Benguela Cove recreate South African style wine tourism experience in the UK

By Admin | 8 May 2017

Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate

When you visit the South African winelands, it's not hard to find activities to enjoy before you set about tasting wine and taking in spectacular views over a delicious lunch.  Now, you don't need to travel all the way to South Africa to experience the hospitality and experience offered on vineyards in the Cape. Entrepreneur, Penny Streeter OBE, is bringing the experience to you. As the owner of Benguela Cove, a vineyard in Hermanus (the Walker Bay region of South Africa), Penny decided to buy Mannings Heath Golf Club to develop it into the UK's first golf and wine estate, with wine tastings and pairings.

The 100 year old clubhouse at Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate features a new restaurant and wine tasting bar, hosting wine-themed events including food pairings with chocolate and cheese, open to the public all year round. 

One of the club's two 18 hole golf courses was converted to a 9 hole course last year to make space for a new vineyard. There are currently 38,000 vines planted (one by Wines of South Africa!) on the 20 acre site with a further 16,000 vines to be planted in 2018. The variaties planted, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, will produce sparkling wine at Mannings Heath. A new winery which is due to be built on the estate will take a planned production of 150 tonnes of grapes in 2020, where South African winemaker, Johan Fourie, will oversee the cellar and production of sparkling wine. 

Whilst we won't be able to taste the wines until 2023, visitors to the Estate will be able to enjoy wines from their South African vineyard, Benguela Cove, at Mannings Heath.

We were lucky enough to visit Mannings Heath to help plant the first vines last month. We were treated to a six course tasting menu, prepared by their Head Chef, Nick McAllister. It was a deliciously spectacular menu, cooked to perfection. Nick has a wealth of experience having worked in Michelin Star restaurants across London and if you watched the latest series of MasterChef closely, you may have seen him pop up on screen to help a contestant who was a little apprehensive! 

I'd be happy to just taste the Benguela Cove wines and enjoy a delicious lunch whilst taking in beautiful views and the stunning grounds but if you do play golf, the facilities and golf courses are excellent.  

Find out more about Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate here.

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