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Cape Winemakers Guild Showcase
Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase of rare, individual wines

Cape Town: Thursday, 18 August 2016 / Johannesburg: Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Taste rare, individually crafted wines with creative flair and great diversity at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase to be held in Cape Town on Thursday, 18 August and Johannesburg on Wednesday, 24 August 2016.

This public tasting gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste these unique collectors’ wines crafted exclusively in small volumes for the 2016 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction by the Guild’s 47 members.

In addition to tasting this year’s CWG auction line-up that will go under the hammer in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 1 October, the Showcase is a great interactive platform to engage with the winemakers.

In addition to the sought after 2016 auction wines, the members of the Guild will also be presenting some of their acclaimed flagship offerings sold under their own labels. Individuality, creativity and expression of place set the CWG auction wines apart from the winemakers’ more readily available ranges.
Showcase-goers will have the opportunity of contributing towards the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust by bidding on rare signed bottles from previous Guild auctions during the Silent Auction. Founded in 1999, the Development Trust seeks to transform the wine industry by educating, training and empowering young talent through initiatives such as the Protégé Programme, a highly acclaimed mentorship scheme for upcoming winemakers and viticulturists.

Cape Town Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Cape Town International Convention Centre – Ballroom East (First Floor)
18:00 – 21:00
R250 per person, includes a Spiegelau tasting glass
Tickets can be purchased via

Johannesburg Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
The Atrium, Nedbank Sandton, 135 Rivonia Road
18:00 – 21:00
R250 per person, includes a Spiegelau tasting glass
Tickets can be purchased via

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction will take place on Saturday, 1 October 2016 from 09h00 at Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands. The auction is open to the public. To find out more and to purchase tickets for the VIP lounge on Auction Day, visit:, email or call Tel: +27 (0)21 852 0408.

On behalf of: Cape Winemakers Guild Contact: Kate Jonker
Tel: +27 (0)21-852 0408 E-mail:


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2016 Harvest Report

The 2016 harvest at Cederberg Private Cellar was completed two weeks earlier than usual.

The grapes ripened a lot quicker owing to the dry, warm weather we experienced in December and January, making the 2016 harvest the earliest one on record for Cederberg. Fortunately we have the advantage of enough water for supplementary irrigation, which is so important in a dry year like 2016.

The dry season meant smaller berries and smaller bunches, which weighed less and yielded fewer litres per tonne. To us this was a positive, bringing concentrated flavour to both whites and reds.

In general it was a challenging year for whites, but we were prepared: the optimum picking time was crucial this year. The white berries came in with lower acidity but beautiful ripeness. The latter makes for more mouthfeel and body than in previous years. In the cellar we now have a diverse selection of aromatic components for creating beautiful white wines. It will be exciting to see the development of each tank as it matures on its fine lees.

The reds are showing beautiful concentration and really good colour. It was not necessary to extract too much with pump-overs and punch-downs. Although it is still very early to tell, since reds develop and change quite a bit, we are expecting big, bold 2016 reds.

As a result of climate change, the 2016 harvest season started a week earlier than in 2015 – with the 2015 harvest a week earlier than 2014. Picking finished two weeks earlier than in a normal Cederberg year. We expect this pattern to continue in the years to come.

New tanks were brought in at the start of the harvest, in line with our new enlarged cellar that can handle an extra 120 tonnes.

Here’s to a great year and a cellar team who worked as if nightfall never came!





TAKE NOTE: “For Earth Hour!”

On Saturday 19 March 2016 at 20:30, the people of Dwarsrivier farm will light 67 candles in our resort, Sanddrif, in celebration of Earth Hour. Our wish is that all the visitors to Sanddrif join us by switching off ALL lights in the campsite and cottages and keep them off until 21:30.  In celebration of this event, we at Cederberg Private Cellar, decided to take our recycle project one step further and commit to ‘Zero-Waste-to-Landfill’! This means the recycling of all our generated waste, with the rest being re-used and composted.



In line with Cederberg Private Cellar’s decision to give more prominence to its ‘green’ and ethical trade activities, we are pleased to welcome Martin Albertus on board.  Initially Martin will focus on environmental reporting, audits and projects at Cederberg.

“It’s about adding value, always,” says Martin, who describes himself as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He is the owner and managing director of Sustainable Ways (Pty) Ltd, an SA-based company that focuses on environmental management, conservation and ethical trade support to wine producers and fruit growers. He also offers the unique and exciting VolunTOURISM experiences in the winelands to local corporates and international visitors.

Martin is no stranger to the Cederberg. His involvement with the farm dates back to 2011, when he managed the operational portfolio for the globally recognised World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) ‘Biodiversity and Wine Initiative’ (BWI). The focal points of BWI – which has now been rebranded as ‘Conservation Champions’ – are to expand protected areas and biodiversity stewardship on privately owned land in the Cape Winelands, while reducing the impact of agriculture on the natural environment.

