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Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus

Sample award‐winning wines and decadent pairings coupled with spectacular views at this luxurious wine and residential estate in the Western Cape

There are very few locations that offer majestic mountainous views coupled with tranquil shorelines and unspoiled vegetation while nestled between rows of vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields. Such a setting sounds almost unreal, doesn’t it? Well, think again.

Approximately 100‐kms from Cape Town, located in the Walker Bay region of Hermanus sits Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Surrounded by the magnificent Palmiet Mountains and overlooking the Bot River Lagoon, the opulent residential wine, olive and lavender farm is a world‐class winelands destination. Owned by Penny Streeter OBE and Nick Rea, who acquired the estate in December 2013, Benguela Cove comprises 220 hectares of luxury working farm development encompassing vineyards, olive trees and lavender fields as well as direct lagoon access and beach frontage. Set within the Renosterveld nature reserve sitting directly opposite the Kogelberg Biosphere, Benguela Cove is the epitome of luxury and natural beauty.

Our Benguela Cove journey begins at the estates Tasting Room. Elegant and tasteful, the stylish venue is alluring, boasting a contemporary yet comforting atmosphere. The building’s open truss ceiling and large windows facing onto the patio and man‐made tarn just beyond further contributes to its charm. Entering the room, we are met by friendly faces and easy smiles and are quickly ushered inside the warm space to escape the outside winter chill.

The décor has a relaxed air of sophistication: white leather chairs stand tall against high wooden tables graced with wild proteas while comfy armchairs and coffee tables have been strategically positioned in front of the roaring fireplace – a definite winner during the wintery months. Offering both inside and outside seating arrangements, visitors are given the opportunity to revel in the estate’s majestic setting from the outdoor patio or grass area as well as from inside the comfortable tasting space. Being a little chilly today, my partner and I take our seats right in front of the cosy hearth excited for what our Benguela Cove experience will reveal.

Our tasting is led by Tracey Fourie and begins with the Benguela Cove Cheese and Wine pairing. The pairing comprises five cheeses expertly combined with five of the estate’s finest vintages – Benguela Cove has a total of 14 wines on offer. We are told that the selection of local and international cheeses was curated by Jean Delport, who is the executive chef at Benguela on Main, to accentuate and compliment the exquisite Benguela Cove wines.

The pairing starts with the estate’s Sauvignon Blanc teamed with a local caciotta cheese sourced from Darling, a small farming town on the west coast region. Knowledgably, Tracey explains the wine’s aroma and flavour that we should pick up on ours noses and palates seamlessly moving onto its partnered diary product explaining its origin, taste and textures. We are instructed to have a sip of our wine (this allows you to experience the vino with a clean palate) and then to taste the cheese. After which you take another sip of wine to see how the flavours interact with one another and daringly change.

And truly what a culinary experience it is. I am instantly taken in by the adjustment of flavour in the wine before and after the cheese and am in awe of how the bold and modern tastes skilfully dance around the palate. Expertly Tracey continues to guide us through the different pairings passionately imparting her extensive vino (and cheese) knowledge with us. Other delectable combos we taste include Benguela Cove’s Chardonnay served with a local matured boerenkaas from Cullinan, Benguela Cove’s Pinot Noir alongside a local Karoo crumble, Matilda’s Secret paired with an international Cremona blue cheese from Denmark and last but certainly not least, Benguela Cove’s Shiraz complimented by a local phantom forest cheese from Benoni.

The pairing is generous and satisfying and afterwards we happily laze back in our comfy seats enjoying the warmth of the fire. But our experience is far from over. To end off our visit in true indulgent‐style, Tracey further treats us to the estate’s decadent Millionaires Tasting Experience. The pairing sees Benguela Cove’s Noble Late Harvest and Matilda Secret’s natural sweet wine each combined with a gorgeous multi‐layered artisan dark chocolate, gooey toffee caramel and crumbly Millionaire shortbread – also created by the esteemed executive chef – and is unsurprisingly another delightful marriage of textures and flavours.

A true definition of opulence, leaving the majestic estate and its impeccable setting is not an easy task in itself and you can’t help but keep an eye on the rearview mirror as Benguela Cove slowly disappears into the distance. We may be leaving now, but there is no doubt we will be returning soon to revisit this luxurious Hermanus winelands destination.

Benguela Cove Manor House
While visiting, we were also privileged to walk through the estate’s extravagant Manor House (as well as the owner’s private vacation home). Comprising 13 bedrooms en‐suite including two honeymoon suites, a cinema, fully equipped indoor gym and heated pool as well as a library, man cave and bar area (amongst many other incredible features), the grand space – and definite focal point of the estate – doesn’t have to do much to stand out. Showcasing awe‐inspiring panoramic views of the ocean, lagoon and mountains there is little that can be considered more beautiful.

What’s more, the Manor House (as well as Agriculture Buildings which can accommodate approximately 200 people) can be hired for various events and functions. The estate’s events team will assist in all aspects of the function and a member of the team will be on hand throughout the event. Ideal for weddings, year‐end functions, photo shoots as well as corporate events, the lavish space is not only breathtakingly beautiful but is also unique and exclusive ensuring your event to be an unforgettable one. For more information, rates and enquires please contact the estate directly: +27 (0) 83 645 6198 | +27 (0) 21 944 1041.

Benguela Cove Residential Property and Development
In addition, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate also has 124 residential opportunities. Billed as one of the lowest density lifestyle estates in the country, the estate prides itself in creating the ideal balance between extravagant estate living and capturing the true essence of its unspoiled nature. Estate features include a private jetty and deep water launch ramp, a communal swimming pool, tennis court, boules and basketball courts as well as an 11‐km walkway through the vineyards situated within the estate ideal for walking, running or cycling. For more information, contact Louise Varga – Pam Golding Branch Manager – on +27 (0) 82 552 4118, or email louise.varga@pamgolding.co.za.

NOTE: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is currently under construction and building is taking place behind the Tasting Room. What’s more, the estate’s restaurant is also currently closed while the new tourism centre is being built (which will include a fine dining restaurant, conference facilities, wine tasting facilities, wine cellar and delicatessen). During this time, however, the wine farm’s POP‐UP restaurant will be situated for a few months within the impressive Manor House. Please note the restaurant is a POP‐UP eatery and therefore not always open. Please contact the estate directly to find out more information and the trading dates: +27 (0) 87 357 0637.

Benguela Cove Private Vineyard Tour:

Enjoy a private tour of the stunning location as one of the experienced wine ambassadors takes you on a guided tour of the Benguela Cove Estate and vineyards. You will enjoy a tasting session of five wines whilst overlooking the spectacular views of the lagoon from the vineyards. You will then be treated to a magnificent three-course gourmet meal (lunch or dinner) at the Manor House complimented with the award winning estate wines. The private tour can accommodate up to nine people, and will take two to three hours to complete at a cost of R700p/p (which includes the wine tasting and meal).

The Bill: Cheese and Charcuterie Board (serves two people): R180 | Cheese and Wine Pairing (serves one person): R110 | Chocolate and Wine Pairing (serves one person): R95 | Millionaires Tasting Experience (serves one person): With Two Wines: R50 | With One Wine: R35 | Wine Tasting of Five Wines (serves one person): R50

*Cheeses may vary from time to time due to availability.

Opening Hours: Tasting Room: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm | Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am – 4pm

Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate | R43 | Bot River Lagoon | Hermanus | +27 (0) 83 645 6198 | info@benguelacove.co.za

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Join Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate every last day of the week for their Love Wine Sundays. You might also want to check out the Benguela Brasserie and Restaurant located at the Lakeside Lodge and Spa in Sedgefield.

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