Among the Cape's highest lying vineyards, at 1036 metres above sea level in the Citrusdal mountains, Cederberg benefits from a cool continental climate. The farm is in a beautiful and unspoiled spot surrounded by more than 180,000 hectares of natural landscape.
Award-winning owner and winemaker David Nieuwoudt is the fifth generation of the family who have farmed this land since 1893. The original plan was to grow tobacco and raise cattle and later produce fruit (the area is still popular with table grape and citrus fruit growers). Vines were first planted only in 1973, with the first vintage in 1977, and there are now around 50 hectares of vineyards in total.
David took over the winemaking in 1997 and in 2008 bought land in the Elim ward, near South Africa's southernmost point Cape Agulhas, from which he makes wines under the Ghost Corner label. He makes both red and white wines from the varied soils that are found in both vineyard locations.
Cederberg is one of the 15 original members of PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) and is also part of IPW, the Integrated Production of Wine. The Citrusdal vineyard offers BYO picnic facilities, self-catering cottages, camping, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.