Ease into summer with a complete wine farm experience

Ease into summer with a complete wine farm experience

Eikendal Vineyards will be “lightening up” with a fresh new list of leisure attractions to satisfy the whole family this summer.
“Conveniently situated midway between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Eikendal has steadily built a reputation as a popular, child-friendly destination and our ‘lighter’ Eikendal Experience salutes the season with more than just a run of the mill wine tasting and cellar tour,” explains Lana Dippenaar, who heads up the tasting room.

Their popular Pizza & Wine Pairings, which feature a trio of mini pizzas, each paired with a matching estate wine, are back in full swing, but this time with a lighter, yet luscious appeal to salute the flavours of the season. Think zingy Chicken & Pineapple matched with a zesty Sauvignon Blanc; or get your summer groove on while tucking info a Brie & Cranberry pizza paired with their new Rosé 2016 – a perky blend of Merlot, Mourvedre and Grenache. Each thin-crusted slice is created to bring out the best notes in the wines.

Mom and Dad can also lighten the mood with a languid al-fresco lunch on the lawn prepared by the resident Cucina di Giovanni restaurant, where summer is celebrated with a few new taste options added to its bill of fare, whilst the kids can play only metres away in the shaded playground.
“Our grass is green, our trees tall and our wines chilled. Eikendal is the place where a laidback lunch can easily turn into dinner, especially on a hot summer’s day. Ranging from the exceptional to the exhilarating, our Eikendal Experience has it all….Pokémon Go has nothing on us,” adds Dippenaar.

After all the care-free sliding, climbing and running around, the little ones can settle down for a Pizza Cookie Decoration & Tasting which comes with two pizza cookies, a gingerbread man, decoration goodies and a glass of milk.
Or why not tread the earth lightly during an all new Vineyard Walk. Simply grab a map in the tasting room and lace up for a leisurely stroll on the farm, all whilst learning interesting facts about the various wine cultivars thriving on the estate.

Kiddies-can-decorate-their-own-cookiesEikendal lies only eight kilometres from the ocean and among the cool foothills of the Helderberg, which provides optimal conditions for the slow, steady ripening of fruit. All this is reflected in the wine through the winemaking team’s preference for minimal intervention.

Other activities to get the squad out of the house this summer include free tractor rides, whilst outdoor fanatics can get hooked on fly fishing at the water’s edge.
Eikendal also features a homely lodge, where one can unwind in the lap of country-style luxury. At the heart of Eikendal’s operation, the set-up offers nine appointed en-suite rooms, each with a private terrace gazing upon the vineyards.

Costs:
Eikendal Pizza & Wine Parings – R40 per person, on offer from Tuesdays to Sundays
Eikendal Cookie Decoration & Tasting – R30 per child, seven days a week
Tractor Rides – Free, on offer during weekends from 11am until 3pm
Vineyards Walks – R20, daily
To book for a summer Eikendal Experience, call 021 855 1422; or send an email to info@eikendal.co.za.