Eikendal Vineyards, a popular Winelands destination which takes pride of place at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, extends a warm winter’s welcome with mouth-watering Fondue Fridays added to its myriad of family-friendly attractions to melt the cold away.
Over the last three decades the cheese fondue has always been an integral part of this prominent Swiss owned winery – celebrated for its classic Bordeaux-style reds and acclaimed Chardonnay – and after a short absence it is now back by popular demand in a big way.
Every Friday evening until the end of August, enthusiasts can now ease into the weekend in the sizzling company of Eikendal, where Gruyère and Emmenthal meet superb estate wines, when the resident restaurant lifts the lid on their version of the traditional Swiss cheese fondue, served with an array of dipping delights for two. In addition, flavour maestro, Chef Mark Radnay, adds sweet satisfaction to this cosy, blues-busting-evening, with a royal chocolate tiramisu fondue festooned with fresh fruit, Spanish doughnuts and éclairs to start your weekend on a decadent high.
These exclusive Friday evenings are perfect if you want to spend quality yet relaxed time with your partner, family or friends in an unpretentious milieu and even if you are not that fond of fondue you will not be left out in the cold. The Fondue Fridays’ bill of fare also offers hearty curries ranging from a traditional Bo-Kaap curry and a Cambodian peanut curry of grilled beef to a Vietnamese ‘Hang-lay’ pork curry. Other wholesome taste sensations include French onion soup; Thai lemongrass chicken and the restaurant’s signature sweet potato gnocchi enriched with parmesan foam and truffle oil.
From the exceptional to the exhilarating, Eikendal Vineyards, nestled midway between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, is an idyllic retreat where the entire family can have a good time.
In addition to enlightening tours through its prominent barrel-vaulted cellar and daily wine tastings, the estate also offers unique wine and chocolate pairings.
Mom and Dad can take a breather and relax with a book on the lawn next to the dam, while the little ones monkey around in the jungle gym. Or the family can take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards and fynbos beauty to work up an appetite and enjoy the scenic views and birdlife before settling at the restaurant for a laid-back, al fresco lunch.
At Eikendal, Winelands Fly Fishing also casts a spin on the ever-popular pastime of fly fishing and the two dams on the farm are stocked with all the popular angling species. The estate features a fully equipped, specialist fly shop to kit you out for a spur of the moment afternoon with your kids or mates at the water’s edge.
After all the wining and dining one can recline at the Eikendal Lodge, a charming conversion from old farm buildings situated against a picturesque backdrop of mountains and vineyards. Equipped with all the necessary creature comforts, this ‘home away from home’ where quality meets tranquillity, has nine luxuriously furnished en-suite bedrooms, each with its own private terrace that spills onto prized vines and pristine gardens.
Bookings for the exclusive Fondue Fridays evenings at Eikendal Restaurant are essential. In the winter the restaurant is usually just open for lunch (Wednesday to Sunday) so make sure you book your spot now! Private functions and state of the art conference facilities are also available. For reservations and enquiries contact Eikendal Restaurant at Tel: 021 855 5033 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Eikendal Estate; its wines, and tourist attractions contact the tasting room at Tel: 021 855 1422; send an email to email@example.com, or visit www.eikendal.com.
For more information on Eikendal Lodge contact Tel: 021 855 3617; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.eikendallodge.co.za.
For more information on Winelands Fly Fishing and their special fly fishing courses hosted at Eikendal contact Philip Meyer at Tel: 021 855 2646 or send an email to email@example.com.
Remember: October sees the return of the ever-popular Friday Jazz evenings at Eikendal from 17h00 to 20h00. Be sure to book for this one!