Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate has a unique link to South Africa’s renowned Hermanus Wine Route
Mannings Heath Golf Club was purchased by South African Wine Estate owner Penny Streeter in April 2016. Since then she has set about refurbishing the Clubhouse and golf courses, turning the Kingfisher 18 hole course into a dedicated 9 hole course. The remaining 9 holes are to become a vineyard in April this year. Adding a variety of grape to produce sparkling wine this addition to her already highly successful wine estate, Benguela Cove in South Africa, is an exciting venture.
Benguela Cove is a leading producer and wine destination situated at the start of South Africa’s Hermanus Wine Route. These award winning wines benefit from the unique conditions of the estate’s location at the ocean’s edge on the southern coast of South Africa. The south-easterly sea breeze is chilled by the Benguela Current flowing up from Antarctica, to cool the grapes at night after the warm summer days, irrigated by above-average rainfall for perfect viniculture.
For those interested in the finer details of wine producing, the proximity of our vineyards to the sea and the slightly windy conditions shorten the shoots of the vines and make the berries and leaves smaller thereby increasing the quality of the grapes. The terroir is clay and calcium rich and there are very few farms like this in South Africa.
This fully functional wine farm has produced multiple award-winning wines. The first vines are to be planted in West Sussex at the end of April and will be producing a harvest ready for production within 5 years. The terroir at Mannings has been identified as the perfect conditions for top quality growth and the passion shown in South Africa will be transferred into the rolling hills of Sussex.
Visitors to Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate can enjoy a South African style wine experience, with first hand tastings of the wines produced by Benguela Cove as well as wine tasting experiences which include wine & chocolate pairing and cheese & wine pairing. All of the Benguela Cove wines are available to take home at “cellar door prices”.