Cecilia Wines – Olifants River, South Afirca.

Cecilia, named after the grandmother of winemaker, Cerina van Niekerk and patron saint of musicians, St. Cecilia.

Cerina performed a piano concerto with an orchestra at the launch of the first vintage. The proceeds of the wine sales are given to the community in the form of sponsoring a music program at the local farm school.

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Cecilia Pinotage

Cecilia Pinotage

The Winemaker

Cerina van Niekerk

Cerina van Niekerk obtained her Diploma in Enology from Elsenburg Agricultural college in 1998 before working vintages in New Zealand, France, Australia and the USA. She joined the former Seidelberg Wine Estate in Paarl in 2002 and spent 7 years there as wine maker. It was during this tenure that Cecilia was conceptualised. At the end of 2009 she followed her now husband, Jaco van Niekerk, to the Olifant’s River where she managed Klawer Winery’s Trawal premises for  8 years. It was at Trawal that she became aware of the old vine gems in the Skurfberg and Citrusdal Mountain areas and it followed that she began making Cecilia from old vine vines, specifically Pinotage. She recently moved to Piekenierskloof Wine Company to assist with winemaking and marketing as well as continuing to work with old vines for the making of Cecilia. In addition to the current beneficiaries, the learners at Paardekop Primary School will also benefit from a music program sponsored from the sales of Cecilia.

The Vineyard

Cecilia Pinotage is made from one of only a few bush vine vineyards in the West Coast region of South Africa. Growing in the hills between Clanwilliam and the Altlantic ocean, at an altitude of approximately 400 meters, these old vines have learned to cope without irrigation by balancing themselves to only produce a small quantity of bunches per vine. It is this wisdom, acquired over time, that delivers a wine with immense subtlety, identity and power.  Planted in 1965.