Cecilia is the outcome of a desire to combine a love for music and wine into something that has the potential to give pleasure and to inspire. Whilst being a family name, Cecilia pays homage to the patron of musicians.
I was born on a small farm close to the West Coast town of Vredendal, but grew up in Paarl, in the heart of the Winelands. Throughout high school I spent a substantial amount of time in front of a piano, but a desire to be involved in farming lead to a Diploma in Enology from Elsenburg Agricultural College. The travel bug helped gather vintage experiences in several beautiful wine regions across the globe before settling back in Paarl at the former Seidelberg Wine Estate as wine maker in 2003.
One evening, in search of a way to be involved with music, I found myself teaching singing at a community project in Paarl. Impressed with the unbelievable talent of these neglected youngsters, yet painfully aware of the financial challenges facing many of these programs, I started thinking of ways to get involved. With the help of many people we launched Cecilia at Seidelberg with an open air classical concert where I performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major with the Cape Town Chamber Orchestra conducted by Corvin Matei. Years later I still cannot believe everything that happened up to and during that evening. To me it was the most exciting and exhilarating experience to date and something I aim to pay forward through Cecilia’s wines.
Love and wine has since taken me to the Olifants River where I have been making wine for the past 7 years. It is here that I became aware of our old vine gems and where we are now sponsoring a music program at local farm schools in the region from the sales of Cecilia Pinotage.