Since 2012 Martin has played a leading role in the Sustainable Fruit Initiative (SIZA) and helped to develop environmental standards that could be integrated in the FruitSA SIZA code. Cederberg Private Cellar will benefit greatly from his wealth of experience in conservation and especially in the ethical trade arena.

You can contact Martin at Sustainable Ways by emailing or follow his tweets as Sustainable Ways via @SWSAtweets.

As many of our loyal supporters may know, we have been doing a lot of work ‘in the veld’, and in the coming months we will be telling you more about this. The casual visitor or incidental wine taster may, for example, not know that Cederberg Private Cellar is situated in one of the largest conservation areas in the country; that the farm spans the Fynbos and the Succulent Karoo biomes, both World Heritage Sites; that the Cederberg is home to rare, endangered and endemic plant and animal species; and that we are actively involved in the Cederberg  Conservancy, WWF-SA’s ‘Conservation Champions’ initiative and the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor (GCBC).



  • It’s here!

It’s white, it’s wild and it’s fermented naturally in a barrel for a whole nine months.It’s the Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc Wild Ferment 2015 and it’s available now.

The maiden vintage was produced in 2011 by Cederberg’s David Nieuwoudt and his team. Definitely not to be confused with the other “wild ferments” that have suddenly hit the local market, Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

More new releases:
To avoid disappointment, we thought to let our loyal supporters know that the following wines are also now available:

– Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
– Ghost Corner The Bowline (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) 2015
– Ghost Corner Pinot Noir 2015
– Our sixth Cap Classique, a Blanc de Blanc 2011, with a brand-new label
– Our maiden Shiraz 2012 Magnum – a Veritas double gold winner



  • David gives an overview of all things “Cederberg Cellar” in his mother tongue, Afrikaans :
  • Against all the odds the traditional Wupperthal Riel dancers with no formal training, won the South African national competition – this entitles them to compete in the 2015 World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in July. Lets get behind these guys to showcase Riel Africa to the world. Please follow “Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers” on FACEBOOK  and / or MAIL FLORIS SMITH  to donate.
  • Cape Winemakers Guild salutes 20 year Nedbank partnership. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nedbank’s association with the Cape Winemakers Guild and with the dawn of this remarkable milestone, the bank has renewed its longstanding partnership for a further three years … This year’s auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 3 October 2015.  Read More
Recently David Nieuwoudt, owner and winemaker of Cederberg Private Cellar, visited our United Kingdom agent, Bancroft Wines. As always excellent attendance paved the way for another great year in the UK. Watch this video to learn more about the Longavi label and meet the people behind the brand.
  • Another GOLD for Cederberg Wines!
    The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Global Masters – Ghost Corner Pinot Noir 2013.
    By bringing together over 350 examples from 16 countries to be scrutinised by some of the trade’s most experienced MW and MS palates, The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Global Masters offered a perfect opportunity to assess the status quo. Read more
  • Friday 24 – Sunday 26 July 2015 : Fine Food & Wine Weekend at BUSHMANS KLOOF. 
    This Signature Food and Wine Weekend will offer guests an unforgettable wilderness experience along with a gourmet feast by Executive Chef Floris Smith that celebrates the marriage of world-class cuisine and a selection of Cederberg’s finest vintages. Also included are special presentations, talks and tastings, nature drives, rock art excursions, all meals, wine and lodge activities. Book now
  • Cederberg ROBERT PARKER reviews, October 2014 :
    2012 Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon: 90
    2011 Five Generation Chenin Blanc: 90
    2013 Bukettraube: 89
    2013 Chenin Blanc: 89
    2013 Cape Winemaker’s Guild – Ghost Corner Semillon: 90
    2012 Cape Winemaker’s Guild – Teen die Hoog Shiraz: 92
    2013 Ghost Corner Pinot Noir: 90
    2013 Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc: 88
    2013 Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc: 88
    2011 Cederberg Shiraz: 90 (this is fabulous vintage continuity)
    * Please take note that in certain countries that distribute Cederberg some of these wines are sold out. The reference however remains relevant.
  • 2013 Longaví, Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley: “A joint venture between J Bouchon of Chile and South African Sauvignon specialist, David Nieuwoudt, this is a wine that lives up to its pre-release hype. Creamy, goosberry and nettley fruit with bags of texture and tangy acidity and a long, elegantly tropical finish with a touch of sweetness.” 92. Tim Atkin. Read more
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  • David Nieuwoudt in Cracow
    Read article on Polish website


