First South African Malbec Festival to be hosted at Benguela Cove Wine Estate in April!



The first Malbec Festival to celebrate a lesser-drunk cultivar in our country is to be hosted by the Benguela Cove Wine Estate outside Hermanus on 18 April 2020. Malbec lags other more popular cultivars in the Cape wine region, but put Mendoza in Argentina on the world wine map.

Malbec producers from all over the Winelands will take part to showcase their Malbecs to the public: Doolhof, Neethlingshof, Paul Wallace, Druk-My-Niet, Nuiba, Blake’s, Anura, Bizoe, Ormonde, South Hill, Bellevue, Hillcrest and Benguela Cove will take part in the celebration. Argentinian-inspired food stands will be ‘paired’ to the Malbec wine tasting, with braai platters, Chorizo sausage rolls, lamb shwarmas, and sweet treats that include the traditional dulce de leche filled cookies.

The media release received states the following about the Malbec cultivar and its origin and character:

‘With its first bow in France, Malbec was raised to iconic status in Argentina where is it is now a national treasure, zealously poured with an array of meaty dishes cooked on open fires that can stand up to its beguiling intensity. But, other countries are following suit. Argentina is leading the revolution with 75% of the worlds planted Malbec and they are celebrating this with the gusto that reinvigorated Malbec as one of the top noble grape varietals.

Think plum, black cherry, leather, blackberry, smoky, spicy, violet, dark chocolate nuances, with an electric purple rim as you swirl that intense wine in your glass. What is not to love if you have a hearty cook on the go.

Not many consumers have taken the plunge to reach for a bottle of Malbec on the shelf, yet, more and more South African producers have ventured into single bottled Malbec territory and with an equally adventurous palate like the soulful Argentinians, South Africa is ready for its first Malbec Celebration.’

Last year I visited Mendoza in Argentina, to learn more about this famous Malbec wine-producing region. The highlight of my visit to this region at the foot of the Andes, was visiting Zuccardi Piedra Infinita, named The Best Vineyard in the World in 2019, not only for its wines but for its superb restaurant too. Read more about my trip to Mendoza and other wine Estates I visited there in August 2019 in my ‘SwitchBitch: My Journey of Transformation in travelling Solo, step by step’, the third book in my SwitchBitch Trilogy. 

Zuccardi Piedra Infinita in Mendoza Uco Valley Best restaurant in Argentina!


Benguela Cove Malbec Festival, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Bot Rivier, Hermanus.  12h00 – 17h00.

Tickets: Available from Webtickets: R200pp. Ticket price includes a branded wine glass, and Malbec tastings from more than 12 producers.

Contact: Samarie Smith 082 072 5451 | |


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