Spending the day at Benguela Cove Lagoon
It’s a sunny Friday morning and we’re on our way to Benguela Cove in Hermanus. The drive there is short, it takes about 1.5 hours to arrive from Cape Town. When we arrive at the wine estate, the first thing I notice is the quiet and peaceful atmosphere which is exactly what I need today: a relaxing experience out of the busy city, enchanted by water, the vineyards and good food and wine. Today I will be speaking about my recent visit to Benguela Cove with the ladies from #TravelChatSA.
Vineyard Safari and Wine Tasting
After a short orientation around the tasting room, we started our journey on the Safari. Our friendly tour guide Joseph, explained the history of the Benguela Cove, the different cultivars and the magnificent wine estate, which host 20 luxury apartments on it. Benguela Cove is 200-hectares in size. Joseph drives us through the vineyard to the boathouse where we are set to have a wine tasting experience on the Lagoon. This where the fun began.
Wine Tasting on the Lagoon
The weather was perfect for a ride out on the glistening lagoon, whilst enjoying 2 varietals (red and white) of Benguela Cove wine on the jetty. Our journey started at the bay, from there we were transported to Sandown Bay. Whilst wine tasting on Lady Bonnie, we were surrounded by majestic mountains and even managed to see wild horses running freely on the bay. The Botriver lagoon is a natural lagoon filled with fish and birdlife. Our journey to Sandown Bay was so much fun! Joseph and his colleague allowed us to get off the jetty for a stop on the beach, where we enjoyed more wine. After taking pictures on the beach and playing in the sand, we headed back to Benguela Cove for lunch. If you’re visiting Benguela Cove during the holidays, make sure you book a wine tasting experience on the lagoon, it’s a magical experience!
The Food and Wine experience
After arriving at the boathouse, Joseph transported us to Manor House on the Benguela Cove Wine Estate where we enjoyed a 3 course meal paired with wine.
Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove is located in the heart of the Benguela Cove winery complex, the restaurant is in an elevated setting with expansive views of the lagoon and the Atlantic ocean.
The entrance at Moody Lagoon is magnificent, the first thing that struck my eye was the huge Lionel Smit art piece at the entrance of the restaurant. The entire restaurant is filled with unique art pieces, creating an ambiance of elegance and sophistication. I was quite impressed! The manager informed us that the restaurant will move to the entrance of Benguela Cove, with a more trendy atmosphere suited for everyone. The overall food and wine experience was exceptional. We enjoyed a 3 course meal with sides on the table. I chose the colours of beetroot, grapefruit with minted yogurt for starters. A refreshing, light and delicious starter to start our food and wine experience. The sweetness of the beetroot worked well with the bittiness of the grapefruit. I particularly enjoyed the minted yogurt which left a lingering refreshing taste on my palate.
After enjoying the views outside, we were presented with mains: beef sirloin, celeriac puree, charred corn and parsnip with cumin jus. Not only was the main meal pleasing to my eyes, but it was downright delicious! The sirloin was cooked to perfection, with a beautiful tender charred finish. I really enjoyed the cumin jus (cumin is my favourite spice) with the charred corn. Everything was well-balanced and delicious! We were also presented with sides and a salad for the table.
Our food and wine pairing ended on a sweet note with chardonnay roasted pears, smoked honey ice-cream, lavender and bee pollen. To date, the smoked honey ice-cream was the best I’ve ever had! What a beautiful dessert with the perfect balance of flavours and textures! I will drive back to Hermanus for that smoked honey ice-cream!
I highly recommend visiting Benguela Cove. Wine tasting on the lagoon and dining at the Manor House is a must for all food and wine lovers. Benguela Cove is in the process of making renovations, therefore the restaurant and conference will move to the entrance of the wine estate from 14 December 2017.
Have you been to Benguela Cove? What’s your favourite wine estate in Hermanus?
Love and light,