  • veritas-thumbVeritas Awards 2014: We are proud to announce that Cederberg Private Cellar received 3 Double Gold awards for 3 wines made in 3 different regions:
    Cederberg Shiraz 2012 from Cederberg ward, Ghost Corner Semillon 2013 from Elim ward and Longavi Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Leyda Valley, Chile. We were also awarded 6 Silver Awards for 4 wines from the Cederberg range and 2 wines from Ghost Corner range.
    Take a closer look
  • Take a break and join us for  two days in Wolseley at the Castle Rock Craft Beer, Wine & Cider Experience – 31 October to 1 November 2014. Read more
  • A small extract from a recent review by Stephan Tanzier of some of the wines that will be auction at the upcoming Cape Wine maker’s Guild auction this Saturday: 4 October 2014
    Cederberg Teen die hoog Shiraz 2012 (14.5% alcohol; a selection of the best three barrels, all new;3.1 g/l r.s.)
    Bright ruby-red. Sexy perfume of cherry, mulberry, white pepper, flowers and truffle. Juicy and penetrating, showing lovely acid thrust and floral grip to its still-tight red fruit flavors. Quite bright and sharply delineated, finishing with firm but suave tannins and excellent definition and savory length. Not especially fleshy or sweet but I would not be surprised if this lovely shiraz put on weight in bottle over the next three to five years. Very classy juice. Winemaker: David Nieuwoudt. 92 +. On the Wine Spectator’s page (26/09/2014) James Molesworth rated the same wine a …92!!
  • Julio-Bouchon-David-Nieuwoudt-y-Julio-Bouchon-thumb Longavi, The Drinks Business,1 Aug 2014 : Winemaker David Nieuwoudt, from Cederberg in South Africa, unveiled his new project in partnership with Julio Bouchon, of Chile’s Bouchon winery this week. The pair have created a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc called ‘Longavi’, made from selected vineyard parcels in the Leyda Valley – the result of three years of planning. It has a limited production of five thousand bottles and will be available from the Autumn of 2014 in the UK, exclusively through Bancroft Wines. Take a closer look
  • decanter2013 Decanter World Wine Awards 2014. Cederberg Shiraz 2011 was awarded the Regional Trophy: South African Red Rhône Varietal over £15. Decanter tasting note: “An intriguing perfume of lily, red fruit, herbs and garrigue. Lovely lifted plum, juicy hedgerow fruit and spice character on the palate, with well-handled oak and fresh acidity. Yiedling yet tensile, with a fruitful conclusion.” Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  and our Waitrose Foundation Chenin Blanc 2013  recieved gold medals.
  • The Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has been awarded gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014. The judges described ced-awards-somtheir tasting experience as follows: “Complex yet restrained, this sports an almost Old World balance of flavours on the nose, with herbaceous, grassy notes mixed with citrus fruit. ‘The palate is lean and racy, with fine fresh minerality,’ said Alan Holmes of The Vineyard at Stockcross. ‘This calls for fresh, simple and seasonal food,’ said team leader Natasha Hughes, suggesting asparagus and trout with fragrant herbs”. At the same competition the Ghost Corner Semillon 2011 received silver,  Ghost Corner Pinot Noir  2012 received bronze and Ghost Corner The Bowline 2012 was commended. Read More


Video: “Dagbreek: Landbousake” featuring David Nieuwoudt in Afrikaans about the winning Shiraz.

  • The Cape’s top 20 wineries of 2014 – As the reputation of Cape wines grow over the years, a panel of 29 has selected its top 20 winemakers from the celebrated region – Tim James, Mail & Guardian Read More
  • Top 100: David Nieuwoudt from legendary Cederberg Private Cellar shares with –  ‘We are thrilled to have three winningtop-100 wines in the 2014 Challenge. Our committed team is working with fabulous fruit and this winning combination yields these fine results. To be the overall first placed Vineyard Consistency Award winner from 2011 – 2014 with 17 winning wines is recognition that makes all of us exceptionally proud.The quality of the international judging panel at Top 100 and their rigorous tasting protocols, makes it the premier fine wine event in SA. For their learned palates to rate Cederberg wines so consistently is as inspiring as it is satisfying.’ Read complete article here
  • Vandalen : Toen Ans en ik om zes uur ‘s ochtends de zonsopgang bewonderden in de oogstrelend mooie Cederberg Wildernis, werden we welkom geheten door twee bewakers. Ze waren zwaar bewapend maar de geweren die ze droegen… Read more 

  • Cederberg takes top honours at SAWi awards. Read more
  • De nieuwe diversiteit van Zuid-Afrika.  Zuid-Afrika staat niet stil op het gebied van wijn. Het is een boeiend wijnland, dat op zoek is naar eigenheid… Op een goede manier, want overwegend op de enig mogelijke, eerlijke manier. Lars Daniëls legt uit waarom hij dat vindt. Read more
  • A tale of two tablecloths – A view on the Ghost Corner Pinot Noir 2012 Read More
  • We are proud to be associated with Ellerman House Wine Gallery & Villa Two. Read more


