The unique terroir combined with the ocean edge location allows the sea mist to hover, creating a natural cooling system from the hot African sun. This prompted perfect conditions for growing premium fruit that in turn would soon create wines of exceptional quality.
2013 saw South African Entrepreneur, Penny Streeter OBE and her family take ownership of the luxurious estate. Three years later, she appointed Johann Fourie as Head Winemaker of Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Together, they designed a state of the art 450-ton gravity fed cellar receiving its maiden harvest in February 2017.
Fourie's guidance has seen the facility dedicated to the pursuit of winemaking innovation and wine style evolution encompassing his philosophy:
“A wine you make becomes your unique influence, like a fingerprint, it will taste like nobody else’s” - Johann Fourie
Adding to the area’s wine tourism, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate has since created facilities to further enhance the experience. Visitors can expect a cosy tasting room, a restaurant, a barrel room for weddings and conferences, as well as an 18-hole adventure pirate golf facility for both family and team building events.
Benguela Cove was the first of five properties that Streeter acquired in order to create what is now known as the Benguela Collection - a collection of luxury high-end properties which deliver first class tourism experiences.
A fine dining haven for gourmands in the winelands. Experience Jean Delport’s sensational interpretation of French and English dishes whilst you dine in splendour or sip on fine wines in our vinotheque.
A five star luxury boutique hotel and spa in the Garden Route. With the picturesque backdrop of the Swartvlei Lake, it is the ideal tranquil and relaxing getaway.
Experience a winning combination of golf and wine, as the UK’s first golf estate to also feature its own winery – with the aim of becoming the proud producer of sparkling Sussex wine. Guests to the estate can experience wine tasting and pairings from the award-winning wines from Benguela Cove, as well as a South African twist from our dining restaurant and Spike Bar.
The Garden features a kaleidoscope of colour sweeping throughout grounds of the English countryside; with tea rooms, dining facilities and the famous Leonardslee House & Gardens Dolls Museum. The combination of parkland, lawn and forest land inhabits a rare colony of wallabies and a number of deer species who wander semi-freely throughout the estate.