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I always notice Eikendal when I drive from Somerset West to Stellenbosch because of the fountain that shoots high into the air from one of the dams in front of the winery. (Good news: you can fly fish in these dams- there’s a little store that will rent you the equipment you need.)
The winery has two barrel shaped vaults one of which houses a popular Italian eatery Cucina di Giovanni. It’s a good place for a pizza- there are 25 listed on the menu, reasonably priced too. There are also pasta and veal dishes as well as steaks and burgers. You can eat inside or outside on the shady lawns, and there is a play area for children. You are welcome to walk off your meal in the vineyards, where there are clearly marked routes to follow.
The second barrel vaulted space houses the tasting room and winery. The tasting room overlooks the cellar on one side and leads out to a pretty enclosed courtyard on the other. Friendly Lana welcomed us and took us through the wines and suggested a pizza and wine pairing, but we had just eaten at Cucina next door. The quality of the Eikendal wines is unquestionable, and they are a whole lot smarter than the bland, utilitarian décor in the tasting room and the rustic outdoor furniture would lead you to expect. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Summer (September to May)
Mon to Sat 09h30 – 16h30
Sunday/Public Holidays 10h00 – 16h00
Cellar Tours: Monday to Friday 10h00 and 14h30 by appointment,
Winter (June – August)
Monday to Sunday from 10h00 – 16h00
Cellar Tours: by appointment
The restaurant is closed in July.
Public Holidays closed: Easter Friday, 25 December and 1 January.
Restaurant Cucina di Giovanni:
Tuesdays – Saturdays for lunch and dinner
Sundays for lunch only
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Eikendal, R44, Stellenbosch, South Africa, -34.0136273, 18.8215917