The winery is located at the foot of the Paarl Mountains in the South African wine-growing district Paarl
, It all started in 1987 when Alan Nelson bought a run-down farm that dates back to 1693. Until 1994, with the support of the oenologist Eugene van Zyl Elsenburg, the old stocks were replaced by new varieties. Production started in 1995. It was the first winery to become democratic after the end of apartheid in 1994 South Africa
was registered. The first president Nelson Mandela plays an important role on the estate. Because there is a center for handicrafts, which is housed in traditional Xhosa huts. These huts come from Mandela's hometown of Qunu. The vineyards cover 49 hectares and are crossed by the eponymous Nelson's Creek. It will be the typical Big Six varieties
Cultivated Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Sémillon and Shiraz. Mainly single-varietal varietal wines are produced. Exceptions are a white wine blend from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc and a red wine blend from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In 1997, Alan Nelson bequeathed eleven hectares of vineyards to his colored vineyard workers to thank them for helping build his winery. The income from it belongs to them. They became the first non-white winemakers in South Africa and aptly named their cooperative "Klein Begin". They were immediately successful with the wine produced under this label.