Groote Post quietly celebrates a decade of fine wines

Thursday, 10 December, 2009
Groote Post Vineyards
On a crisp early summer's morning, almost ten years ago to the day, a blend of wine journalists joined the Pentz family at their lovely Cape West Coast wine farm near Darling to celebrate the launch of their first wines.
There was a buzz in the air because the maiden Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 1999 had just been awarded 4 stars in WINE magazine's annual Sauvignon blanc panel tasting. The Cape West Coast was being touted as the next best wine thing, particularly for cold-climate Sauvignon blanc. And Groote Post didn't disappoint, becoming a leading producer of Sauvignon blanc, and other wines. Now, ten years on, this professionally run wine estate has emerged as one of the most popular wine brands in the South African high-quality wine sector.

There'll be no party to celebrate this anniversary. The Groote Post team will quietly be getting on with what they do best - making good wine. Co-owner, Nick Pentz, says, "While it's comforting to reflect on our first decade in the wine business with a sense of satisfaction and achievement, ten years is a nano-second in wine's time line. We remain sharply focussed on continually tweaking our offering so that we stay ahead of our many followers' tastes."

Coinciding with the tenth anniversary, four new vintages are being released, all from the Groote Post range and all in its stylish new packaging. Lukas is thrilled with the 2009 harvest, "At Groote Post this vintage has produced some of the best white wines we've ever made, and the reds are showing very nicely too."

Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Chenin Blanc 2009
Unwooded Chardonnay 2009
Shiraz 2008

Groote Post is situated on the Darling Hills Road, near the village of Darling, a short distance from the chilly Atlantic Ocean, and only one hour's drive from Cape Town. Fun for the whole family includes:
  • Wine-tasting and sales
  • Lunch at Hilda's Kitchen
  • Jungle gym, farm animals and rolling lawns where children can play
  • Nature walks
  • Bird-watching
  • Game drives - 2,000-hectare game camp
  • Part of the famous West Coast spring flower route
Hilda's Kitchen: Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday (Booking essential)
Closed in July

Wine-tasting and sales: Open Monday - Friday: 08h00 - 17h00
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10h00 - 14h30

Contact: (022) 492-2825