5 x 2006 Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc (750ml) - Platter 4* and Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2007 Gold
6 x 2007 Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc (750ml) - Platter 4*
4 x 2008 Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc (750ml) - Platter 4*
6 x 2009 Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc (750ml) - Platter 4*
2 x 2010 Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc (750ml) - Platter 4*
3 x 2011 Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml) - Platter 5*
5 x 2014 Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml) - Tim Atkin 94/100 and Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 Gold
1 x 2014 Cederberg Shiraz (750ml) - Tim Atkin 95/100 and Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 Platinum
Six generations ago, no one would have guessed that this rugged, fynbos-covered area on the edge of the Succulent Karoo biome would one day become the Cape winelands’ highest-altitude wine farm. The farm itself is covered in unspoilt fynbos – since 2011 only 50,2 ha are under vine. The Cederberg lies about 250 km north of Cape Town. This vast region encompasses approximately 162 000 ha of rugged mountainous terrain, stretching from the Pakhuis Pass behind Clanwilliam in the north, to Grootrivier in the south, towards Ceres. Forty-six kilometers inland from the N7, between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam – with two mountain ranges separating the farm from the Olifants River – lies Cederberg Private Cellar on the farm Dwarsrivier. It is the highest wine farm above sea level in the Western Cape.
Soil types are diverse, from sandstone and decomposed gravel to red slate and clay. Thanks to extensive replanting, the isolated are and extreme winters, the vineyards are virus and disease-free.Today, this award-winning winery is owned by Ernst and David Nieuwoudt – proudly fourth and fifth generation, with daughter Emma, the sixth generation. The Five Generations range is Cederberg Private Cellar’s flagship range.
The San and Khoi peoples inhabited the Cederberg area from early times, leaving behind a rich legacy of rock art. It was only during the mid-1800s that another tough group of people set foot in the Cederberg – the Nieuwoudt family. The first Nieuwoudts arrived in South Africa during the early 1700s. Nearly 100 years later, their descendants moved to the Cederberg. In 1893 the present family moved to the farm Dwarsrivier, which is also known as Cederberg Private Cellar and Sanddrif Holiday Resort. Six generations ago, no one would have guessed that this rugged, fynbos-covered area on the edge of the Succulent Karoo biome would one day become a high-altitude wine farm in the Cape Winelands. The farm itself lies in the Cederberg Wilderness Area and only 66 ha are under vine. Today, this award-winning winery is owned by David Nieuwoudt – proudly fifth generation. Emma, David’s daughter, is the sixth generation.
Many stories have been told about ‘how it all started’. Maybe the first Platter’s guide to South African wines (1980) puts it best: ‘Oom Pollie has confounded the experts by producing prize-winning wines on his farm high in the remote Cederberg Mountains. He first started making wine for the farm workers with table grapes that ripened too late to be taken in by the nearest co-operative. The venture was so successful, he decided to try his hand at making red wine, and the first vintage in 1977, though too small to be certified, was acclaimed by experts as being up to Superior standards’. The other story goes as follows: There used to be no vines on the farm. A friend, who worked for the Deciduous Fruit Board, noticed that winter fruit was doing really well on this fruit and tobacco farm. He recommended that the family plant table grapevines. This was done in 1965 and these vines did so well that the first wine vines were planted in 1973 – the source of the top-class Cabernet Sauvignon of 1977/8. David’s grandfather, Oom Pollie, and his uncle, Oom Flippie, managed the farm until 1997. During 1997 David took over the reins from Oom Flippie. Oom Pollie passed on during 1988 and Oom Flippie in 2010.