Eikehof Wine Estate

Eikehof Wine Estate

Eikehof Wine Estate (pronounced “Akerhoff”) is a family owned wine estate, nestled in the shade of lush green old oak trees, situated to the west of the Franschhoek Village in the vicinity of La Motte. 

The Malherbe family originally arrived in the Cape of Good Hope in 1688 as part of the first French Huguenots. Gideon Malherbe, the Malherbe forefather, born in Normandie, France was one of the French Huguenots. He was allocated a farm in the Franschhoek valley in 1693 and named it Normandie. After generations of winemaking and viticulture tradition, Francois' great grandfather bought Eikehof in 1903. Today, 117 years later, Francois Malherbe is the 4th generation of winemakers to make wines in the very cellar that his great-grandfather did.  

Photo: Francois Malherbe as an infant with his father


The farm takes its name, Eikehof, from the wonderful Old Oaks which are characteristic of the farm and the Cape Winelands Area. 



Eikehof has 7 grape varietals, which include a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards stretch over a 23 hectare piece of land and peach orchards can also be found on the farm. The Eikehof wines are from the Franschhoek origin designation and they only use their finest 15% of their grapes for the wines of Eikehof. This farm is renowned for having the oldest block of Semillon bush vines in South Africa, dating back to 1902. The soil in this area is predominantly sandy which contributes to the light and elegant style of the Eikehof wines.




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