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THE FRYER'S COVE FAMILY

THE DORINGBAY COMMUNITY

We remain focused on growth to the benefit of the Doringbay community. The people who have made their living off this land for generations are part of the extended Fryer’s Cove family and that is why our expansion drives are targeted at areas like the Doringbay harbour.The formerly dilapidated harbour now hosts the only ocean level wine cellar and tasting locale that we know of in Africa, and perhaps the world. We trust that renewal projects like this will play a major role in the resurgence of a struggling community.

JAN VAN ZYL
Viticulturist and Founder

Jan was born in Vredendal in 1967 and grew up on the family wine farm. He attended the primary school in Vredendal and matriculated High-school in Boland Landbou in Paarl in 1985. After the army, he attended Elsenburg from 1988 to 1990 and started farming in 1990. Jan planted the first vineyards for Fryer’s Cove in 1999.

PONK VAN ZYL
The Firefighting Farmer

Johannes Gideon (Ponk) van Zyl was born on 25 October 1935 in Vredendal. He was raised on the family farm called Draaihoek. After matriculating at age 17, he couldn’t return to the family farm as he started working in Potchefstroom as a bank teller, and later a municipal official where he acted as both an ambulance driver and a fireman. From 1958 to 1959 he studied at Elsenburg and at last started farming on the family’s farm at the end of 1959. He married Louise Beyers and had three children: Hazel, Jan and Margaretha. Ponk farms to this very day at age 82 (2018) and was directly involved with the founding of Fryer’s Cove.

LIZA GOODWIN
Wine Maker / General Manager

Liza Goodwin is the Winemaker and General Manager. Liza has many years’ experience in the winemaking industry, she is super passionate about Sauvignon Blanc and crafting unique and interesting wines from this varietal. Liza has always had a passion for wine and has wanted to be a winemaker for as long as she can remember.

Liza loves 70’s and 80’s music which can be heard on loop, especially during harvest. She confesses that she simply cannot live without a coffee machine, or at least a kettle close by. She has two children and two furr babies, and in her time away from the Cellar you will find Liza on her mountain bike, cooking, and spending quality time with her family. 

GRAATJIE - THE ONE AND ONLY
Administrator

Graatjie started at Fryer’s Cove in 2011 on a part time bases working in the tasting room, when the cellar moved to the old fish factory . Shortly there after, she was permanently employed and started helping out with administration. Now, fully involved with administration, Graatjie is the back bone of Fryer’s Cove.

SHANICE BEUKES
Front of House / Tasting Room

Shanice, was born and raised in Cape Town. After matriculating in 2011 she went to Northlink collage to study marketing management for 18 months. After her 18 months of theory, she chose Doringbaai to do her practical. She has known Doringbay her whole life and her family remains there to this day. Doringbay has always been her second home.

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