David van Niekerk was born in 1963 in Cape Town, South Africa, he has always had a drawing to the sea and the activities involved with it.
After matriculating in the Cape, he spent a 6 month stint in Europe to find his worldly feet followed by a mandatory further 2 years of National Service back in South Africa. He went on to study Industrial Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch as well as various Diplomas in Oenology and Viticulture. He has been involved in research with the West Coast crayfish (Jasus Lalandii) on the West coast of South Africa while studying at University; this lasted for three years during his vacations.
He is a keen yachtsman, sailing keel boats and multi hulls, having competed in sailing regattas nationally, internationally, Africa as well as Trans-Atlantic. David has spent much time fishing, spearfishing and diving in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. He has also found the time to overland around Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa with his wife.
David started his working career in investment banking with the First Rand Group and after 14 years decided that there is more to life than occupying a small office and started to build his own wine cellar, High Constantia Wine Cellar, in 2000.
David’s new career of wine making started and since then he has planted and managed 14.5 hectares (31.9 acres) of vineyards in the Constantia Valley, the first and oldest wine producing area in the Southern hemisphere. High Constantia`s sparkling wine, Clos Andre, has been chosen to represent South Africa at the Tri Nations tastings as well the red and white wines which were presented amongst some of the top wines in the world during First Growth tasting held in South Africa.
He has also travelled broadly in Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, most of the countries in the Indian Ocean, and lastly, Africa – North, South, East and West. 2017/8 has seen David traveling to 30 countries bordering the Indian and Atlantic Oceans in 2017 while lecturing.