The beautiful quaint town of Wellington in the heart of the Drakenstein Valley is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and secluded valleys, and is definitely worth exploring for a relaxing winter break.
Within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, www.wellington.co.za offers real hidden gems with country-style cuisine, fabulous wines, stylish accommodation and the customary warm hospitality that the area is renowned for. Explore off-the-beaten track wine farms, enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of the region and simply catch your breath. Known for the best terroir-driven wines in the country, wine tasting should be at the top of your Wellington itinerary.
Delve into the rich history of the region with a visit to the Oude Wellington restaurant, where the original farm building has been converted into a cosy restaurant and bar. Owners John and Susanna Tecklenburg offer an incredible dining experience featuring an eclectic menu with traditional Cape, Malay and Indian influences. Spice up your life with real comfort food alongside the fireplace during their weekly ‘Kerrie Tafel’, an informal buffet featuring mouthwatering curry dishes.
For a delightful food and wine pairing, visit Perfect Place in Church Street. Real winter warmers such as slow-roasted tomato soup, lamb stew and venison pie have been paired with wines from Doolhof and Wellington Wines for a knockout combination. Travel along the picturesque Bodal Road and stop at the charming Imbuko Wines for a pairing with a difference. Try the tantalising Van Zijl Jam Tasting Experience with Vanilla Cabernet Jam, Butterscotch Shiraz Jam and Coffee Pinotage Jam served with a freshly baked Portuguese roll and a Babybel cheese.
It is well worth booking an overnight stay to make the most of your breakaway. Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate offers accommodation in their luxurious Manor House or Garden Rooms, including breakfast and a bottle of Diemersfontein Pinotage. Lady Loch Guest House offers various relaxation and retreat packages, while Val du Charon Wine & Olive Estate has a discount offer on accommodation during winter months.
Dunstone Country House guest house or self-catering facilities, include breakfast, afternoon tea, a sundowner wine tasting and a three-course dinner at The Stone Kitchen bistro, while Grand Dédale Country House (winner of the Africa’s Best Classic Boutique Hotel in 2016) presents a romantic season package for the ultimate in tranquillity.
Other stops worth exploring are the fabulous estates of Au d’Hex and Linton Park, which trace their routes back to the days of the early Cape settlers and showcasing the unsurpassed beauty of the Wellington area and the opulent elegance of Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse on the Elandsberg Nature Reserve outside Hermon.
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