Wellington Wine Tasting Tours
Wellington, in the Boland, is the home of South African wines. Here you will find the nurseries where the vines are cut and kept before being transplanted to the rest of the wine regions.
This area only began to produce its own bottled, export wines in the 1990s, although the history of wine growing dates back to the Huguenot settlers of the 1600s. This area is a perfect introduction into the wine heritage and you can embark on 3 day walking trails of the many vineyards, orchards and fynbos areas, sampling fine cheeses and olives along the way. You can also stay over at the original 17th century Huguenot farms for a relaxed wine tasting experience.
The climate here is perfect for growing grapes for wine production, due to the hot summers, wet winters and excellent soils ranging from sandy to loam in different areas. The valley is nestled between the Groenberg Mountain and the magnificent Hawequa Mountains and most of the vineyards are planted along the banks of the Kromme River.
The Best Wellington Wines
This area favor the production of both red and white wines with the reds of Cabernet Savignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Allicante Bouschet being the most popular. Of the white wines the rich Chardonnay is most often requested with delicate bouquets of lime, citrus, buttercream, vanilla, and coconut. The Brandy Route is also found here with the Oude Wellington Estate offering the best selection of brandies from the area.