Delheim’s Cellar, situated in the Simonsberg ward in Stellenbosch, is family owned and produces a wide range of Internationally acclaimed wines. Wine matters for the Sperling family at Delheim because its rich heritage brings people from across the world together’. Delheim was one of the founders of the wine route when tourists cars were counted in by staff putting stones in a bucket. They Established themselves as a successful winery back then, and today thousands of visitors flock there annually.
“Marveling at the vineyards set against the backdrop of the great Simonsberg mountain, emerging into the bricked courtyard with its ancient oak trees and enchanting ivy-covered buildings, spotting Sperling family members flanked by the ever-present tribe of Jack Russells, receiving a warm and friendly family welcome, ensconcing yourself in the Downstairs tasting cellar to sample delicious wines, and lazing the afternoon away over lunch on the garden terraces with spectacular views clear across to Table Mountain; these are the things that a visitor to Delheim remembers and what makes it truly worth the journey.” – Wine.co.za
Over the years, Delheim became a microcosm of Spatz’s visionary work in the greater Stellenbosch community and the Cape winelands as a whole.
The indomitable Spatz was the unwitting pioneer of public wine tasting events personally hosted by winemakers outside the winelands. In 1962 he embarked upon his first ‘tasting tour’, ferrying himself and his wines by car, train and plane to East London, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, the first producer to do so.
The ultimate wine industry recognition of Michael ‘Spatz’ Sperling’s extraordinary contribution to Cape wine came in 2009, the year in which the industry celebrated 350 years of winemaking. He was one the pioneers honoured with the 350 Celebration Scroll. He was recentlyhonored as the institute of Cape WIne Masters WIne Personality of the year. “His mentorship has benefited both top South African winemakers and his family, who have added their creative energy to this successful multi-faceted venture” – Platters