Nitida Wine Cellars
Country/Region: South Africa - Western Cape - Durbanville
Situated in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley you will find our family-owned and operated wine cellar. Although not intentionally award-driven, there is no denying the status of our Wine of Origin Cape Town, boutique wines. For us, being handmade is more than just a physical process and approach, it is about perfecting the small details along the way while treating each batch of juice with respect throughout its journey from the vine to Nitida wines. It is also about working with nature and thereby ensuring that the wine embodies our attitude and brand.
Nitida embodies devotion, passion and aspiration. Stroll through our cellar, take delight in our wine tastings and dine with us at Cassia Restaurant or Tables at Nitida.
History in the making. How does a small Durbanville property running a flock of 50 sheep, 2 cows and a sheepdog consequently become one of South Africa’s most successful small wine cellars? This type of fairy tale only gets written when a few very special ingredients get blended with a number of happy coincidences. So, what was their Nitida recipe and how did they become part of the Durbanville Wine Valley?
In 1990, they found a beautiful piece of soil, just “to live on” and then started adding some magic ingredients; Peta’s mother, the wonderful “Matriarch” that helped the family finance the farm. They also found a 1971 Ford tractor which they promptly named Pufford; Klaas, who taught them how to milk a cow and chase down sheep and the final, most essential element was energy and wonderful people.
In 1992, Bernhard took a week off work so he, Klaas and Pufford could plant a couple of vineyards. The plan was to only make a few barrels. Three years later, they won their first double-gold Sauvignon Blanc and in 2001 they were recognized as a benchmark Semillon producer.
In 2014, the winemaker Daniel Keulder joined the company from Groot Constantia and became part of our Nitida family!
Now 28 years on, this family owned and run cellar is one of the most consistently awarded and loved boutique wine cellars in South Africa with a host of double gold, gold and silver medals, a few 5 star platters and countless awards and certificates.
Winemaker: DANIEL KEULDER
Daniel Keulder is the unsung hero of the vineyards. Taking grapes and turning it into award-winning local and international wines. Daniel is a creative mind, that takes inspiration from the terroir, the wild critters living among the vines and the balance in the soil. Daniel prides himself on being part of a team and not the celebrity that does it all on his own. They love this about their winemaker and they believe in his instinct to keep Nitida beautiful and handmade with attitude.
Danie joined the team in December 2014. Coming from 5 years of making wine at Groot Constantia, he brings with him a great love and understanding of working with cool climate grapes. It’s a given that he will continue to make stunning wines with them and perhaps his experience in making craft beer becomes part of their future Nitida culture!
HANDMADE THE NITIDA WAY
At Nitida, “We completely believe that beautiful wines come from day to day thoughtful management in the vineyards.” During harvest at Nitida, although we don’t discount analyses, we pick on the tried and true indicators of flavour and appearance. We pick each bunch of grapes by hand, choosing only the very best for our wines. We inspect our vineyards every day to ensure the leaves, buds and bunches are healthy and to check that the spiders and ladybirds are alive and well.
THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL
We have won numerous awards for our wine labels and have had big admiration from our friends, but behind all that recognition is an untold story. The story behind our label.
Our labels were not a quick design sketched by an agency and sent off to the printers. No, quite the opposite. We spent months thinking of the best way to incorporate everything Nitida stands for. To capture the essence of the estate, our wine’s unique characters and to give our friends far away a little bit of home.
Our label illustrations were hand drawn using inks made from our Nitida tree leaves. Inspired by protea nitidus in our garden, they also feature local Renosterveld plants and some of the creatures who share the farm with us.
West Coast Renosterveld – Estimated that only three percent of this critically endangered and hugely fragmented vegetation type remains and loss is due to agriculture having taken over these highly nutritive soil areas. Other wild critters include, Cape Eagle Owl, Cape Clawless Otter, the Golden Orb spider, Yellowbilled Duck, Cape Cobra and protea Nitida tree (waboom).