Diary 5 Mar: Eikendal’s Weintaufe Harvest Carnival

Date: 5 March
Venue: Eikendal, Stellenbosch

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.
 
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. 
 
The estate is known for its focused and structured wine pedigree that showcases the best in varietal recognition and at this laidback fête its multi-crowned Chardonnay will steal the show as the estate’s first wine of the new vintage.
 
“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.
 
Nico 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, famous for its delicious 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 will 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 kickback 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, so prepare to receive a few parent-of-the-year hugs. 
 
Since the establishment of the cellar in 1981 and subsequent modernising of the vineyards, Eikendal has become well-known for producing a range of consistently excellent wines. These include reds, such as the Classique flagship blend; whites, like the award-winning Chardonnay; a radiant rosé and an MCC. Their entire wine collection will be on sale on the day.
                       
General info:     
Times: from 10am
Tickets: R80 per person, available at the gates on the day, which include a free glass and tasting from the barrel plus all the entertainment on the day. Under 18’s get in for FREE. 
Note: Remember the sunscreen and bring a picnic blanket.
Contact: 021 855 1422 or info@eikendal.co.za.