The enchanting little town of Wellington lies just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town and produces some world-renowned wines. However, Wellington wine estates are often overlooked in favour of the more popular Cape Winelands towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Now this may be because people view it as too far of a drive, especially if they’ve got kids on board, but I can guarantee you it’s well worth that perceived extended drive.
Andreas Wine Estate is almost concealed in the Bovlei Valley amongst the other Wellington wine estates – a true hidden gem! Some of the property has been sold to its neighbours and Andreas Wines has 4.5 hectares of vineyards which produce their award-winning Shiraz. Andreas Luxury Accommodation is an 18th century Cape Dutch style house built in 1799. The house strikes the perfect balance between historic and modern design. When going on a Wellington wine tasting spree be sure to add them to your list but bear in mind that tastings, cellar tours and visits are by appointment only.
Val du Charron
Val du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate is an all-rounder destination offering luxury accommodation, wine tasting, two restaurants and a spa. The 45 hectare farm was purchased in 2006 by the Entwistle Family and has a winemaking history dating all the way back to 1699. We did the Reserve wine tasting at The Grillroom which includes your selection of any of the four wines on their list at R60 per person. The cheese platter we ordered deliciously complimented the wines and I’d highly recommend it. The estate also offers guided cellar and vineyard tours.
Bosman Family Vineyards
A leading producer of Fairtrade wine, this Wellington wine estate dates all the way back to 1707. Experience a true Cape Winelands wine tasting in their 260 year old cellar (by appointment only). Tastings are R80 per person for 5 wines but the fee falls away if 6 bottles or more bottles of wine are purchased. Or join the Bosman Wine Club and enjoy a complimentary tasting!
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An off the beaten path hidden gem, The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone is a travelling parents’ dream. This Wellington restaurant is super child-friendly and features an indoor and outdoor play area with putt-putt, jungle gym and sandpit. Our little one had so much fun that he cried when it was time to leave! If you’re up for a little weekend drive with the kids, this is the ideal place to pop into as wine tastings can also be enjoyed at The Stone Kitchen. In addition, Dunstone also offers luxury accommodation options set amongst the vineyards with gorgeous views of the Hawequa mountains.
The quirky art-filled entrance leading to the wine tasting room and restaurant of this Wellington wine estate is already an indication that you’re in for a real treat. The views are also amazing and you can either do a wine tasting of their award-winning Pinotage or grab a bite to eat at their newly opened restaurant, Aan Tafel. A real farm life experience, you’ll see ducks waddling with cows and horses grazing in the distance.