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THE HEART OF THE CAPE WINELANDS

The picturesque town of Wellington is a scenic 45-minute drive from Cape Town and 15-minutes’ from neighboring Paarl. Wellington’s agricultural economy is centered on its award-winning wines, table grapes, deciduous fruit and it is also home to South Africa’s sole whisky producer.

The region is renowned for beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, picturesque environment, gardens, and wineries. The historic Bain’s Kloof Pass, with unsurpassed vistas, indigenous flora and fauna, and crystal-clear streams and rivers, is the perfect spot for hikers and fly-fishermen. The pass, built by the famous Scot, Andrew Geddes Bain, was the sole gateway to the north before Du Toitskloof Pass was built.

Closer to town, guided wine-walks and horse-trails through rich farmland and flowering fynbos offer the opportunity to see and experience Mother Nature at her finest. The Berg River flows along the western border with two smaller streams, the Spruit and Kromme and the towering Hawequa Mountains stand guard on the eastern side. Wellington is surrounded by fruit orchards, wine estates, buchu plantations, and olive groves. In addition, its vine-cutting nurseries produce approximately 85% of the country’s vine rootstock for the wine industry.

Hiking trails, bird and wildlife viewing, mountain biking, 4×4 routes, and abseiling are just some of the outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the mountainous terrain and scenic surrounds.

More French Huguenots settled here than anywhere else in the Cape and the valley was formerly known as Val du Charron. Visit the Wellington Museum with its diverse cultural exhibits, and learn more about the region’s history. The town was renowned as an important academic center for theological studies and the Seminary gave rise to present-day Huguenot High School and the Huguenot Teachers Training College. Other educational institutions include Boland College and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Situated to the north of Wellington, the villages of Saron (originally a mission station), Gouda, and Hermon are spread out amid rich farmlands, in the shadow of the Elandskloof and Winterhoek Mountains.

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Call us +27 (0)21 864 1378 or e-mail us: wellingtoninfo@dlta.co.za

or visit us at 104 Main Road, Wellington

Police: +27 (0)21864 8456

Ambulance: +27 (0)21 872 1979

Fire Brigade: +27 (0)21 873 1121