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About Deetlefs

A maiden voyage from Europe on 3 October 1752 was the start of a legacy and set in motion the story of the 2nd oldest wine estate in South Africa owned by the same family. Each of the seven generations contributed in their own unique way since 1822.

“A golden thread runs through our history, reflecting a boldly individual approach, a strong set of values and a long-term focus. Since 1994 there was more focus on the international markets and today more than 80% of our wines are exported. Currently it is my responsibility to create more opportunities for generations to come and to tell the story.” – Kobus Deetlefs

The second oldest family owned wine estate in South Africa, Deetlefs is steeped in seven generations of history since 1822.

Awards & Accolades


"Thanks to a dynamic team in tandem with various long-term business partners we can look back at numerous successes in various fields."
- Kobus Deetlefs

1966 – The farm won the trophy for “The Best Specialized Farming Practices”.

2012 –  Pinotage vineyard block – winner of the Winetech / Vinpro vineyard block competition

2015 – Chenin Blanc vineyard block – winner of the Vinpro vineyard block competition

1976 – For the first time ever in the South African industry, a fortified Hanepoot wine won the Champion Young Wine Competition and Philip Deetlefs was nominated Winemaker of the Year

1979 – The Hanepoot received Superieur seal (only 4% of all wines)

2006  – Deetlefs was awarded the CEO Trophy for the top Winery in South Arica for 2006 / 2007 by the South African Airways

2007 – Deetlefs is the sole wine supplier on all business class and international flights for Nationwide Airlines

2011 – Deetlefs sole wine supplier on the launch flight of the Lufthansa A380 “Johannesburg” in South Africa

2015 – Breedekloof/Worcester Winemaker of the year

2016 – Deetlefs Chenin Blanc 2015 receives the “Best South African wine of the Year” at the China Wine & Spirits awards

2017 – Deetlefs was awarded the Sémillon category winner at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show for our Deetlefs Familie Sémillon 2014

2002 – Old Mutual Business of the Year

2002 – Portnet Exporter of the Year

2010 – Fairtrade accreditation (only registered Wine Estate in South Africa with accreditation)

Top Wine Laboratory in South Africa (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)

Significant growth in existing markets

Our History

Each of the seven generations contributed in their own unique way since 1822. A golden thread runs through our history, reflecting a boldly individual approach, a strong set of values and a long-term focus.

Since 1994 there were more focus on the international markets and today more than 85% of our wines are exported. Currently it is my responsibility to create more opportunities for generations to come and to tell the story.
-Kobus Deetlefs

The Estate

As the farm and vineyards bear the indelible mark of 7 generations, the family has been shaped by the land. 

Exciting, authentic, adventurous and different.

The Breedekloof’s surrounding majestic mountains, unsurpassed location, climate, rivers and varied geology all add to a unique winemaking experience.

This valley of slow-ripening vines has one of the purist water sources in South Africa, cold winters and low humidity which minimizes the use of chemicals, a late bud burst, and a long ripening period. All these factors contribute to great flavor development in grapes and award winning wines.

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