Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove
Relaxed lagoon-side dining with cocktails and great wine!
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. The kitchen at Moody Lagoon is the domain of Annie Badenhorst a talented young Namibian chef with a passion for finding only the best fresh produce and creatively turning dishes into simple but creative menu items.
You can expect outstanding views, a casual and relaxed daytime and Friday - Saturday nighttime eatery in Hermanus, with outdoor covered seating areas. We offer a choice of dishes, together with food and wine pairing with Benguela Cove’s Estate wines.
In the evening, Chef Badenhorst likes to cook to create an occasion, and Moody Lagoon restaurant is the perfect place for a date night or a night out with friends.
We offer private dining in our vinotheque for up to 12 guests with a combination of exceptional food, superb wines and outstanding service.
The Barrel Room can accommodate 60 guests. Booking essential
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is also open for vineyard tours, wine tastings
on the lagoon, live music on Sundays and wine tastings and pairings at the Tasting Room.
Chef Annelie Badenhorst
Chef Annelie Badenhorst hails from the beautiful Otjiwarongo in Namibia. Annie’s training in classic French cooking at the Zevenwacht Chef School, combined with her love of comfort food, makes her the perfect fit for Benguela Cove’s restaurant.
Annie’s career has been very intertwined with that of our other Benguela Dining chefs, namely executive Chef Jean Delport at Restaurant Interlude in the United Kingdom.
Annie worked at All Things Culinary and thereafter at Sophia’s Restaurant at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate.
Our Must Try Meals!
Fresh and delicious mussels, in Thai green curry sauce, served with freshly baked Ciabatta. A must try dish to enjoy with panoramic ocean views.
Oysters | Large & Freshly Shucked
Absolutely fresh, locally sourced Oysters from reputable suppliers. 6 or 12
Or enjoy the oyster & wine pairing experience at Benguela Cove, in the Walker Bay Cape Winelands. This includes four oysters prepared in four different ways to match the intrinsic qualities of four different wines in the Benguela Cove range.
The Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre Cap Classique is paired with a pineapple pickled oyster served with celery. The Semillon tames the vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with a creamy note that echoes the texture of the oyster. Whilst hints of celery highlights the fynbos nuances in the wine, pineapple adds a sweet yet tangy edge to the delicious medley of citrus and green apple.
The Benguela Cove Chardonnay has a certain opulence and richness which needs that extra texture and weight when paired with food. The fried oyster is the perfect match, set off against the zingy and slightly quirky addition of a spicy three bean salad that underpins its flinty notes.
The moreish combination of the Benguela Cove Pinot Noir and the baked oyster is a match made in lagoon heaven. The richness of the baked oyster enhances the velvety character of the wine; the Cremona Blue Cheese highlights its earthy notes and candied bacon helps the red fruit leap from the glass.
Over to a heavier red and on the contrary not an obvious choice with an oyster, the Benguela Cove Collage ends this experience on a high note. The fresh oyster is gently smoked before dressed with a bone marrow emulsion and tangy diced beetroot. This smokin’ combination is both adventurous and contrasting with the richness of the bone marrow with this bold red leaving a soft velvety finish in your mouth.
*Our menu changes based on what fresh seasonal produce we can get to ensure the best quality ingredients are used in our dishes. We can accommodate most dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free diets.
Group Capacity : 300+ People Cost Per Head : R75+
- Cuisine : Breakfast, Cocktails, Contemporary, European, Fine Dining, Light Meals, Picnics, Seafood, South African, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine bar
- Ambience : Business, Dine and Dance, Family, Fireplace, Formal, Quiet, Relaxed, Romantic, Ship / Boat, Traditional, Trendy, Upmarket, Wine Farm
- Entertainment : Live music, Childrens Entertainment, Internet or WiFi
- Dress : Smart/Casual, Casual
Place of Interest
Events and Catering
Credit Cards Accepted
Cape Town Tourism
2021: Medals of Excellence for Benguela Cove Estate Wines
12 September 2021 - Tim Atkin 2021 South Africa Wine Special Report: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate was a standout performer in the ninth annual South Africa Special Report compiled by leading UK wine writer Tim...
Benguela Cove; Home to Two of the Best Pinot Noir Red Wines in South Africa in 2021 - Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Awards 2021
19 August 2021 - Winemaker Johann Fourie and the Benguela Cove team are especially delighted at the announcement of the Mosaic Top 5 Pinot Noir Wine Award 2021 winners. The Five Best Pinot Noir wines in South ...
Moody Lagoon Restaurant at Benguela Cove Wine Estate is Open for You
03 August 2021 - Recently awarded a 2021 Travellers’ Choice Award, we are excited to re-open our stunning Estate restaurant this coming week. Book your table at Moody Lagoon Restaurant as we bring you only th...
Benguela Cove's 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon receives 93 points from the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2021 at Winemag.co.za
04 July 2021 - Our 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is following the success of the 2017 vintage by receiving stellar recognition with 93 points from the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2021 at www.winemag.co.z...
South African Jean Delport Wins Top UK Restaurant Award - Again
28 January 2021 - South African chef Jean Delport has won a Michelin Star for the second consecutive year at Restaurant Interlude, in Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, England. Executive chef Jean Delport is only...
Winemag.co.za awards Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre the best MCC in South Africa!
11 December 2020 - Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre is officially the best MCC in South Africa, awarded yesterday by Winemag.co.za following blind tastings. Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre achieved #BestofCategory #...