  • Four Five-star ratings for Cederberg
    At the annual Platter awards today, 8 November 2013, Cederberg Private Cellar was awarded FOUR five-star ratings for the following wines: Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Cape Winemaker’s Guild Auction Reserve Teen die Hoog Shiraz 2011, Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Ghost Corner The Bowline 2012. Read more
  •  Elim’s Windswept Wonder  “Elim Sémillon is no newcomer to the Young Wine Show podium. In fact, the 2010 General Smuts winner was made from the same vineyards as this year’s Cederberg Champion. The high altitude winery’s David Nieuwoudt reckons that the most southern vine growing region in Africa has not nearly reached its full potential. No wonder he drives 500kms to sources these grape, without any hesitation…” WineLand magazine – Young Wine Show focus. Click here for the whole article in pdf
  • Cederberg Teen die Hoog Shiraz 2011 one of the top 10 selling wines at the 29th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. Read more
  • terroir2013-80x80South African Terroir Awards, 2013:
    “The great wines that portray the inimitability of South Africa’s diverse “terroir”, the French and international term for specific wine growing terrains, are highlighted at the Novare South African Terroir Wine Awards” –
    – Top Sauvignon Blanc
    : Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2011
    Top Shiraz: Cederberg Shiraz 2010
    Won for the 6th time in a row :  Top Semillon : Ghost Corner Semillon 2011
  • See all the pictures from the Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA) tasting that took place at the Decanter HQ in London on Wednesday 5th June 2013. Click here
  • oldmutual2013The Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2012  has won the Nestle Pure Life Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc 2013 at the 2013 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show!… The annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is  a local competition that started in 2002. In 2004 Cederberg Private Cellar shot to stardom when the Shiraz 2002 won the Fairbairn Capital Trophy for Best Red Wine as well as the British Airways/Comair Trophy for Best Shiraz. In 2010 the Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2009 won the trophy for the best unwooded Sauvignon Blanc. read more
  • Iafrica Article : Once a year the Heuningsvlei Village in the remote part of the Cederberg, attracts about 150 enthusiastic environmentalists from far and wide to assist the community to plant sapling Clanwilliam Cedar trees in amongst the craggy Cederberg mountains. read more
  • For the second consective year Concours Mondial du Sauvignon awards Gold to Cederberg Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc. The 2012 Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc is one of only six wines from South Africa that reached Gold. View results
  • Recently one of our many representatives in the world – in this case Alex Harper from the United Kingdom, came to assist with the harvesting – Read here what her experience was …

Cederberg Private Cellar have won Highly Commended in The Waitrose way awards which celebrate outstanding initiatives by suppliers to enhance the sustainability of their businesses and, ultimately, the food that ends up on consumers’ plates. Read more about The Waitrose way

Cederberg High Altitude Vineyards

South Africa’s most uniquely situated wine farm falls within the pristine environs of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, which lies in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Here, among spectacular rock formations and fynbos, you will find the highest altitude vineyards in the Cape. Conservation is fundamental and Cederberg Private Cellar is a committed member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative.

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The cold climate and remote location, with its pure mountain air and water, ensures that the vines are virus free. This results in award-winning wines which show an exceptional purity of fruit. The farm has been in the Nieuwoudt family for five generations and David Nieuwoudt currently makes the wines.

Cederberg Private Cellar produces six ranges of wine – Cederberg, which includes its signature Bukettraube; Five Generations; David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner; the Waitrose Foundation sustainable range; Cape Atlantic; and the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines. Sanddrif holiday resort, on the banks of the Dwars River at the foot of the Wolfberg, provides the perfect base for a relaxing break.


Permits, bookings and accommodation enquiries:
. Wine-related enquiries:
+27 27 482 2825
+27 (0)44 0040060

086 509 1683
+27 27 482 2827
+27 (0)44 0040063
Directions from Cape Town
From Cape Town, take the N7 turn-off on the N1 and, 28 km after Citrusdal, turn right at the Algeria/Cederberg sign. Continue past Algeria and over the Uitkyk Pass (second pass) – about 46 km of gravel road – until you reach Dwarsrivier, home of Cederberg Wines. Total distance from Cape Town: ±250 km; ±3 hours’ drive.


Cederberg Private Cellar Reception 19º15’28”E 32º30’12”S
Sanddrif Holiday Resort Reception 19º15’27”E 32º30’14”S

Office hours:
Monday to Saturday:
Sundays & public holidays:
08:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:00
09:00–12:00 & 16:00–18:00
Tasting hours:
Monday to Saturday:
Sundays, Good Friday & Christmas Day:
09:00–12:00 & 14:00–16:30
Not open for tasting