Diemersfontein celebrates 21st vintage with limited edition wine


DIEMERSFONTEIN WINES has come of age, this year marking its 21st vintage and more than two decades of iconic excellence in wine. To commemorate the event, the estate prepared a limited-edition wine that sold out within just two months of release.

The birthday wine is a Shiraz-dominant blend called TWENTYONE and is exclusively available from Diemersfontein’s tasting room, PROE deli and online store. The winery has decided, however, to bottle an additional number of this limited edition wine. It is anticipated to be available mid-September 2021. Be alerted to this second release date when you follow Diemersfontein on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“It has been quite a journey,” declares David Sonnenberg, who launched the enterprise with his wife, Susan, on their return from London in 2000. “The coming-of-age occasion allows us to consider how Diemersfontein has matured into early adulthood; how it began with its endowments of  special soils and, how it now hopefully reflects an authentic representation of our collective value systems as its custodians over the last few generations.”

For three generations the Sonnenberg family has created Diemersfontein moments on this estate in Wellington. What began as a family retreat, is today the home of the world-class Diemersfontein and Thokozani ranges of wines and country hospitality, backed by a story of upliftment and empowerment.

David is quick to point out that Diemersfontein’s identity is very much linked to people and their personal development. “It has been a talented team that shaped Diemersfontein’s  evolution in wine,” he says. 

The first winemaker, Bertus Fourie was here for five years. It was his innovation that created the Coffee Chocolate Pinotage. He was followed by Brett Rightford, whose white wines excelled during his five-year tenure. In the early 2000s, current cellarmaster, Francois Roode, came on board, tending the wines to maturity. 

Francois is joined in the cellar by Lauren Hulsman, whose first attempt at “flying solo” saw her Thokozani Cabernet Franc take top honours in its category at the 2021 National Wine Challenge/Top 100 SA Wines.

“Diemersfontein brand has been hard work, but we’ve had great fun in creating it – I am so proud of it and its people,” says David. “Now, it’s time to start looking at its future.”

The limited-edition Diemersfontein TWENTYONE is available for R60/bottle and the Diemersfontein Pinotage, R99/bottle. While both are available from the estate, the Pinotage is available together with the rest of the Diemersfontein and Thokozani portfolio, at leading retailers around the country.

Place orders with the online store and have wine delivered to your door. The tasting room is open every day, from 10am to 5pm. Among Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate’s other offerings are the family-friendly PROE deli; guesthouse with 30 en-suite rooms; and, conference and wedding venue. Find it off Jan van Riebeeck Drive (R301). For more information, call 021 864 5050, email to [email protected], click here, or make contact via @diemersfontein on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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