Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate
About Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate
“The Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, Hermanus, Cape Town, South Africa
The 210 hectare estate is low density (124 residential plots) and comprises over 70 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields with views across one of South Africa’s largest lagoons and the important nature reserve Kogelberg World Biosphere.
1. The Estate
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is a boutique wine farm and exclusive residential estate located on the beautiful lagoon at Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa – just 60 minutes by road from Cape Town International Airport.
Residents on the wine estate, with its rare waterfront position, have captivating views over the lagoon to the Palmeit Mountains and the Kogelberg Biosphere nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The 200 hectares of farmland on the estate include 70 hectares planted to vines. Residents receive an annual allocation of wine and extra virgin olive oil – and there are tastings and related social activities on site from which to choose.
Sharing the estate with the residents is the 80 hectare private wildlife reserve – Grey Rhebok, Duiker, Grysbok and other indigenous game roam freely through the protected Renosterveld Nature Reserve.
The idyllic lifestyle of the wine farm and lagoon, and excellent security protection, attracts new residents from South Africa, Europe and beyond who want to restore balance to their working lives.
The estate is in close proximity to the historic Hermanus with its range of shops, medical centres, hospitals and a good private school
2. The Lifestyle
The prime waterfront locations have stunning views, set amongst vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields, looking out over the Indian Ocean and distant mountains.
The residential plan for Benguela Cove was designed by leading urban architects DHK to capture the essence of the unique rural location and panoramic views at Benguela Cove. Each mansion combines both built and natural fabrics, to provide a charming, rustic character. The available plots offer the opportunity to build the home of your dreams within the architectural guidelines.
The wide range of sporting activities available exclusively to residents and their guests includes: cycling, sailing and water sports, as well as angling and bird watching. The estate is also just 10 minutes’ drive from the world class Arabella Golf Club.
A 7 km trail and cycle track weaves through the estate’s vineyards and the nature reserve, over some challenging hills for cyclists and runners or take the beautiful coastal path.
There is also a private jetty and launch ramp in the enclosed lagoon that enjoys protection from the sea by a sand bar that is only occasionally breached.
3. The Wine
The quality of the wines from Benguela Cove’s vineyards benefits from the unique conditions of the estate’s location at the ocean’s edge, on the southern coast of South Africa.
The south-easterly sea breeze is chilled by the Benguela Current flowing up from Antarctica, to cool the grapes at night after the warm summer days, irrigated by above-average rainfall, for perfect viniculture.
The vineyards planted across the estate are young and have already asserted the supreme quality of the terroir with a series of awards. These exceptional conditions and the skills of the winemaker create our superb white cultivars Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay – and reds, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Mourvèdre.
The estate benefits from major investment by the new owners in wine making and cultivation. This is a family with a new vision for Benguela Cove: to establish the estate’s red and white cultivars over the coming years as South Africa’ premier quality wine.
Benguela Cove Wine Tastings – Explore – Learn – Meet – Relax – Enjoy
Find out about our range of tastings at Benguela Cove Wine Estate – open seven days a week – at one of the region’s outstanding wine destinations. It is at the start of the renowned Hermanus Wine Route, a member of the Bot River Winegrowers Association.