WWF Champion Award -Benguela Cove
The WWF has awarded the Certificate of Excellence to Benguela Cove Lagoon WIne Estate “for exceptional commitment to the collective conservation of threatened habitat in the Succulent Karoo and Floral Cape Kingdom as well as outstanding dedication to environmentally-responsible farming practices”.
Benguela Cove is a leading world ecotourism destination within the UNESCO-designated Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
Visitors to the family-owned estate, which is located on the edge of the Atlantic coastline and Bot River lagoon, can enjoy panoramic views of the Whale Coast, Palmiet mountains, and abundant wildlife. Many endangered species can be spotted, such as the Blue Crane and the Cape Honeybee, which is an important pollinator in our farming landscapes.
There are pontoon wine tastings and tours of the lagoon and vineyards so that visitors can see the vineyard's continued adherence to the standards advocated by WWF and Wines of South Africa (WoSA) in order to fulfil its Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) programme.
This means that farming is done in an environmentally sustainable manner without the use of toxic chemicals. The vineyard has a weather station to help with the micromanagement of the farming programme, as well as pressure indicators that enable the managers to prepare vineyard sprays based on disease threats and avoid unnecessary care. The Mealy Bug, which is responsible for the roller leaf virus and can disrupt the flow of nutrients to shoots, leaves, and vine fruit.
Residents of Benguela Cove Lagoon Estate enjoy waterfront views as well as an annual allocation of the estate's award-winning wines produced on its 70-hectare vineyard. Its vintages continue to pique the interest of wine experts and win numerous awards. Seven of its wines have received 4.5 stars from Platter's, the leading South African wine guide, and seven others have won 4 stars.
The estate includes a working winery, swimming pool, tennis court, running and cycling track, clubhouse, and jetty, as well as 10 hectares of olive groves. In the estate's adjacent entertainment area, there's also the famous Moody Lagoon Restaurant. Arabella Country Estate, with its 18-hole championship golf course and luxurious spa, is also close by.