The Stellenbosch winelands will take on wonderland proportions when Eikendal Vineyards celebrates the end of its harvest with a farm-style Weintaufe Carnival that promises a “pleasure-seeking funfair for young and old” on Sunday, March 5.
The Eikendal Weintaufe has become a summertime family tradition in the winelands over the years, and this year enthusiasts can immerse themselves in a day of “pure bucolic bliss fused with exceptional wine, scrumptious street-style fare, games, lucky draws and live music by the talented Newton & Co,” according to the organisers.
“This year we want to celebrate our Chardonnay in a big way, so come to our winemaking playground and share in the fruits of our labour. We’re having a Harvest Carnival so you better wear your party hat,” shares Eikendal Cellarmaster Nico Grobler.
Grobler will baptise the latest arrival on the day, after which visitors will be able to sample it straight from the barrel and the food offerings will be prepared by the resident restaurant, Cucina di Giovanni, known for its Italian fare.
Complimentary tractor rides to soak up all the features of a well-oiled wine farm, grape stomping and golfing action at the dam promise to add to a merry day out with the family.
There will be a strong focus on kiddies entertainment so that Mom and Dad can truly kick back at the water’s edge and savour the latest vintages on offer. Amidst all the popcorn, ice cream and cotton candy treats the little ones can also enjoy a creative wonderland of arts and crafts.
Entertainment ranges from face painting and popular cookie decorations to clowning around in the jungle gym or on the lawn and jumping castle.
* Tickets for the Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Carnival 2017 will be available at the gates on the day and cost R80 per person, which include a free glass and tasting from the barrel plus all the entertainment on the day. Under 18’s get in for free. Remember the sunscreen and take along 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 2017, which will take place at 12pm.
For more information, call the estate on 021 855 1422, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eikendal Vineyards is situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.