When Peter and Nick Pentz set out to establish their vineyards, they identified 1000 hectares as potential sites for quality vineyards. However, they eventually settled on the best 120 hectares available and embarked on a 14-year planting programme. 100 Hectares have been planted to date. Their philosophy has been carried through to the cellar where only the best will be vinified with the remaining grapes being sold off.Plan my trip to Darling with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
Vineyard plantings are all on the south-facing upper slopes of the Kapokberg in the Darling Hills overlooking the icy Atlantic Ocean. Altitudes of the vineyards vary from 200m to 450m above sea leve. The prevailing summer southeasterly winds keep the vineyards cool throughout the warm summer months. The effect of these cooling winds is amply illustrated by the fact that Groote Post harvest their Sauvignon Blanc 3 to 4 weeks later than they do down in the Darling and Malmesbury areas. Soils are deep with good water retention qualities. No irrigation is used and annual rainfall averages 480mm per annum. Viticultural consultant Johan Pienaar has overseen the vineyard developments.
When the initial plantings were ready for harvesting, they were sold to nearby Darling Cellars, whose cellarmaster, Abé Beukes, always vinified their grapes separately, until the blending stage. The wine exceeded Peter and Nicks expectations and the decision was made to fast-track the construction of a cellar in time for the 1999 harvest. The 300-ton capacity cellar was built in a restored historic fort (guarding post) on the Klawer Valley farm. Their aim is clear - to maximise the potential of their outstanding terroir and produce wines of the highest quality.
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Groote Post Winery reviews
Went for a wine tasting before lunch. What a beautiful experience enjoyed by all. And our host was so much fun and made it so memorable. Thank you
Went for a wine tasting before lunch. What a beautiful experience enjoyed by all. And our host was so much fun and made it so memorable. Thank you more »
A fabulous meal at Hilda’s restaurant was amazing for three of us. We all had menu envy as we would have loved to eat each other’s meal. Merlot was superb. Went to winery to buy some merlot and met...
A fabulous meal at Hilda’s restaurant was amazing for three of us. We all had menu envy as we would have loved to eat each other’s meal. Merlot was superb. Went to winery to buy some merlot and met... more »
Groote Post located on-top of a granite kop in the Darling Hills is a veritable oasis amongst the fynbos flora of the dry West Coast microclimate. Vines are grown on decomposed acidic granite soils..... more
Groote Post located on-top of a granite kop in the Darling Hills is a veritable oasis amongst the fynbos flora of the dry West Coast microclimate. Vines are grown on decomposed acidic granite soils..... more »
We were invited here for a wedding with about 40 guests. Lovely venu on the farm. We had an outdoor wedding seromany under the trees that was awesome. A buffet lunch was served which was a good spread and very tasty. Puddings were also great. Great experience and highly recommended.
We had lunch on Sunday at this quaint oasis near Darling Hilda’s restaurant on the Groote Post estate. The food was delicious fresh interesting lovely to look at and taste lots of vegetarian options I chose two starters the farm fresh salad full of yummy goodness with taste and the arancini also great! Service efficient but maybe the staff could know a bit more about the estate. Also it would be nice to have the option of wine by the glass as it is the estate wine. Thanks for a super day out !!
Lovely wine tasting served in a beautiful setting. The drive in on a rural sort of road but definitely worth the trip.
Located in quiet a remote rural part of darling with a bit of an off road drive... This venue has a few options of game drives through the farm, wine tasting and offcourse the famous restaurant... We did not eat here but did the wine tasting which is quite cheap at R30...there are Red and white wines to taste...
Very nice road and scenery. Hearty beautiful meal. Good service and great wine. We had a very enjoyable Sunday lunch.
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