Former dairy farmer Peter Pentz had enough of getting up at 4 am to milk his cows, so together with his son, Nick, he turned instead to wine farming at Groote Post Vineyard. Groote Post fans couldn't be happier. The large, environmentally sensitive winery got off to a fantastic start when its maiden 1999 sauvignon blanc was judged one of the best in the Cape, and Groote Post has been garnering awards ever since. Try the delicate 2008 sauvignon blanc, or the 2008 merlot
with hints of chocolate and berries. There are no cellar tours. The restaurant, Hilda's Kitchen, is a really excellent choice for lunch. Regulars have been known to want to punch the chef if the Old Man's Steak Roll with its secret sauce isn't on the menu! A large portion of the farm has been left uncultivated and is covered with endangered renosterveld (literally, "rhino vegetation" in Afrikaans), which is found only in this area. These scrubby bushes might not look like much, but in the past they used to support large herds of game. Because the vegetation grows in fertile soil, a lot of renosterveld has been lost to agriculture. It's also very susceptible to fire and is the most endangered vegetation type in the Cape floral kingdom. Groote Post has introduced game drives through this unique vegetation for groups of 6 to 10 people. The drives are usually run by the charismatic owner, Peter, and last between one and two hours. Advanced bookings are essential for these drives and cost R100 per person.
Off R307, Darling, 7345, South Africa