The Cederberg might be the last place you'd expect to find a vineyard, but that's what makes Cederberg Private Cellar so unusual. It's been in the Nieuwoudt family for five generations. When old man Nieuwoudt, known to everyone as "Oom Pollie," planted the first vines in the 1970s, all his sheep-farming neighbors thought he had gone mad. Today, however, winemaker David Nieuwoudt and his viticulturist father, Ernst, are laughing all the way to the awards ceremonies. At an altitude of around 3,300 feet, this is the highest vineyard in the Western Cape, and consequently is almost completely disease-free. They don't have to spray for the mildew and mealybugs that are the bane of wine farmers in the Winelands and Constantia. All the wines are excellent; in fact you'll struggle to see the labels for all the wine accolades pasted on the bottles. Wine sales staff laugh when you ask them to identify their favorite wines and remark that it's like somebody asking you which child you like most.
The farm has self-catering accommodation at Sanddrif, which is near the Wolfberg Cracks (cracks in the mountain that lure hikers), and Malgat (a huge rock pool), both well-known Cederberg attractions. The Cederberg Observatory also operates on this farm on Saturday. It's an open-air wonder run by passionate stargazers, who give a slide presentation when the weather permits and then help you spot faraway galaxies on their superpowerful telescopes. The little farm shop usually stocks delicious koeksisters served with strong coffee, which cuts through the sweetness.
Dwarsrivier Farm, Algeria turnoff from the N7, Clanwilliam, 8136, South Africa