlfriends on a cosy Sunday afternoon at Sauerkraut judged his latest wine creation:"Sparrow, that's really filthy now" his ambition was finally awakened. Subsequently, he turned the quality screw, gave the white wine the name "sparrow droppings" and equipped it with the ironic and world-famous label. Although or because the renowned decanter gave him the award "worst label of the year", the wine became a sales hit.
In the meantime, Spatz and his Delheim winery have reached a veritable heights and can enjoy far more prestigious awards. Carrier of the 1659 Medal of Honour, South Africa's highest wine award, he is in good company with Nelson Mandela or the former KWV legend André du Toit. The day-to-day business has now been transferred to the next generation around Nora and Victor. The family is particularly proud of its Pinotage Rosé - an absolute must-have for rosé lovers and 2012 selected by the magazine Weinwirtschaft as the best rosé wine in South Africa.
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|