Put on a sun hat and make a beeline for Eikendal Estate when it gets its summer groove on with its annual Weintaufe, a next level harvest celebration which invites young and old to unwind with an al fresco feast on the lawn on Sunday, March 6.
This popular Winelands destination, conveniently situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, is renowned for its wines of great fruit purity and it is its flagship Chardonnay 2016 that will steal the show on the day as the estate’s first wine of the new vintage.
“What started out as an intimate ceremonial blessing to celebrate the end of the harvest at Eikendal 35 years ago, has evolved into a not-to-be-missed highlight on the social calendar, attracting a cool crowd each year,” explains winemaker Nico Grobler.
After the official baptism of the new cellar gem, guests will be able to sample it straight from the barrel and revel in fresh, market style food prepared by the resident restaurant, Cucina di Giovanni, famous for its delicious Italian fare.
In between all the joyous eating and drinking guests can take part in various activities including tractor rides, cheetah viewing, lucky draws, golfing action at the dam and grape stomping. The little ones can monkey around on the jungle gym and jumping castle, enjoy unique kiddies tastings or get their faces painted whilst Mom and Dad spends a lazy afternoon listening to the upbeat sounds of Newton & Co. Youngsters can also unleash their inner culinary talents and design their own ‘cookie pizza’, festooned with all the yummy icing trimmings.
There will also be an ice cream stand complete with Chardonnay and MCC sorbets to add some cool comfort to this Winelands event.
“What better way to spend a Sunday than sipping on great wine, snacking on soul food and soaking up jazz and blues tunes in a relaxed atmosphere? Bliss,” adds Grobler.
Eikendal will have its entire wine collection on sale on the day, ranging from a Rose and fruit-driven Sauvignon Blanc to serious Bordeaux blends.
* Tickets will be available at the gates on the day and cost R50 per person, which include a free glass and tasting from the barrel. Under 18’s get in for free. Remember to take along sunscreen and pack a picnic blanket.
The gates open at 10am and make sure to claim your spot before the official christening and tasting of the new Eikendal Chardonnay 2016, which will take place at 12pm.
For more information, call 021 855 1422; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.