WATCH: This wine is made in a fishing village and tastes like the ocean
Drink / 4 June 2018, 07:00am / Nathan Adams
Fryer’s Cove is a taste of the ocean – Pic by Nathan Adams
Tucked away on the West Coast, about 300km from Cape Town there’s a fishing village producing some truly special wines.
Doringbaai is one of those towns most people only see in their rear-view mirror but if you stop and take the time to taste what is being produced at Fryer’s Cove Winery; you won’t be disappointed…
In July 2018, Cathy Dippnall wrote an article on Fryer’s Cove Vineyards
Wine Trek out West
Discover a gem of a winery hidden in a West Coast village
There are so many diverse treasures to discover along the Cape West Coast, not least the little coastal villages that are almost off the radar. Not only are they remote but they still retain the charm of a bygone era…
In July 2018, Escape SA wrote the following article…
A gem of a winery hidden in West Coast village
“The road is long with many a winding turn…” Courtesy the Hollies – He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.
There are so many diverse treasures to discover along the Cape West Coast, not least the little coastal villages that are almost off the radar. Not only are they remote but they still retain the old worldness of days long past.
The roads are certainly long with many a winding turn, but if you are adventurous and have the time; then pile up and head for Doring Bay, a small fishing village nestled between Lamberts Bay and Strandfontein.
There is no straightforward way of reaching Doring Bay (formerly known as Thorn Bay) from the south unless you take the last few kilometres on a dirt road, but once there it is well worth the visit.
It is not just a one street sleepy hollow with its police station and general dealers, it’s great for fishing and surfing too. But its best kept secret is Fryer’s Cove, a unique and distinctive wine cellar to be found in a converted crayfish factory right next to the lighthouse, old jetty and the Doring Bay Abalone farming factory…read more
Beste kus is teen Weskus
Aan die Weskus word alles in oorvloed met gasvryheid gedoen.
Dis soos om terug te gaan na jou ouerhuis as jy teen die Weskus gaan kuier, want hier sal jy sommer dadelik tuis voel. Van Vredendal tot Doringbaai – elke stopplek op die Weskus-wynroete bied die warm gasvryheid van die omgewing, wat dit baie moeilik kam maak om net aan te klop vir ‘n “vinnige” proe…
Entering the town of Doringbaai as the sun sets is a sight to behold – the quaint seaside town seems sleepier than usual, it must be the cold chill in the air sweeping off the ocean. The last orange rays of sunshine burn through a thick mist settling over the small, neat houses.
Doringbaai is every holidaymaker’s dream of a seaside hideout; the populace is small and close knit, and the town’s hidden gem, Fryer’s Cove Wineries, lies nestled against the backdrop of the rough waves…
Seelug, kos en wyn
Sluit jou Weskus-besoek af deur na Doringbaai te ry vir middagete by die see.
By Fryer’s Cove in Doringbaai kan jy die Weskus-lug inasem terwyl jy langs die see
Hierdie kelder is in ’n ou fabriekgebou teenaan die kus en met só ’n bestemming is dit
duidelik waarom dit in seisoentyd só gewild is dat jy maar kan vergeet van opdaag
sonder ’n afspraak…
Vineyard by the sea.
The wine is worth the long drive to this unique west coast winery.
On the face of it, Doringbaai is just another forgotten, dusty town scoured by Atlantic winds, and its community poorer since fishing licences were cut in 2005. So, to taste a stunning, locally made Sauvignon Blanc on the jetty of on old fish factory is most surprising…
Sauvignon Blanc seems to have had a long history with the sea. It first made its way to South Africa with the exploration of the Dutch East India Company when a supply station was established in Cape Town. The Mother City was then only a stop for ships and crew to...read more
It can take you utterly by surprise; one moment you savoring our Bamboes Bay Sauvignon Blanc over a romantic dinner and the very next you are barefoot on the beach with the sun on your skin and the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Our wines tend to have that...read more
Sitting around a ‘kuier-fire’ in the heart of Doringaai, many stories get shared and tales told. The general rule of thumb is that the longer the night goes on, the longer the tales become. Some may advise to ‘take it with a pinch of salt’, an old English idiom from...read more