Wine, Woman and song

Cecilia Wines is the outcome of a desire to combine a love for music and wine into something that has the potential to give joy and to inspire. The most recent addition is Cecilia Wine’s sister range of wines, Wind Band. Each wine under the Cecilia label has a unique story to tell and comes from an individual vineyard, whereas Wind Band wines are made from a selection of vineyards focusing on excellent drinkability at a competitive price point.

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Winemaker Cerina was about to pursue a career in music, but had the wild idea of working in agriculture, mainly because of the many fond memories of the vacations she spent as a child with her grandmother, Cecilia on a Karoo farm in South Africa. Her involvement with a project for street children gave her the idea of making a wine to fund music education for previously less privileged children in South Africa.

It was decided to name the wine Cecilia after her grandmother and, coincidentally, the patron saint of musicians, St Cecilia. Cecilia Pinotage is vinified from a vineyard in Citrusdal mountain winegrowing area, a district in the west of Olifants River Valley, 100 miles north of Cape Town. Since the launch of the first vintage, small music projects were sponsored from the sale of the wine. 

The opportunity arose to add a sister wine to Cecilia, which she decided to call Wind Band, referring to the wind instrument theme. In contrast to the classic look and feel of Cecilia, the aim was to give the Wind Band label a more contemporary look and thus to appeal to all types of music- and wine lovers. 

The designer, Sonja Nieuwoudt of Big Eye Deer Design, came up with a modern portrayal of sound waves. MCC brought this to life by using high-build on the lines to create a lush texture, all while keeping in mind the project’s budget. In addition to Wind Band, a Syrah and old vine Chenin were added to the Pinotage in the Cecilia range. Here MCC used high-build to give depth and prominence to the piano notes, creating a label that makes a strong statement.  

It has been a tough but very rewarding journey. Working with a company like MCC has made it more exciting. The quality of their service and craft is indispensable.” 

Cerina van Niekerk, owner and winemaker, Cecilia Wines