World-renowned wines are cultivated in the Cape Winelands, at the heart of which lies Wellington – boasting some of the best wine producers in South Africa.
Proclaimed “Top Wine Area” at the exclusive 2010 and 2016 South African Terroir Awards, Wellington wines and spirits continue to garner awards in prestigious competitions, both nationally and internationally.
Wellington is literally the cradle of the contemporary South African wine industry, supplying up to 85% of the country’s vine cuttings, colloquially known as stokkies. Wellington has emerged as an acclaimed, trendsetting player on the South African wine scene, and a notable international wine tourism destination in its own right.
One of the youngest wine districts, it comprises a 15-member wine route and is in the process of defining its terroir-based wards.
The 15 wine producers are members of the Mutual & Federal Agri Wellington Wine Route, and offer tasting room facilities and cellar tours.
The compact wine route, with its dense concentration of historic wine farms and estates, covers extraordinary diverse terrain, stretching from the Berg River to the Swartland wheat fields, and into the foothills of the Hawequa Mountains.Contact Us
The people of the warm-hearted valley offer a variety of activities including game drives, mountain biking trails and hiking.
Try the Pinotage on Tap festival in September, a celebration of this unique varietal. Diemersfontein in Wellington celebrates "The Original Coffee Pinotage" with barrels of its famous wine spread around the wine estate, providing the good stuff on tap.
The town and surrounding winelands offers a wide range of cuisine from classic French to modern Italian, South African and Mediterranean to country-style. Many wine farms offer restaurants on site, and visitors can expect unpretentious family fare in beautiful surroundings.
Relax and unwind with exquisite views of vineyards and soothing scents of lavender. Enjoy a wonderful massage at The Spa @ Val du Charon or Vineyard Spa at Diemersfontein. With the help of our qualified therapist, you will leave feeling like you had just stepped out of heaven.
Tucked away in the foothills of the Hawekwas Mountain Range, close to Paarl, Wellington offers a range of accommodation, from guesthouses to farmstay cottages. Venues are reasonably priced and the locals very hospitable.
Visitors can tour the James Sedgwick Distillery and the Wellington Museum, or catch a concert or show at the Breytenbach Centre in town.
Things To See And Do
Enjoy a whisky tasting experience at the one and only whisky distillery in South Africa, the James Sedgwick Distillery
Drive through the historic Bainskloof Pass
Visit Bosman Family Vineyards for their very interesting grafting tour, their museum and some wine tasting
Enjoy a scenic game drive at Bontebok Ridge Reserve to learn about conservation in the Wellington area, and eco-tourism
Visit the smallest registered wine farm in South Africa, Jacaranda Wine and Guest Farm
Walk the Welvanpas Hiking Trail, which is situated on a site of historical importance as well as host to the most amazing MTB trails in the Cape Winelands
Visit the art gallery and bookstore at Breytenbach Centre for some inspiration and beauty
Visit our amazing and diverse wine farms for wine tasting experiences. Some wine-tasting facilities offer food-and-wine pairings to tantalise your taste buds, and show how their wines complement various seasonal dishes
The Wellington Wine Walk is a popular experience. Guests walk through various wine farms and enjoy their wine and food, and learn about the Wellington area’s vineyards and the rich heritage of our valley
- Wellington has an amazing and rich history. The Heritage Trail takes you through the town, showcasing the beautiful old buildings. A Heritage Trail brochure can be collected at the Information Office to guide you ,and to inform you about facts and details about these buildings
Wellington is literally the cradle of the contemporary South African wine industry, supplying up to 85% of the country’s vine cuttings, colloquially known as stokkies. Visitors might recognise a few names such as Bovlei or Wellington wine cellar, but the region also offers a number of boutique wineries and four potstill brandy and spirits producers.
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Here you will find the inspiration and a million reasons to go beyond the well known. You will find hidden gems, uncover local secrets, hear the stories best told by the locals and travellers in the know, and discover that we have a lot more to offer than good wine.