Fryers Cove Vineyards
In 1985, while on holiday in Strandfontein on the South African west coast, Wynand Hamman who was studying to become a winemaker at Elsenburg Agricultural College, told his family of his idea to start a vineyard in Strandfontein area. The cool climate was ideal for growing and the soil was also suitable, natural sun light as well as reflected light off the sea were also perfect conditions but water supply became a problem as the annual rainfall was too low for vineyard growth. Over the next five years there was a lot of planning and in 1990 Wynand attained his qualification. It took another nine years before the families plans were put into motion, land was acquired and a water pipeline built from Vredendal to Strandfontein, a distance of approximately 29km. The company Fryers Cove was established. The name Fryers Cove originates from originates from the real Fryers Cove at Strandfontein which was named after Richard Fryer, a British settler from Irish ancestry who was the first commercial farmer in the area.
From the its first harvest the vineyard performed well in the cool climate and sunshine and today there are 4 ha Sauvignon Blanc, 1 ha Pinot Noir and 1 ha Merlot grown there. The Vineyards first award was in 2003 when the public voted the Fryer's Cove Sauvignon Blanc into the first place as a South African Sauvigon Blanc at the Sauvigon Blanc Celebration and has since had many more awards for their high quality wine. Fryer's Cove is distributed locally by Wineworx and is also exported to the UK, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
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