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01 November 2023

Benguela Cove was awarded both the Best Producer and Vertex Trophy for Best Wine awards.

Exciting news from the Veritas Awards 2023! Benguela Cove Wine Estate shines with both Top Achiever and the esteemed Duimpie Bayly Vertex Trophy for 'Best Wine on Show'.

Joie de Vivre stands out by: Earning Double Gold
Achieving a distinguished trifecta from our 2017-2019 vintages

Further honours include:

  • Benguela Cove Vinography Sauvignon Blanc 2022 - Double Gold
  • Benguela Cove Vinography Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 - Double Gold
  • Benguela Cove Estate Collage 2021 - Gold
  • Benguela Cove Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 - Gold

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In their 25th edition, the Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards winners were announced at the 2024 awards ceremony. The Best Of Wine Tourism Awards recognises wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s member cities for the excellence of their facilities, in seven different categories, from art and culture to sustainable wine tourism.

The Wine Tourism Ambassador Awards celebrate ongoing transformation, innovative sustainable practices, and authentic experiences in the South African wine tourism sector.  Wesgro, the official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, is the custodian of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network membership on behalf of the wine tourism regions of the province.

The winners of the 2024 Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism & Ambassador Awards, aimed at celebrating innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the Western Cape, were announced at the beautiful Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus.  A total of 81 wine estates across the Western Cape entered the Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2024, all showcasing how they are elevating their wine tourism experiences for visitors, illustrating their region's rich culture, history, and wine heritage, and demonstrating their innovation and sustainability efforts.

The judging process entailed an in-depth review process, with applicants being evaluated and shortlisted based on their submitted application forms. The final decision was then made by a total of thirteen judges - a panel of seven wine tourism expert judges, three Wine Tourism Ambassador Award judges and three roving judges.

To ensure a fair and thorough assessment, the expert judges conducted ghost site visits to all shortlisted wineries, allowing for an unbiased evaluation of the wine tourism experiences offered by each nominee.

At the end of September the panel of expert judges and roving judges convened to present their findings and determine the winners in each category. The process involved a careful consideration of various factors, including the quality of wine offerings, visitor experiences, sustainability initiatives, and overall excellence in wine tourism.

Winners of the Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2024:

  • Accommodation | Winner: Brookdale Estate
  • Wine Tourism Restaurants : Winner: Jordan Wines
  • Wine Tourism Services | Winner: Creation Wines
  • Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices | Winner: Vergelegen Wine Estate
  • Architecture and Landscape |Winner: Ernie Els Wines
  • Art and Culture | Winner: Creation Wines
  • Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences |Winner: Benguela Cove

Benguela Cove Winemaker Shortlisted for Diners Club Award

Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate winemaker Michelle Waldeck is one of six talented wine professionals, under the age of 30, shortlisted for the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year award. She is nominated for the estate’s 2019 Benguela Cove Catalina Sémillon, a single-vineyard wine that encapsulates the cool-climate elegance of the Walker Bay region. The winner will be announced at an awards event on 14th November at the Arabella Hotel, Hermanus.

“This nomination reflects the dedication of our whole team at Benguela Cove. I’m especially grateful to my mentor, head winemaker Johann Fourie, and estate owner Penny Streeter for their guidance and for giving me the opportunity to grow as a winemaker here,” says Waldeck.

Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove

Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove

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Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove is set 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...