• Justin Uncorked


Take a cruise to Benguela Cove in Hermanus this festive season and experience the magic yourself! You are in for the most memorable treat.

As the year is rapidly coming to an end, I took some time to reminisce on the most beautiful local places I got to visit and experience in 2019. Benguela Cove Estate is inevitably on top of my list and could easily be considered as one of the most beautiful wine estates in South Africa. You are in for a magical and enchanting ride even before you enter the building as 3 bold & colorful effervescent masks sculptures of Anton Smith's welcomes you! This is what I call "love at first sight". You will stop and stare in admiration. Simply amazing, simply WOW!

First, a complimentary glass of the soft and lingering Joie de Vivre Brut 2014 as you overlook the panoramic views of the Lagoon and surrounding mountains. Joie de Vivre means "The Exuberant Enjoyment of Life" which is the most fitting description for this MCC.

THE TASTING ROOM Benguela Cove's big and vibrant Tasting Room makes you feel like royalty. With artwork and sculptures perfectly positioned, chandeliers hanging from the roof and the elegant decor, you might think you're somewhere lost in heaven. The Tasting Room with its big window walls teases your wondering eyes with its tranquil views, giving you a glimpse of what you can expect when setting foot outside. Samarie, the Brand Business Manager gives the group a quick and extraordinary tour through the cellar, feeding us with the rich history of Benguela Cove and how it evolved into an award-winning wine producing estate.

THE ART GALLERY This leads us into the much anticipated Art Gallery where we met the passionate and energetic Gallery Manager who talked us through each of Anton's impeccable masterpieces and the meaning behind each one. It is really something you HAVE to experience yourself. Mind blowing!

MOODY LAGOON - THE RESTAURANT It is no surprise that chef Jean Delport, the second South African chef was awarded a Michelin Star. Chef Jean is heading up Restaurant Interlude in the UK. Chef Annie Badenhorst is the executive chef at Moody Lagoon. You are spoilt with mouthwatering (and affordable) options. Every plate that was presented was almost too pretty to touch and took "fine cuisine" to another level!

(Food images taken by Samarie Smith)

There are so many other activities to do including the Pontoon Cruise and tasting onboard | Vineyard Safari | Cellar Tour | Pirate Golf | Art Walk | Please ensure you take a full day when going on an excursion to Benguela Cove - half a day is just not enough to soak in all the magestic moments

To find out more:

General Enquiry

087 357 0637 | info@benguelacove.co.za | Fax: (+27) 086 096 7524

Book a Wine Tasting Experience

083 645 6198 | winesales@benguelacove.co.za

Available daily from 10:00 till 20:00

Moody Lagoon Restaurant

087 357 0637 | info@benguelacove.co.za

Wine Sales & Distribution

021 944 1041 | winesales@benguelacove.co.za

Website: https://www.benguelacove.co.za/

Here is the exciting part - you are not missing out on anything: BENGUELA COVE'S FESTIVE PLATTER


Santa at Benguela

Christmas is a dreamy time for all. Add a bit of fantasy glitter for the kids and bring them to enjoy the jolly Santa Claus himself. We have decked the walls with festive decorations and Christmas trees for the little ones to slip into their own festive bubble. The experience includes a gift and personalised photo with Santa. And remember, your little elves can always go for a round of adventure pirate golf on the estate if you need to do some last minute wine-browsing.

Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

When: 7- 8 December & 14 - 15 December

Cost: Tickets are available at the estate for R100 per child. Bookings are essential.

Carols by Candlelight

Did you know Carols by Candlelight is an annual tradition that originated in Australia in the 19th century? This tradition spread all over the world, each marking a time of giving and togetherness. Benguela Cove welcomes the Handevat Music project at the estate to perform the popular carols for you to sing along to. The aim of this project is to bring different cultural communities of Kleinmond and Hangklip together by working together in music concerts. Join the circle as the sun sets, blessed by the magical and natural surrounds, in support of this charity fundraising project. Ticket proceeds will go directly to the Handevat Music Project. Gourmet hotdogs, cold drinks and wine will be available throughout the show at our food trucks.

Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

When: 7 December, 7pm and 9pm

Cost: Tickets available at computicket or at the estate. R100 | Adults R50 | Children under 12

At home with Benguela Cove: Winemaker Luncheon Series

It has been a stellar year for Benguela Cove Wines and who better to tell the story than the cellar master himself: Johann Fourie. Benguela Cove is launching its winemaker luncheon series on 14 December that will give wine enthusiasts a chance to rub shoulders with the man himself who will gladly answer any wine question you may have. Join our long table for a delicious lunch and the opportunity to gather first handexperience as to why this cool region has become such a sought-after playground for winemakers in search of quality. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our brand home and to share every drop of this discovery with you.

When: 14 December 2019, 4 January 2020, 7 March 2020 and 4 April 2020

Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

Time: 12:00 – 15:00

Cost: R350, including a welcome drink, three course meal and paired wines

Christmas Eve Dinner

This must be one of the most special meals families are looking forward to every year. No doubt, chef Annie Bandenhorst’s spirited approach to cooking will evoke all that special feelings of love and togetherness, making you feel right at home. The experience starts with Breaking Bread, a sharing platter of cheese, meats and condiments, followed by Down in Yon Forest, a seasonal inspired salad. Hog the Herald Angels is Annie’s ode to slow roasted pork belly, concluding the experience with Layers of Joy to the World - a traditional trifle that will make your heart sing. The little ones are also catered for in a special kiddies menu that includes fish fingers, roast chicken and a chocolate brownie with all the fluffy extras.

Where: Moody lagoon Restaurant

When: 24 December, 6pm and 9pm

Cost: R600pp, including a welcome drink and Christmas cracker

Boxing Day Lunch

Boxing Day is a traditional public holiday following Christmas Day. The term “Christmas box” dates back to the 17th century. There are many meanings, but in Britain it was a custom for tradesmen to collect Christmas boxes on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. At Benguela Cove we continue to celebrate the gift of family and friends in a more laid back and jazzy atmosphere. Enjoy our lunch menu - including favourites like the pea and mushroom risotto, whiskey marinated chicken breast burgers, salads, platters and home-made ice cream. The sounds of Piano Ben, a local artist, will add the notes for you to unwind. With an added array of activities like Wine Tasting & Pairings, Cellar Tours, a Vineyard Safari, Boat Cruise, Adventure Golf and Splash, be assured there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon WIne Estate

When: 26 December 12 - 3pm  


New Year’s Eve party 2019

Wanna rock you new year? Join us for a proper Rock n Roll party! Join us at Benguela Cove as the sun sets on the final eve of 2019. The magical surround alone is worth celebrating but we will make sure that that the evening holds buckets of fun. Dance the night away under the stars while feasting on tasty gourmet platters and flying canapés. The popular tribute band Cloud 9 is no stranger to those who love rock n roll and they promise to bring all your favourite classics to wrap up the year and greet 2020 in style.

Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

When: 31 December 6pm

Cost: R800 pp, including food and a glass of MCC at midnight. Booking essential

New Year’s Day Brunch

Chef Annie Badenhorst’s Brunch Menu is officially a favourite in our part of the world. Visitors flock to the estate to experience her combinations of flavours and textures, enough to kickstart your day, and your year! The soothing voice and jazz repertoire of artist Ethan Florus will ease you into a relaxing first day of 2020 while you are enjoying one of chef Annie’s brunch items like: savory sourdough, poached eggs, chorizo jam and gruyere espuma; or a healthy coconut and almond chai bowl with seasonal fruit to name a few.

Where: Moody Lagoon Restaurant

When: 1 January, 11:00 - 14:00

Until next time,

Justin Uncorked

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