Excellent Wine, Excellent Setting.
Eikendal Wines, with its distinctive barrel-vaulted cellar and towering fountain, is a landmark on the R44 road between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. Situated in the “Golden Triangle” of wine growing, Eikendal vineyards flourish in a mountain and maritime microclimate, ideal for the production of quality wine.
Since 1981, the 76 hectare wine farm has been under the ownership of the Saager family from Zurich, Switzerland. The Swiss owners recognised the great potential of the area and wasted no time in modernising the existing vineyards and establishing the cellar.
The Helderberg ward, on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, produces some of the Cape’s finest wines. The cooling effect of the moisture laden sea breezes from nearby False Bay, combined with the excellent soil structure of Eikendal’s vineyards form ideal conditions for growing noble, classic grape varieties. The moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean results in cool afternoons and evenings that are ideal for producing quality grapes.
Along with great soils, such as koffieklip – “coffee stone” – and sandy soils with a good clay layer beneath, ideal for vineyards.
Being close to both False and Table Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean, we have cooling sea breezes that not only aerates our vines, leading to less disease pressure, but also cools down the vines at night, extending the ripening period, leading to better quality grapes and less loss of natural acidity.
At Eikendal we take this approach in the vineyard, using chemicals only when absolutely necessary. We are fortunate to have a vineyard team that have been on the estate for generations, and are all exceptionally skilled and trained vineyard staff.
We also believe in leaving our cover crops in place, and weed pest control is done manually. We leave the organic material resting on the soil and later work it in, leading to a better aerated and fertilised soil, which cuts down on any pesticides needed.
We have planted mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, with our oldest vines planted in 1987, with Eikendal’s innovative winemaker Nico Grobler concentrating on these classic varieties as well as Sauvignon Blanc and the flagship Bordeaux-style Eikendal Classique.
Numerous awards and accolades from around the world bear testimony to Eikendal’s fine wine heritage.
At Eikendal we are proud of all the accolades and awards we have received of the last 33 years. We have successfully achieved awards at prestigious South African competitions such as the Nederburg Auction, Veritas, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and wine guides like Top100 SA Wines and John Platter.
Internationally we have featured amongst many top wines at the Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Decanter, IWSC, IWC, Mundus Vini, and Chardonnay du Monde Wine Challenges, to name a few.
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At Eikendal we truly believe that good grapes make for a good wine, and more and more energy goes into our vineyards, with assistant winemaker and farm manager Christo Hanse at the helm.
While some of our vineyards are now in their 30’s and producing stellar wines, we also believe that constantly evaluation vineyard quality will help us identify blocks that need to be replaced and when we do, we only us the best plant material available on the market.
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Passionate about wine, passionate about life.
This wine is packed with freshness and hints of minerality, enriched with crisp, ripe pears, honeysuckle, orange peel, apples and honey. The palate is linear and features a tight minerality, with a creamy, fruity finish of great length. The aim during picking and vinification was to create a wine of freshness and elegance, without any overripe or overbearing flavours.
Years of hard work, dedication and an absolute obsession with quality have shaped this wine. This is our flagship wine and the passion, detail and science that go into growing and producing this wine is profound. Please cellar it in perfect conditions and pick the perfect occasion to open it up in a decanter. You will be blown away.
– Cellar Master // Nico Grobler.
Give us a shout, we’d love to have you as a client!
For South African orders and trade enquiries,
please contact the Estate:
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 855 14 22
Fax: +27 (0) 21 855 1027
P.O Box Address:
Eikendal Vineyards Pty (Ltd.)
P.O. Box 2261
Personal service, great hospitality and attention to detail.
Giovanni’s has a great menu, and has been with Eikendal for years.
This renowned and hugely popular restaurant, Giovanni’s, is adding extra taste to your Eikendal Experience with its sister restaurant, Cucina di Giovanni inspiring visitors to linger longer in our warm company with its unique, Italian themed menu catering for all tastes.
Giovanni’s opened its doors nine years ago in Somerset West and today it is celebrated as one of the most popular eateries in the Helderberg region. This has prompted them to find their ‘second home’ at Eikendal to add sumptuous flavour to the Winelands as a relaxed, family-friendly hotspot were excellent food, wine and service, all served up with gorgeous views of the farm, come standard. The restaurant’s extensive wine list showcases our award-winning estate wines, whilst popular dishes include traditional pizzas with a twist, wholesome pastas, and succulent veal along with a variety of other mouth-watering taste sensations to coax the senses.
Buon appetito! Enjoy!
Cucina di Giovanni is open from:
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
We have many activities to choose from, join us for a memorable day!
Summer (September to May)
Wine Tasting & Sales:
Monday to Saturday from 09h30 – 16h30
Sunday/Public Holidays from 10h00 – 16h00
Cellar Tours: Monday to Friday 10h00 and 14h30 by appointment,
Winter (June – August)
Wine Tasting & Sales:
Monday to Sunday from 10h00 – 16h00
Cellar Tours: by appointment
Public Holidays closed: Easter Friday, 25 December and 1 January.
TASTING CENTRE ACTIVITIES:
PIZZA AND WINE PAIRING – Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-16:00
KIDDIES TASTING – 10:00 – 16:00
VINEYARD WALKS 10:00 – 16:00
TRACTOR RIDES (Weekends: Sep – April) 11:00-15:00
Entrance donations help fund the Cheetah Outreach Programme.
Winelands Flyfishing can also hook you up on a Fly Fishing Safari to other hotspots within the Western Cape.For more information at the special fly fishing courses hosted at Eikendal Estate contact Philip Meyer on:
Tel: +27 21 855 2646 or
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
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Come say hello in person, or send us a message via the contacts below!
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 855 14 22
Fax: +27 (0) 21 855 10 27
Restaurant: +27 (0) 21 855 50 33
P.O Box Address: Eikendal Vineyards Pty (Ltd.), P.O. Box 2261, Dennesig, Stellenbosch, 7601
Physical Address: R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West
Nico Grobler // Cellarmaster
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 855 1422
Christian Saager // International Brand Consultant
Address: Terraconsult AG, Schulstr. 42, 7203 Landquart, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 (0)81 559 47 05
– Nico Grobler // Cellarmaster – firstname.lastname@example.org
– Nicolette du Preez // Accounts – email@example.com
– Wiepke Otto // Export Coordinator & Orders – firstname.lastname@example.org
– Wiepke Otto // Local Orders – email@example.com
– Lana Dippenaar // Wine Tasting Centre & PRO – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: +27 21 855 50 33
Good grapes make for a good wine, and so no stone is left unturned to create this quality!