Wellington Wine Routes

The Wellington wine route is one of the youngest wine routes in the Cape, although the viticultural heritage dates back to the French Huguenots of the late 1600s

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Wellington Wine Routes

Only 45 minutes outside of Cape Town, the Wellington wine route is one of the youngest wine routes in the Cape, although the viticultural heritage dates back to the French Huguenots of the late 1600s.

Where? Wellington and environs, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

When? See individual wine estates for their opening times

Overnight? See Wellington accommodation, in Cape Winelands

Officially launched in the mid 1990s, the predominantly working but charming farms produce some top quality red and white wines.

The town of Wellington lies at the foot of the Groenberg Mountain with the majestic Hawequa Mountains to the east. This truly beautiful valley is home of the vines, quite literally - almost 90% of the country’s vines are grown in the nurseries (called ‘stokkieskwekerve’) here, before being transported for planting.

The soils here are excellent as is the climate - hot, dry summers with a winter rainfall. The farms lie on the banks of the Kromme River in the heart of the valley.

The Wellington Wine Walk is a 3-day hike through vineyards, orchards and indigenous fynbos, which includes wine tasting and samplings of cheeses and olives with stay-overs at one of the four historic Huguenot farms.

For additional information about Wellington, attractions, things to do and events and festivals see Wellington Information & Attractions or, to view the individual wine estates of the Wellington Wine Route, see Wellington Wine Estates.

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Wellington Wine Estates

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More info and contact details: Wellington Wine Estates

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Bainskloof Pass

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Did you know?

There are 100 000 hectares under vine across South Africa.

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