Medals of Excellence for Benguela Cove Estate Wines: Tim Atkin 2020 South Africa Wine Special Report
11 September 2020 - Leading UK wine writer Tim Atkin MW has launched his South Africa Special Report - September 10th 2020. A major achiever was Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, scoring over 90 points out of 100 and ...
Benguela Cove Wine launches Click & Collect
10 June 2020 - Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate has launched a Click & Collect service to meet a major surge in demand following the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol. Details for placing an order are...
Benguela Collection Restaurant Awarded a Michelin Star for Its Imaginative Interlude Of Flavours
08 October 2019 - A special love for food exists that gave shape to some of the world’s most ingenious dishes. No textbook or recipe can coax the magic that exists in a chef's ability to draw inspiration f...
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate Launches Sculpture Park and Gallery in Collaboration with Artist and Sculptor Anton Smit
23 September 2019 - Once you think Benguela Cove Wine Estate has reached its full potential with a plethora of offerings including food, wine, and art, it introduces yet another reason to visit the estate. Owner of Be...
Benguela Cove Wine Estate scoops handful of regional champions at Annual SA National Young Wine Show
26 August 2019 - With healthy vineyards, a special terroir, a cellar that encourages creativity and a passionate winemaking team, you are headed for success. Regarded as the new kid on the block with a strong p...
Catalina has landed … along with a new Vinography Range on the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate
11 April 2019 - The long-awaited SA 2019 Platters five-star achiever, Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon 2017, was launched with great fanfare at the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate this past weekend. Followin...
Wednesday12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Public Holidays10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Specials at this Restaurant
Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove
Hermanus, Western Cape
Ends 30 October 2021
There is nothing more exciting than a new addition to the family, especially in the form of a new release wine. To Celebrate the release of our new Cuvée58 Rosé, we will be hosting a sundowner social with canape’s, live music and the most stunning views in the Cape.
- Date: 30 October 2021
- Time: 17h00 - 18h30
- Cost: R250 per person
Ends 30 April 2022
Amongst the lush vineyards and olive groves, the estate finds itself surrounded by a glistening lagoon which hosts the Lady Bonnie pontoon boat. As an added feature to the many facilities on the estate, the pontoon boat is the epitome of maritime leisure.
Join us for a relaxed boat trip across the lagoon as you take in the natural biosphere of the estate and the surrounding mountains. Check in before your boat trip and stock up on some wine at cellar door prices. Then all aboard the Lady Bonnie for an hour-long trip before returning back to our tasting room.
Arrive an hour before the departure time to stock up on wines at cellar door prices.
The pontoon is complimentary for two people when you buy any case of wine - 6 bottles.
Pontoon cruise available Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm - weather permitting
Read more HERE
Ends 31 January 2022
Ends 31 January 2022
Join us for the Ultimate Benguela experience (This is a whole day experience)
Our wine ambassador will meet you upon arrival at Benguela Cove and whilst sipping on a flute of our Cuvee58 MCC your experience will begin.
- At 10.30am it will be all aboard Lady Bonnie, our pontoon boat, we will transport you down to the jetty and we will set off across the Botriver Lagoon, as you drink in the beautiful scenery at Benguela Cove. Our skipper will take you across to the sandbar dividing us from the ocean and you will have the opportunity to walk on the beach and if you are lucky you may even see a Southern Right Whale or the wild horses that roam the banks of the lagoon.
- Return at approximately 11.30am and in the comfort of our tasting room snack on one of cheese platters and enjoy a tasting of our estate Pinot Noir.
- At 12.15 you will be whisked off to our cellar and you will learn all about the art of wine making at Benguela Cove, try a special tasting of unreleased wine directly from the barrel as well as a tasting of our wines beneath our beautiful chandeliers. A real treat.
- At 1.30pm you will be taken to Moody Lagoon restaurant, where you can choose any two courses from our available menus accompanied by a glass of our estate Chardonnay.
- At 3pm it will be time for a vineyard tour of the estate, find out what makes our vineyards so special and how the grape finds itself into the glass. You will taste 3 wines directly next to the cultivar that they originated from.
This experience will end at approximately 4.30pm.
R1400pp | 7 hours (full day experience)
Available Wednesday – Saturday
Ends 30 April 2022
Experience a private vineyard tour with a gourmet dining experience at the picturesque Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate!
Expect the VIP treatment as you and your guests are taken on a guided tour of our estate and vineyards.
Enjoy a tasting session of five estate wines in our vineyards while overlooking the Bot River Lagoon. The tour finishes with a gourmet 3 course lunch at the Benguela Cove Restaurant, Moody Lagoon, complemented with perfectly paired, award-winning wines. Our menus change based on fresh seasonal produce and the best ingredients we can get. Duration of the experience is 3 hours and the tour is limited to 9 guests at a time.
Thursday - Sunday | 12pm
Ends 30 April 2022
Ends 31 May 2022
Explore our winemaking process with a 1 hour guided tour around our cellar. Combine your barrel tasting with an informative and interesting journey full of flavours and wine making techniques. Take your time to enjoy this experience hosted by our winemaking team at Benguela Cove.
Cellar tour and barrel tasting - 1 hour | R 100pp
* Please note that our Cellar Tour is available Wednesday to Sunday
Click HERE for Bookings, Vouchers and Further Info