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Eikendal Vinyards

Eikendal Vinyards is a mere 40 minute drive from the Cape Town city centre, or 15 minutes from Stellenbosch on the R44 route between the historic university town of Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Whatever your trip plans are for this area, this is a definite must see. With its barrel-vaulted cellar buildings and its towering water fountain Eikendal is a real landmark in the Helderberg mountain area. Eikendal is one of the vineyards in the "Golden Triangle" of wine growing, and this ensures that its vineyards flourish in the mountain and maritime microclimate, which is ideal for the production of quality wine.

Sometimes the potential of an area can be so great that it can cause a family to change their lives completely in order to harness that potential, and this was the case with the Saager family. In 1981, the Saager family from Zurich, Switzerland identified the wine making potential of the Helderberg mountain area and wasted no time in modernising the existing vineyards and establishing the cellar and since then the Eikendal Vinyards have been under their ownership. There are many environmental factors which contribute to the ideal conditions for growing noble varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, one of the main factors being the moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean, which results in cool afternoons and evenings that are ideal for growing quality grapes.

There is more to just tasting wine at Eikendal, you can also enjoy an al fresco lunch at the restaurant, some fly fishing, and vineyard walks.
The Wine Tasting Centre is open during summer (September to May) for Wine Tasting & Sales from Monday to Saturday from 09:30 - 16:30 and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00 - 16:00. Cellar tours can be arranged by appointment from Monday to Friday at 10:00 and 14:30.
During winter (June - August) the Wine Tasting Centre is open for Wine Tasting & Sales from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 - 16:00 and Cellar Tours are conducted by appointment only. The centre is closed on Easter Friday, 25 December and 1 January. So pop in and spend some relaxing time in the lush garden with its huge pine trees and glistening dams.

For more information and group bookings please contact:
Tel: +27-21-8551422
Or email: info@eikendal.co.za

The Bayede Restaurant and Conference Centre is co-owned by Mark Radnay who as the Chef believes in FLAVOUR, FLAVOUR, FLAVOUR! The restaurant showcases seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, which means that the menu changes weekly. Bayede is open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday, and in the evenings by special arrangement for events and groups only.
The conference centre is modern and sleek and is suited for presentations, meetings, workshops and conferences. It can easily seat up to 65 guests and has all the modern amenities and equipment.

For mor information and bookings please contact:
Tel. +27-21-85550 33
Or email: events@bayede.co.za

The Vineyard Walks will take you on a relaxing amble through the manicured vineyards from Monday to Sunday where you can enjoy scenic views and birdlife. There are two, clearly marked routes that you can follow, for your enjoyment.

Grape Picking is offered every year during harvest time which falls during February and March. Visitors have the opportunity to observe the grape picking in action, from a tractor ride and for the adventurous wine tasters, and if the harvest schedule plays along, visitors can also participate in picking the grapes.
Advance booking is a must.
Groups of 10 - 20 persons over age of 18 only please.
For more information and booking please contact:
Tel: +27-21-855 1422
Or email: info@eikendal.co.za

Fly Fishing at one of Eikendals two dams is also a must for those interested in this ever popular pastime. The dams are well stocked with popular angling species and Eikendal sports a fully-equipped fly fishing store on the farm. For more information on the special fly fishing courses hosted at Eikendal Vinyards Please contact Philip Meyer on:
Tel: +27-21-8552646
Or email: flytalk@telkomsa.net

The Cheetah Outreach Programme.
Eikendal has made land available to a group of hand-raised cheetahs in the care of the Cheetah Outreach Programme. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about these incredible cats and the Anatolian Shepherd Guarding Dog Project from a distance, or get to up close and personal and even step inside an enclosure.
Entrance donations help fund the Cheetah Outreach Programme.
For more information please contact:
Tel: +27-21-8813242
Or email: cheetah@intekom.co.za

The Bayede Boutique at Eikendal offers a diverse range of products which are crafted using labour from local communities and community projects. The products include meticulously fashioned handbags, shirts, linen, jewellery and African artefacts.
The Bayede Boutique is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00
For more information please contact: Tel +27-21-8552074
Or email: stedson@bayede.co.za

Eikendal Vineyards can be found on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

From Stellenbosch
Take the Strand Road or R44 towards Strand.
Go past several traffic lights, past the Stellenbosch Square shopping centre and De Zalze golf course.
The last set of lights will be at the Annandale Lynedoch crossing. The landmark there is the Mooiberge Farmstall with its colourful scarecrows and strawberries.
Eikendal is 1.9 km from this intersection on the left.
Also look out for a big fountain in their dam that is visible from the R44.

From Cape Town, take the N2 towards Somerset West.
Take the Baden Powell Stellenbosch Turnoff.
Go past Welmoed Winery.
At the first set of robot at the Lynedoch Petrol Station, take a right into Annandale Road.
The landmark there is the Mooiberge Farmstall with its colourful scarecrows and strawberries.
At the next robot turn right into the Strand/R44 road, towards Somerset West Strand.
Eikendal is 1.9 km from this intersection on the left.
Also look out for the big fountain in their dam that is visible from the R44.

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