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 dating back to 1693. Until 1994, with the support of the oenologist Eugene van Zyl Elsenburg, the old stocks were replaced by new varieties. Production began in 1995. It was then the first winery to be built in the Democratic Republic after the end of Apartheid 1994 South Africa
was registered. First President Nelson Mandela plays a major role in the ownership. Because there is a center for arts and crafts, which is housed in traditional Xhosa huts. These huts are from Mandela's hometown Qunu. The vineyards cover 49 hectares of vineyards and are crossed by the eponymous Nelson's Creek. It will be the typical Big Six varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Semillon and Shiraz cultivated. Mainly varietal varietal wines are produced. Exceptions are a white wine blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc and a red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In 1997, Alan Nelson bequeathed his colored vineyard workers eleven hectares of vineyards, to thank them for helping to build his winery. The income from them belongs to them. These were one of the first non-white winemakers in South Africa and baptized their cooperative aptly "Klein Begin" (German Little Beginning). They were immediately successful with the wine produced under this label.