THE DORINGBAY COMMUNITY
Fryers Cove FamilyWe 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.
“Some people can go from cradle to grave without ever being part of something truly special. Fryer’s Cove is my something special.” Francois Jansen van Rensburg
Jan Van Zyl
Viticulturist / Founder & Shareholder
Jan was born in Vredendal in 1967 and grew up on the family wine farm. He attended the primary school in Vredendal and matriculated High-school in Boland Landbou in Paarl in 1985. After the army, he attended Elsenburg from 1988 to 1990 and started farming in 1990. Jan planted the first vineyards for Fryer’s Cove in 1999.
Wynand has done 34 vintages in South Africa and has a vast experience in the rest of the world like France, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Australia. In South Africa he has hones his skills at Klawer Co-op, Backsberg, Lanzerac and Lourensford. Starting with Fryer’ s Cove in 1999, he pioneered the making of the first wines of Fryer’s Cove in 2002.
Wynand has been in charge of winemaking at Fryer’s Cove since founding the company. Derick Koegelenberg took over since the 2018 vintage.
Wynand has a hands-on approach towards winemaking putting quality always first. He likes to make wines that speak for itself with minimum interference in the cellar. He is also a firm believer that attention to detail in the vineyard always delivers quality.
Ponk Van Zyl
the firefighting farmer
Johannes Gideon (Ponk) van Zyl was born on 25 October 1935 in Vredendal. He was raised on the family farm called Draaihoek. After matriculating at age 17, he couldn’t return to the family farm as he started working in Potchefstroom as a bank teller, and later a municipal official where he acted as both an ambulance driver and a fireman. From 1958 to 1959 he studied at Elsenburg and at last started farming on the family’s farm at the end of 1959. He married Louise Beyers and had three children: Hazel, Jan and Margaretha. Ponk farms to this very day at age 82 (2018) and was directly involved with the founding of Fryer’s Cove.
Wine Maker/ General Manager
Growing up on a wine farm in Vredendal the decision for Derick was clear to become a winemaker. Finishing his studies at the University of Stellenbosch in Agricultural Management and Cellar Technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College, just outside Stellenbosch, Derick spend several years making wine in South Africa as well as vintages in France and New Zealand and joined Fryers Cove in April 2017. According to him understanding the natural characters of the terroir and to capture the essence of the land in a bottle is what Fryers Cove is all about.
“Learning experiences are endless and yet we can emerge with what we have learnt each year in a bottle of wine and share this with people all over the world.I try to intervene as little as possible in the winemaking process so the wine can express its true character and terroir. I only guide the grapes to their full potential”
Johann was born and raised on a 5th generation family farm, situated on the West Coast of South Africa. He has been involved in various aspects of the agricultural sector. After he finished his Studies at Stellenbosch he traveled to France, America and Italy and soon developed a love for the wine industry. With his father’s guidance, they established the family’s own vineyard on their farm close to the Atlantic Ocean. Today he is involved in the operations of Fryers Cove as a shareholder and co-director.
Francois Jansen Van Rensburg
Francois completed his Bachelors of Commerce at MGI in 2004. He was introduced to the world of wine after opening his own travel company based in Cape-Town. Having traveled and worked in various countries around the world, Francois gained international experience in public speaking and communication. Now at Fryer’s Cove, he is in the unique position to market wines unlike any other.
“People can go from cradle to grave without being part of something truly special, Fryer’s Cove is my “something special”
Graatjie - The One and Only!
Graatjie started at Fryer’s Cove in 2011 on a part time bases working in the tasting room, when the cellar moved to the old fish factory . Shortly there after, she was permanently employed and started helping out with administration. Now, fully involved with administration, Graatjie is the back bone of Fryer’s Cove.
“Fryer’s Cove, not just a job… my second home.” Graatjie
Front of House/Tasting Room
Shanice, was born and raised in Cape Town. After matriculating in 2011 she went to Northlink collage to study marketing management for 18 months. After her 18 months of theory, she chose Doringbaai to do her practical. She has known Doringbay her whole life and her family remains there to this day. Doringbay was always my second home.