The Wellington wine route confirms that summer in South Africa’s Cape winelands can be pretty seductive when surrounded by lush vineyards, picture-perfect scenery, world-class wines and great cuisine. If you’re looking to hone in on a specific area, here are six Wellington wine farms to explore in the summer.
The warm hospitality at the tasting room of Wellington Wines in the Bovlei building offers visitors to this quaint Boland town a signature welcome. Even younger guests catered for with a specially adapted tasting. Bring along your own picnic basket or order a platter from the Bains Café coffee shop.
Linton Park Wines
The legacy of Linton Park Wines dates back to 1699. Here guests can be enchanted by this undiscovered gem where Uncorked provides a light lunch menu with a fabulous food and wine pairing.
The terrace overlooks the beautiful gardens and an historic manor house. By purchasing wines from their Linton Park Rhino range, you can also make a contribution to rhino conservation.
Dunstone Country Estate
Dunstone Country Estate presents the whole package – wine, food and accommodation in an idyllic rural setting which can be enjoyed either as a romantic getaway or for some quality family time. The Stone Kitchen family bistro is renowned for classic home-style dishes accompanied by a selection of cellar wines. This child-friendly venue also has a great kids menu and both indoor and outdoor play areas.
Try some organic wines hand-crafted from Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Viognier as well as 40-year-old Chenin Blanc vines during an intimate tasting experience at Jacaranda Wines, the smallest registered winery in South Africa. Bespoke tastings are available by appointment at this Wellington wine farm.
If you’re looking for a fun time, Imbuko Wines should definitely be included on your summer itinerary. Friendly faces, mountain views, good food and great wines within a short drive from Cape Town make Imbuko a perfect summer experience.
Indulge in a wine tasting, a delicious gourmet pie and wine pairing or some snacks, cold drinks and craft beer. Free Wifi and kids entertainment sorts out younger visitors. The Pomula wine spritzer is described as “summer in a bottle” – the perfect drink for summer.
Diemersfontein Wine Estate
A visit to Wellington will not be complete without stopping at Diemersfontein Wine Estate to try their award-winning Pinotage, a uniquely South African cultivar. The informal elegance of this working Wellington wine farm entices visitors to sample their full range of wines in the tasting room, enjoy a food and wine pairing on the deck or enjoy a platter or meal starring seasonal local produce from Aan Tafel restaurants.
What: Wellington Wine Route
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