From hum­ble begin­nings

Brides Essence - - Contents - by Grant Der­rick

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

book in ad­vance con­tact

info@cas­siarestau­rant.co.za

See you there!

Mar/apr 2014 Brides Essence Magazine

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