Escape to Wellington during Winter

Why You Should Escape to Wellington during Winter

Wellington is not exactly 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 compatible with summer yet there’s something spectacular about the charms of a small town during winter that will warm your 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 ideal escape from the winter blues.

Here are a few places to add on your winter itinerary:

Wellington Museum

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 provides interesting tales about its 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:

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.

Benefit from the Half & Half on any two large wood-fired pizzas. Why not test out the Marvin Gaye pizza and The Carnivore besides the fireplace while drinking on Val du Charron’s signature wines.

Where: Val du Charron, Bovlei Rd | Contact:  021 873 1256 | Website:

Wine Tasting at Bovlei

When in Wellington, it’s a definite must to go wine tasting 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:

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:

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Till the next small town.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog


Why You Should Escape to Wellington during Winter