Dieu Donné – ‘A Gift from God’
Dieu Donné Vineyards was acquired by the French-Mauritian, Robert Maingard in 1987 in search of his French roots in South Africa.
The Farm is situated high on the steep south-west facing slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, which tempers the sun. This cooling effect ensure slow ripening of our grapes. Thanks to our cool summer conditions and unique soils from weathered granite with a rocky topsoil, called ‘Greywack’, the vines do not show excessive vigour, nor do they over-produce. These special soils do not get irrigated, further concentrating the flavours and characters of Dieu Donné’s terroir in the grapes. These exceptional conditions give Dieu Donné their special character.
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc has been made for quite some time now and more recently Dieu Donné started producing a Méthode Cap Classique and Viognier. Merlot is the Flagship wine of the cellar.
Dieu Donné’s wine-maker, Stephan du Toit, is one of the few South-African wine-makers with the distinction of being a Cape Wine Master. He is a graduate of Elsenburg Agricultural College. Stephan is a man for the outdoors and loves adventure sports.
The view from Dieu Donné is well-known among those who wish to identify the famous landmarks of Franschhoek, watch the sun setting over the Simonsberg Mountains or just love enjoying a glass of wine at this scenic spot.