Solms Delta is an old farm, dating back to 1690, with 23ha of vines planted at the Paarl end of the Franschhoek Valley by owner (and renowned neuroscientist), Professor Mark Solms. The first wines were produced from the 2004 harvest. At Solms-Delta they celebrate what it means to be South African.

The food, the people, the music and, of course, the wine, telling the stories of where they come from and sharing ownership and profi ts equally with their workers. They bring a sense of pride, belonging and ownership to those who have, for generations, called their historic farm home.

Recent changes in management, the introduction of Rosa Kruger as consultant viticulturist, plus the arrival of two young and talented winemakers in Hagen Viljoen and Joan Heatlie have given the farm a greater focus. The cellar is full of exciting new wines which are set to emerge over the next couple of years. The wine names are all Afrikaans and, just like the wines and the labels, express the unique identity that one associates with the history and culture of the Cape.

Langarm, or ‘straight-arm’, is a dance style that captures the mood of the Cape at the end of the working week and often performed to ‘Boeremusiek’ (farmers’ music). It is danced with arms outstretched, like demented surfers. Dismissed as strange and comical by all outsiders, the wine is better appreciated.