The Delavia Story

The Helderberg Mountain range, Stellenbosch

Nestled on the steep slopes of the Helderberg Mountain range on the top of the golden triangle in Stellenbosch, Delavia Wine Estate boasts breath-taking views overlooking the Cape Peninsula. This region of the Cape is known for mineral rich soils that produce some of the Cape Winelands best quality wines.

Here the Viljoen family produces a range of acclaimed boutique style wines that reflect Delavia’s unique Cape heritage. From cultivation of the vines to the hand picking of the grapes and the final process of the winemaking, this is a true labour of love. 

The foundation for our success was established in 2009. Delavia Wine Estate is located in the internationally acclaimed wine region of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The 25-hectare property has 20 hectares under vine surrounded with pristine indigenous Fynbos flora.

Delavia wine estate was first a citrus farm in the 1980’s owned by Simon Barlow. Simon Barlow broke the soil and planted the vines 500 meters above sea level in 1989. By 2001 he expanded his crops to the lower parts of the estate at 300 meters above sea level. 

The cultivars from the farm include Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Merwe Viljoen

Merwe Viljoen, the owner of Delavia Wine Estate is a well know player in the financial industry. Not only does he stand out to be a successful businessman but he is also a philanthropist and family man. He takes pride in any challenge that comes his way. 

Merwe Viljoen is a member of the Winelands Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization since 2011.  It was Merwe’s ambition to establish an elegant boutique wine that reflects old world traditions with new world style.  The name Delavia is originated from Merwe’s two children, Olivia Viljoen and Delano Viljoen. With the first 4 letters of his son’s name and last 3 letters of his daughter’s name he created a unique name for his wines and estate, Delavia. Merwe is married to Elaine Viljoen; they work together to establish the best for Delavia. Merwe’s wife Elaine Viljoen with her high qualifications in marketing and events assists with the marketing of Delavia and any events that comes their way. Working with some of the best with Rocco de Villiers as their wine maker, Francois Hanekom as their viticulturist and Armien Hendriks who runs the farm.

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