David & Nadia is a family-owned Swartland-driven project. We focus on a spectrum of organic, old and dryland bush vine vineyards from different areas with different soil types throughout the Swartland, farmed by like-minded people. We are members of the Swartland Independent Producers. In the cellar we work as naturally as possible and only add sulphur. It is all about the soil and vineyards, after all. We believe in a pure, fresh and natural style where site and soil are at work with minimal influence from a winemaking point of view.
The last two years saw the birth of our two sons, Wilhelm Johann and Malan Jacobus Sadie. We moved back to the Swartland where David grew up, to pursue our dreams of focusing on our own projects.
We also started a new farm-focused project called Paardebosch and our ultimate wine dream came true: the restoration of a 220 year old beautiful cellar in the Siebritskloof, Paardeberg.
David gained experience both locally (Waterford, Rustenberg and Saronsberg) and internationally (South Pacific Cellars – New Zealand, Chateau Quinault – France, Yves Quilleron – France).
The tasting of Mediterranean cultivars and its regions made a lasting impression on David’s ideas and palate. This interest has also been stimulated by working in a warmer region, Tulbagh, at Saronsberg where David was employed as assistant winemaker for two and a half years.
It was working with warmer climate Mediterranean Cultivars for three years, tasting of local and international natural/Mediterranean styles over the years, and a second influential harvest in the Northern Rhone at Yves Cuilleron, producer of Cote Rotie, Saint Joseph, Condrieu and Cornas in 2010, that gave David the confidence to grow the production of the maiden vintage, Aristargos 2010, from only 713 bottles to a number that sustains a full time business.