Sometimes in life it’s necessary to go off the beaten track. This is where the interesting stuff can be found. 

Groote Post is located about an hour out of Cape Town up the West Coast and near the small town of Darling and forms part of the small but special Darling Wine Route. The terroir and the farm’s location  – which is only 7km’s from the cold Atlantic ocean, is what creates perfect conditions for the making of Sauvignon Blanc and the Darling Hills are home to some of the best viticulture sites in South Africa.

I have been drinking and loving Groote Post wines for many years and have always wanted to visit the farm.  The opportunity finally came about when my friend Christopher Cosgrove (who is a wine guru and the chairman of my old wine club Cellar Rats in Joburg), and I were heading off to the Swartland Revolution weekend. We thought we would swing past and say hello to one of my favourite winemakers, sip his bubbly and see the farm for the first time.

my groote post cellar rats tasting notes from 2007

I stumbled across these tasting notes from a Groote Post tasting at Cellar Rats in 2007.  I loved the wines then and scored them very highly.  And yes my handwriting is beyond abominable.

generous starters in a rustic farm restaurant

I found the rusticness of Groote Post refreshing and felt in a way like I had stepped back in time. Hilda’s Kitchen (voted in the top 10 country-style restaurants in 2012 eat Out awards) is situated in the old manor house and booking is essential. The food is delicious country cuisine, and after sampling 9 dishes I can highly recommend that you make Groote Post a destination for a day trip.

a lovely lunch with extremely generous portions in a late 18th-century building that is a national monument

We enjoyed both the Groote Post Old Mans Sparkle MCC and Luka’s own MCC, Aurelia which is one of my favourite SA sparkling wines.

The Riesling stood out as did the GP Reserve Sauvignon Blanc which had good minerality, was well-balanced with nice soft acid. Their multi-award-winning Shiraz is a showstopper. So really for me, Groote Post wines hit the trifecta of my favourites (Bubbly, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz).

a sweet ending and delightful service from longstanding staff member Sara

Lovely desserts to the round off a fabulous meal with fabulous wines and the company of Lukas Wentzel. I can’t wait to go back.


Tel: +27.224922825   Fax: +27.224922693

Email: [email protected]   Website:
P.O. Box 103 , Darling, 7345, South Africa

Booking is essential for the restaurant which is:

Open for lunch only – Wednesday to Sunday
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Closed on Christmas day, New year’s day and Good Friday
Dinner by arrangement

Visit the website for directions and any other information.  We decided to use GPS to get to the farm and landed up taking a very unusual route directly through Atlantis (which I don’t recommend).  So consult a map too.





  1. Love the write up Sam! We spent a great afternoon there a few months ago, but only tasted wine. Your photos of the food makes me think another trip for lunch is in order.

  2. Sam

    Thanks Hennie and I see that Hilda’s Kitchen was voted in the top 10 best country restaurants in the 2012 Eat Out Awards. Defs worth making a day trip

  3. Hi Sam,
    I am such a Drizzle and Dip fan so what a wonderful suprise it was to hear you visited my family’s Wine Farm : Groote Post! The “Old Man” is my dad! I am so pleased to hear you had a great time there. Out of interest, I have a small restaurant/ coffee shop and your recipies have proved so useful to me! Thanks so much for a wonderful page….

  4. Sam

    Hi Di Thanks for the kind words and I am so glad to hear you like Drizzle and Dip. I totally loved our time on Groote Post. What a special place and lucky that its your family farm 🙂

  5. I too agree on both aspects of your post. My wife and I visited Groote Post a couple of years ago on our way to Paternoster from our home in Franschhoek. We had an amazing lunch and tasted some spectacular wines. I also am a follower of Drizzle and Dip and find it very interesting and informative. While at Groote Post one of the wait staff mistook me to say that I was the singer Rodriguez, because my sir name is Rodriguez. This threw her into a tizzy, scrambling to organize someone to rush home and fetch a camera only for me to tell her that I was just another satisfied customer, and not the famous singer she thought I was. We had a great time with the other staff members with her misunderstanding, unfortunately at her expense. It was a fun afternoon with great food service and wine. Although a bit off the beaten path worth the drive.

  6. Sam

    What an interesting story Frank, and thanks for the kind words. Sam

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