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The Nieuwoudt family arrived in South Africa in the mid-1700's, and in 1893 their descendants bought the farm in the Cederberg which was then called Dwarsriver. This is where present owner, and fifth generation of the family, David Nieuwoudt, runs the Cederberg Private Cellar wine farm, which he took over in 1997. There are many stories about how it all started, but two are the most plausible. One story goes that David's grandfather Oom Pollie made wine for his farm workers from table grapes that ripened too late to be taken to the cooperative and this was so successful that he decided to make a red wine. The first vintage in 1977 was so good that it won prizes and was acclaimed by experts. The other story says that there used to be no vines on the farm, but in 1965, seeing how well fruit was doing there, it was recommended that the family plant table grapes. These also flourished prompting the first wine vines to be planted in 1973, and it was these vines that produced Oom Pollie's prizewinning wine of 1977. Whatever the true story, Cederberg have never looked back. The Cederberg lies roughly 120 kilometres north of Cape Town enjoying a cool Mediterranean climate with no coastal influences. Cederberg is the highest wine farm on the Western Cape, with vineyards planted at between 950 and 1,000 metres above sea level. They have around 66 hectares under vine on a variety of soils. Weathered shale-slate soils with a high clay content suits red varietals, and 60% of their production is red. Other sites have lightly structured sandstone which is perfect for their white varietals, and decomposed granite, and duplex soils with coarse sand and clay also feature. These divers soils are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot red grape varieties, and Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc,Viognier, Buketttraube and Chardonnay [for their sparkling wine] white varietals, and produce the multi-award winning wines of unparalleled quality that Cederberg are famous for.