The wine growing region Olifants River is one of the most northerly wine regions in South Africa's Western Cape. The area stretches for a length of no less than 145 kilometers, from Lutzville in the north to Citrusdal in the south. Because mesoclimates and soils differ considerably, there are very different terroirs to be found and a great diversity of wines can be made.
The cool climate areas close to the coast, such as the ward Bamboo Bay where our winery Fryer's Cove is located, are for example very suitable for sauvignon blanc white wines. More to the east, inland, there is an elevated ward called Piekenierskloof in the mountains of Citrusdal.
Until recently, the only wine region of significance in the north of the Western Cape Cederberg was the good wines of the eponymous wine. But with the increased interest in old, non-irrigated vineyards (initiatives by Rosa Kruger and Eben Sadie), more and more remote areas have come under the radar of wine producers. A good example is Piekenierskloof. Partly because of the location of 500 to 800 meters above sea level it is a lot cooler than in Citrusdal itself and there is more rainfall, just enough for old 'bosstokke' or bushvines, for example from grenache noir and chenin blanc.