VISITORS to picturesque Wellington can look forward to some of the best winter warming experiences for all ages and tastes including wine adventures, gourmet taste experiences, nature encounters and many memorable historical moments. It’s an ideal day or weekend destination for city dwellers looking for a unique wine experience within an hour from Cape Town city centre.
Heading into town, between olive groves Villamar (meaning house of the Marra family), is an Italian-South African style destination with a restaurant, bakery and roastery. At its core lies three basic elements of good Italian fare: freshly roasted coffee, good quality cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, and aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy.
The 183-hectare Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate lies in the shadow of the majestic Hawekwa Mountains and boasts a panoramic view of both Du Toit’s Kloof and Bains’ Kloof mountain ranges. In 2001 Diemersfontein made history by producing the first coffee-style Pinotage. In 2020, Diemersfontein did a ground-breaking deal by selling a 55% share in the Diemersfontein wine business to its staff-owned company Thokozani.
Nature and animal lovers can get up close and personal with an alpaca during a personalised tour at the Quenti Alpaca farm. Time in the mill is interesting and offers insight about the complex and technical stages to convert raw fleece into luxurious yarns and products. Tours are by appointment only. Bookings are required.
The Stone Kitchen on Dunstone is pet-friendly, caters for families and has become a favourite venue for private parties and functions in the heart of the Wellington valley. Indoor and outside dining areas has large play areas for children. Open for lunch and dinner.
Springbok legends Schalk Burger senior and junior need no introduction, but their wines have a tradition of their own. Schalk Burger & Sons are the owners of Welbedacht and view themselves as custodians of the land. The tasting room has a welcoming atmosphere and is open for tastings.
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