Once you first spot Fryer’s Cove from the main road of Doringbaai or from across the little bay you are smitten. All you want to do is sit just off the pier, soak in the view and the atmosphere, and sip on a glass of the Fryer’s Cove Bamboes Bay Sauvignon Blanc.
Show me someone who says they can resist this authentic address of sorts, and I’ll show you a liar.
The wine tasting venue is in a disused crayfish factory – how’s that for a novel idea! You can taste the sea in the wine and while the sea breeze enfolds you.
Apart from a novel idea it also proved to be practical as the sea can be harnessed as an energy-saving cooling system.
The vineyards are actually not too far from here as it is close to the coast – and only 650 metres from the Atlantic Ocean – at Bamboesbaai, north of Doringbaai. No wonder then that the people at Fryer’s Cove describe their wines as “forged of the earth and tempered by the sea”. And tempered it is with a lot of mist and a cool climate.
The story goes that the idea of Fryer’s Cove wine was conceived around a braai. More South African, and more authentic, than that you will struggle to find. It took a good few years before the dream could be realised but it was. One of the stumbling blocks was water supply.
But ‘n boer maak ‘n plan, as they say. So a pipe line of 30 kilometres was built from the Vredendal farm to the vineyards at Bamboesbaai. The pipe line crosses three farms to get to the vines. But if you have a vision and dedication that is what you do.
Back to the Doringbaai Waterfront – whilst sipping on your Sauvignon Blanc you can order a light meal from the adjacent kitchen run by the local community. Make your way there on Monday to Saturday. You can thank us later.