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The Saager family from Switzerland was ahead of the curve when they recognized the potential of the Helderberg ward of Stellenbosch for producing high quality wine grapes. When the Cape wine scene went through a renaissance period in the late 1990s, Eikendal goes back to 1981 when the Saager family from Zurich purchased 76 hectares of land and began setting up the winery. Located in the “Golden Triangle” which is formed by the towns of Stellenbosch and Somerset West and Helderberg Mountain, Eikendal is located in one of the Cape’s best wine growing areas. The cooling effect of nearby False Bay means that afternoon temperatures drop and cool down the grapes, extending the ripening season. Also, the grapes enjoy the cold nights and the fresh sea breezes help to keep the vineyards disease free.
The winemaking philosophy is all about working with the vineyards to produce high quality fruit, and then taking a natural approach to making wine in the cellar. Since 2006 Nico Grobler has been on the winemaking team, and the Stellenbosch University graduate has been the head winemaker since 2009.
Focus is on classic varieties like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and their Bordeaux blend. Their unique location with False Bay in front of them, the Helderberg behind them, and great soils beneath them mean that they are blessed with all the right natural assets needed to make great wines.
Eikendal has been a popular stopping point along the R44 about 45 minutes from Cape Town and has something for everyone. A modern tasting center welcomes wine enthusiasts, a restaurant caters to foodies, there is a playground for kids, and they allow vineyard walks for nature lovers. Being highly involved in various environmental foundations, one being cheetah conservation, they have hand raised cheetahs on the property. Just in case that does not have something for everyone, they even have a dam which has been specially stocked and a fly fishing store on the property.