Groote Post is a historic 18th century farm on the Cape West Coast where winemaking traditions have been revived by the Pentz family. Unique aspects and cool climatic conditions of the Darling region yield rich and ripe fruit, and the wines are lovingly produced to reflect the uniqueness of the vineyards and terroir.
On the last Sunday of every month, the wine farm hosts a country market that invites locals and visitors to its gardens. The relaxed, family orientated gathering is laid-back with its own authentic hospitality. Artisan foods, arts and crafts, homeware and décor, as well as live entertainment and fun activities for kids is on offer. Extended family is welcome too (by that we mean your four-legged terriers).
But what would a wine farm market be without wine?
Purchase wine from the estate at cellar door price, or enjoy a tasting in the cellar. Darling Beer is also on offer, as well as coffee, fresh juices and homemade lemonade.
We shared a bottle of Groote Post Chenin Blanc 2014; a bright, fruity Chenin with strong guava and green apple flavours. It paired pretty darn perfectly with a cheese platter and hefty portion of cured meat and chorizo (Bernard went a bit wild). Cured meat is available by weight, and fresh breads, cheeses, beskuit, olive oil and preserves are at the ready to stock up on. You’re also welcome to bring your own picnic basket and relax on the shaded lawn.
The award-winning restaurant is open to visitors, or if you’re feeling exploratory, take a farm drive through the game camp and vineyards. There’re pony rides for the little ones, hay bales to sit on in the shade of trees, and the canon is fired off at 12 pm – expect much excitement from that. It truly is a memorable day out, and the atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and so unlike some of the more pretentious markets that the city hosts.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace