If you are like me and enjoy food just as much as wine, then we both need to try the Eikendal Pizza and Wine Pairings in Stellenbosch.
“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.
I have not visited Eikendal before but after seeing these photos, I will need to make a plan soon.
The Pizza & Wine Pairings include a trio of mini pizzas, each masterfully paired with a matching estate wine.
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!
Eikendal Pizza & Wine Parings cost just R40 per person and are on offer from Tuesdays to Sundays.
If you have a family, then I highly recommend it!
While you enjoy your pizza and wine pairing, your little one can have just as much fun with a Pizza Cookie Decoration & Tasting.
It comes with two pizza cookies, a gingerbread man, yummy decoration goodies and a glass of milk. Bring on the sprinkles and icing!
Eikendal Cookie Decoration & Tasting – R30 per child, 7 days a week
What’s more is that in summer they offer free tractor rides, fly fishing at the water’s edge and vineyard walks.
For the 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.
Vineyards Walks – R20, daily
Tractor Rides – Free, on offer during weekends from 11:h00 till 15h00
“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.
Eikendal also has 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’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.
To book for a summer Eikendal Experience contact Lana Dippenaar at Tel: 021 855 1422 or send an email to email@example.com.
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