19/01/2013 Wellington, where wines are born
Wellington is home to one of the most beautiful wine routes along the Route 62. The unique location of the ‘Valley of the Wagonmakers’ (between Groenberg, the majestic Hawequa mountain range and the banks of Kromme Rivier) and the well-known hospitality of the ‘Boland’ region have added to this status. But above all it’s the presence of 30 active wineries and the famous vine nurseries, providing about 90% of all vine stokkies in South Africa, that have permanently put Wellington as a prominent wine region on the world map. The Wellington Wine Route is compact, all wineries are in close proximity to each other which makes it easy to combine visits. Most of the wine estates can be visited all day, others only by appointment, but it will be our pleasure to guide you through the most important must-see’s and must-taste’s of our fabulous village.
Important wine events in Wellington are Diemersfontein’s Pinotage on Tap, when thousands of wine lovers from all over the world get together on the beautiful Diemersfontein estate to taste their best wines at very democratic prices, and of course the Wellington Wine Harvest Festival, a 2-day wine feast that also has a gastronomical, cultural and musical side to it.
During our Wine Harvest Festival some 20 wine- and brandy estates invite the public to taste and enjoy .. and to excite their taste buds. There’s the well-known seafoodbraai at Nabijgelegen estate, the oysters & bubbles at Bovlei or the spitbraai at Bontebok Ridge, or the kid’s delight with ice cream at Diemersfontein. Lots of the participating wineries organize concerts and parties during these 2 days. Other splendid wine events in the heart of Wellington are “Fork & Cork” at Kleinevallei and “Groenberg Talmfees” hosted on Schalk Burger’s wine farm Welbedacht.
In any case, wineries not to be missed are our neighbors and favorites: Bosman Family Vineyards, Doolhof, Val Du Charron, Nabygelegen and Andreas. These wine makers invite you in their fabulous Old-Cape estates on vast premises with breathtaking views on the Valley of the Wagonmakers. All 5 feature a beautiful tasting terrace and top-end restaurant.. Why not combine a wine tasting with a delicate lunch at the wine farm?
On your bikes, you’re only 10 minutes away from Sauvignon Country Lodge!