The concept of a vineyard in Strandfontein still prevailed in the family's mind, especially after Jan also acquired his winemakers' diploma at Elsenburg in 1990. Once a reliable water supply was secured in the area by building a pipeline and bringing water for 29,5km from Vredendal to Strandfontein, Fryer’s Cove was established by the shareholders, Jan Ponk Trust, PW Hamman and the Laubscher-brothers, Jan and Pieter from the Sandveld. The company took its name from the original Fryer's Cove which was named after the first commercial farmer in the area, a British settler named Richard Fryer.
The Fryer's Cove Vineyards are located about eight hundred and twenty meters from the Atlantic Ocean and therefore benefits from its cool ocean breeze. Jan deals with the management of the vineyards and the business. The vineyards are divided into 4ha Sauvignon Blanc, 1ha Pinot Noir and 1ha Merlot. The outstanding flavour components in the wines are achieved by the drawn out ripening period of the grapes, which is due to the area's cool climate and adequate sunshine.
The vineyard has proved successful since day one. The height above sea level varies from 15m - 40m. The soil consits of a red sandy upper layer with lots of limestone in the lower layers and even some seashells.
Anthony Byrne Fine Wines Ltd. Registered in England and Wales with company number 01713692.