Tourists should – minding good reason – be taken as close as possible to where they want to be. Today, the visitor wants to be part of the experience. We do not just want to sit by and watch. Most visitors to wineries would like to be right in the vineyards amongst the vines. Overberg winery Benguela Cove is doing exactly this. Situated between Bot River and Hermanus this winery is a hive of activity with a cellar and restaurant built as I type, a pop-up restaurant in their Manor House and a newly added vineyard safari to their product list.
For R250 per person you can book your seat on a safari vehicle and very capable guide, Matthew, will lead you through a tasting of four different wines. Slap bang in the 75 hectares of vineyards where 12 varieties of wine grapes are grown. Drive, stop, taste, experience and repreat. The white wines are kept chilled and the reds are temperature controlled throughout the vineyard safari. All perfect for sipping.
Return to the tasting room and enjoy a charcuterie platter or opt for the chocolate pairing while watching the scenic landscape. Finer dining is prepared by Chef Annie at the Manor House. This can all be done in a day’s play.