Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Hermanus lies the lifestyle estate, Benguela Cove, surrounded by water, mountains, vineyards, olive trees and lavender fields.
The vineyard position is unique, at the edge of the southern coast of South Africa. The south-easterly sea breeze is chilled by the Benguela Current flowing up from Antarctica, cooling the grapes during the sunny growing season.
Johann Fourie is their head winemaker and is one of the foremost experts on winemaking and viticulture in South Africa:
“Our brief is quite simple; to combine the best efforts of earth and man to produce beautiful wines.”
An unexpected stop along my scouting route turned out to be the best discovery of the day. Benguela Cove is a new vineyards, absolutely breathtaking. Walker Bay is known for Pinot noir and Chardonnay and that’s the wines I selected from this estate.