In 1999, the first vines of Fryer’s Cove were planted amongst beach vegetation. This area, which is eight hundred and twenty meters from shore and about twenty meters above sea level, is sought after for its ideal climate which translates into the prominently unique flavour and character of Fryer’s Cove wine.
Some 302kms from Cape Town the R362 winds its way up the picturesque West Coast. Along this largely unspoiled coastline lies Doringbaai, home to a small but hardy fishing community and arguably the world’s only vineyard this close to the Atlantic Ocean.
The vines of Fryer’s Cove dot the hillside 820 meters from where the cold ocean throws its breakers against a rocky shore. The locals are as robust and unfettered as the landscape and it is this terroir that imbues every bottle of Fryer’s Cove wine.
Fryer’s Cove wines have a distinct maritime flavour, hence our slogan forged of the earth, tempered by the sea.
The French term terroir is not easily defined, but among winemakers it represents all environmental factors that shape the personalities of wines from a specific vineyard or region. In our district, nature is unrelenting. It rains an average of only 50mm per year and the Southwesterly wind constantly buffets the coastline, but thanks to a series of fortunate coincidences this region is ideal for winemaking.
Despite our growing reputation for producing limited edition collector’s wines, we remain focused on growth to the benefit of the Doringbay community. The people who have made their living off this land for generations are part of the extended Fryer’s Cove family and that is why our expansion drives are targeted at areas like the Doringbay harbour.
The formerly dilapidated harbour now hosts the only ocean level wine cellar and tasting locale that we know of in Africa, and perhaps the world. We trust that renewal projects like this will play a major role in the resurgence of a struggling community.
Fryer’s Cove wines have already made their way onto the must-have list of wine connoisseurs, with the addition of the Doringbay waterfront, it has also become a must-do for culture- and eco-conscious travellers the world over.