From light pizza and wine pairings to a lazy vineyard walk
Although serious when it comes to producing its award-winning wines of great fruit purity and finesse, Eikendal Vineyards, has ‘lighten 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, lip-smacking pizzas, each masterfully paired with a matching estate wine, are back in full swing, but this time with a more 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 perfectly created to bring out the best notes in the wines… Bellissima!
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 sumptuous taste sensations added to its bill of fare, whilst the kids 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!” chuckles 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, yummy decoration goodies and a glass of milk. Bring on the sprinkles and icing!
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.
Eikendal’s reputation for excellence has much to do with its location in a part of the Stellenbosch wine growing region that is renowned for producing red wine champions in particular. As such, it benefits from ideal climate, soils and aspects. The property lies only some 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.
“Our wines are a true reflection of our favourable terroir, intensely expressed with a firm structure just like the majestic Helderberg, whilst tempered with elegance and finesse as only the cooling ocean breezes can provide,” explains cellarmaster Nico Grobler.
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 – the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to reel in that big whopper, or learn more about this ever-popular pastime.
Eikendal also features a charming lodge, where one can unwind in the lap of country-style luxury. At the heart of Eikendal’s heart-warming operation, this homely set-up offers
9 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms, each with a private terrace gazing upon the fabled vineyards. Breakfast by the pool has never looked this cool!
Eikendal Pizza & Wine Parings – R40 per person, on offer from Tuesdays to Sundays
Eikendal Cookie Decoration & Tasting – R30 per child, 7 days a week
Tractor Rides – Free, on offer during weekends from 11:h00 till 15h00
Vineyards Walks – R20, daily
To book for a summer Eikendal Experience contact Lana Dippenaar at Tel: 021 855 1422 or send an email to [email protected]. Also follow Eikendal on Facebook Eikendal Vineyards and Twitter @EikendalWinery.
Cucina di Giovanni @ Eikendal is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays and for lunch only on Sundays. Tel: 021 855 5033 or email [email protected] for restaurant bookings.