1905 Charles de Solla started CDS as a trading company and owned it until 1927, when a Mr. Morrie Steinberg purchased the company. In 1946 Gordon Simpson, father of present shareholder Darryl, purchased the company on his arrival from England. The company was then Johannesburg-based, but Os Simpson, Gordon's brother, started doing business in Cape Town. This marked the beginning of CDS's now extensive involvement in the Cape wine industry.
1955 Gianni Viotti took over the partnership from Os Simpson, and the Johannesburg operation was trading in specialised imported foodstuffs and liquor products, predominantly Cinzano, Red Heart Rum, Tia Maria and Jameson's Irish Whiskey, to name but a few.
1972 Darryl Simpson joined CDS Johannesburg and then moved to CDS Cape Town in 1980. At this time Gianni Viotti's son, Franco, also joined the Cape Town expansion programme into the wine industry. Franco and Darryl's fathers soon retired and closed the Johannesburg office. This allowed new owners Darryl and Franco to concentrate their efforts on growing the business within the wine industry. Then, in 1993, Franco sold his share of the company to Peter Peck.TODAY CDSVintec has three principal shareholders: Darryl Simpson, Peter Peck and HG Molenaar.
Darryl Simpson has been involved in wine industry sales and management for over 25 years.
Peter Peck is a highly qualified winemaker with over 15 years experience.