From humble beginnings
Brides Essence had the wonderful opportunity of meeting with Nitida Wine owners and founders of Cellarbake@Nitida, Peta and Bernhard Veller. We chatted to them about the upcoming Cellarbake@Nitida event and learned more about the origins of Nitida.
The History of Nitida and the accidental wine farmers
Nitida Wine Farm was purchased by the young couple, Peta and Bernhard Veller, in 1990 whilst pursuing a modest estate to accommodate a growing family. Nestled on the southern slopes of the Durbanville wine valley, the smallholding, being far greater a piece of land than was anticipated, came lock, stock and barrel with 50 sheep, two cows, an old nag named Jackeroo, a sheepdog and a beaten up old 1971 Ford tractor, aptly named “Pufford”, as well as an invaluable farm assistant, Klaas. Farm living soon became the lifestyle.
Having not initially been reared as a wine producing entity, the farm had but one small vineyard dedicated area. 1992 Saw the first official vineyard plantation administered by Bernhard and Klaas. Bernhard, a chemical engineer by trade, and Peta, his wife, an Advertising industry specialist, aimed to brew just a few barrels to begin; the hobby quickly escalated to a full time wine-making business and
by 1995 Nitida had produced its first Double Gold Sauvignon Blanc.
Nitida became renowned for their niche-market handmade wines and in 2001 was accredited as a benchmark Semillon producer. Peta and Bernhard have kept to using only locally grown grapes which truly represent the fertility and uniqueness of the Durbanville terroir which delivers long, slow, cool ripening conditions and intensely nutritive soils.
Nitida was named “Top Producer” at the 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards; the Coronata Integration 2012 scooped up the highest honour of five stars for two years consecutively; and the 2013 Michelangelo International Wine Awards granted Nitida Calligraphy 2011 a Double Gold.
Dining at Nitida
In late 2007 Cassia Restaurant was born. Its tranquil setting beside the farm’s lake offers unsurpassed views of the adjacent vineyards. Cassia, currently owned and managed by Warren Swaffield, offers an unpretentiously upmarket atmosphere, catering both indoor and al fresco dining on the terrace.
Tables@Nitida, the farm’s second resident restaurant, came about in November 2010. With its surrounding lawns, natural amphitheatre and children’s play area, Tables makes for a great family restaurant year round.
Weddings at Nitida
It would have been a shame for Nitida not to have a wedding venue on such a picturesque estate with its beautiful backdrops. The wedding and conference venue at Cassia can accommodate up to 250 guests, and with its newly fitted allglass exterior, it boasts exquisite views of Nitida’s picturesque setting, making for a magical reception which seamlessly merges with the beautiful surrounds. The reception facility is also equipped with its own kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Nitida is able to match a couple’s budget, within reason. Great service, world class dining, exquisite surrounds and a team that focuses on your personal needs and requirements places Nitida firmly on the wedding venue map. Cassia offers all inclusive packages leaving the bridal couple free to relax and enjoy themselves and focus on the true essence of their day.
Ceremonies can be held outdoors on the terrace under a pergola overlooking the lake and lush greenery. Should the weather turn inclement then the conference room can house your guests for the nuptials, which can then be converted into a dance floor as you move to the adjoining wedding facility.
There is also a dedicated award winning hair stylist based at Nitida who can prep the ladies for the day.
Peta Veller’s advice to brides: “There are some fantastic wedding coordinators out there, but there are far more not so great ones, so choose wisely!”
The roots of Cellarbake@Nitida
Cellarbake@Nitida is the brainchild of Peta, inspired by the trending artisanal baking style paired with her passion for wine.
Local influencers of koeksisters and melktert also played a role in her conceptualization of this fabulous new bake and wine pairing movement. “Baking is now a culinary art with specialists popping up worldwide,” says Peta, “what better way to enjoy the sweet things in life than with a delicious glass of wine!” It is these entrepreneurs who create new ideas, markets and industries that tickle the taste buds and offer new experiences.
Nitida will be hosting the first annual Cellarbake@Nitida festival on Sunday 23 March 2014. This all-day event offers visitors a chance to sample a variety of bake and wine pairings with a take-home Cellarbake@ Nitida wine glass, fantastic kids kitchen and ample innovative, creative and interesting activities for the whole family!
Additional cakes, desserts, confectionaries, wines and other bake-themed goodies will be available for purchase at the venue.
Cassia Restaurant will be offering picnic baskets and two high-tea experiences - to
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See you there!