Escape to Wellington during Winter
Wellington might not exactly be a small town, but if there ever were a great time to visit, it’s winter. Skip the tourist crowds that flock there during summer and, cozy up in front of the fireplace in this charming town.
With over 17 wine producers in one of the youngest wine districts, Wellington is only about 72 km from Cape Town and, perfectly situated in the picturesque valley at the foot of Groenberg Mountain.
Wine festivals and tastings are often synonymous with summer and everyone prefers going away during the hotter months but there’s just something special about the charms of a small town during winter that warms the heart.
Whether it’s strolling through the many golden-brown vineyards, wine tasting paired with hot dishes or cozying up by the fire with hot chocolate after a fun day exploring in the rain, Wellington offers the perfect escape from the winter blues.
Here are a few places to add on your winter itinerary when exploring the town of Wellington:
Even though Wellington is renowned for its wine, the museum offers more than just facts about its many cultivars. However, it is a place that offers interesting stories about Wellington’s rich history by displaying a large number of artifacts dating back to the Stone Age.
From exhibits of Egyptian artifacts to where the Free Burghers from the Netherlands and the Huguenot refugees laid foundations, it’s worth spending some time is this mecca of information.
Fee: R10.00 pp | Where: Church Street, Wellington | Contact: 021 873 4710 | Website: http://wellingtonmuseum.co.za/
Pizza vista at Val du Charron
With limited restaurants in the vicinity, Pizza Vista at Val du Charron is one of the few places with a casual setting and specular views; serving authentic Italian cuisines.
Take advantage of the Half & Half on any two large wood-fired pizzas like the Marvin Gaye pizza and The Carnivore besides the fireplace while sipping on Val du Charron’s signature wines.
Where: Val du Charron, Bovlei Rd | Contact: 021 873 1256 | Website: https://vdcwines.co.za/pizza-vista/
Wine Tasting at Bovlei
Wine tasting is a must in Wellington so why not do it at Bovlei Cellar. Founded in 1907, Bovlei offers everything from a relaxing setting, wine tasting, and tasty treats.
Make sure to do the Duke and Doughnut pairing for R60.00 pp that will definitely tickle one’s taste buds and, don’t leave without purchasing a bottle or two to take home.
Where: Bainskloofweg, Wellington | Contact: 021 873-1567
Lunch at Perfect Place
Looking for a hearty lunch spot? Than Perfect Place is the ideal eatery in the heart of Wellington.
Situated in an old Victorian house, Perfect Place serves tasty, seasonal foods like toasties, babotie and, warm soups. Browse through the antiques and sit outside on the patio with a blanket around your legs and enjoy a good meal with a coffee or two.
Where: 66 Church Street | Contact: 021 873 6620 | Website: http://www.theperfectplace.co.za/
Walk the Streets
It might be raining but there’s nothing like viewing the town with a footwalk.
Stroll down the main road and, pop into many small stores for interesting collectibles or treats. Chat to the locals and hear fascinating tales of their lives in Wellington.
Where to Stay
There are numerous accommodation options to choose from like self-catering, bed, and breakfasts and, resorts.
I stayed at one of Val du Charron 4 star guesthouse for one night and then at Andreas Wine Estate the next; both of which is bed and breakfast establishments. There are a few other places you can look into on the Wellington website.
But there’s more to do
Time is never on our side but if you spending more than just a weekend, I highly recommend you visit these places:
- Tea Tasting at Langkloof Roses Farm
- Alpaca Farm and Mill at Quenti Alpaca
- Visit the Garden of Poets, Art Gallery, and Bookshop at Breytenbach Centre
- Many, many wine farms > Here is a list
Watch our full Wellington Experience
Until the next small town.