WELLINGTON TOURISM OFFICE
Wellington was founded in 1840 and was named after the Duke of Wellington. Originally known as Limiet Vallei, the area became known towards the end of the 17th century as Val du Charron or Wagenmakersvallei (Valley of the Wagon Maker) when the French Huguenots settled here.
Wellington is located 75 km north-east of Cape Town, and can be reached via the N1 National Road and the R44-road. Its economy is centered around agriculture such as wine, table grapes and deciduous fruit.
If you seek to take the road less travelled then there is no wrong turn when visiting this authentic gem of the Cape Winelands.
Wellington is a unique town that offers visitors the opportunity to meander off-the beaten track and discover artisanal produce, scenic routes and Game Reserves set amongst “fynbos” and indigenous “Renosterveld”.
Winelands & Activities:
The Wellington region is renowned for its beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, picturesque environment, gardens and numerous wineries. The historic Bain’s Kloof Pass, built by master-road builder Andrew Geddes Bain, with its unsurpassed vistas, indigenous flora and fauna and crystal-clear rock pools is the perfect spot for hikers, while closer to town guided wine-walks and horse-trails through farmland and fynbos can be enjoyed.
This picturesque town is surrounded by fruit orchards, wine estates, Buchu plantations, olive groves and SA’s first indigenous distillery.
Wellington is a wine lover’s delight. In the last couple of years Wellington has received an impressive array of accolades for their wines, locally and abroad. In 2010 Wellington was awarded the SA Terroir trophy for the Top Wine Area.
The Wellington wine and brandy route is small and compact and the cellars within easy driving distance of each other.
Hikes, birding routes, game viewing, mountain biking and 4×4 routes can be enjoyed in the mountainous terrain and scenic surrounds of Wellington and the Limietberg Valley.
The history of Wellington is displayed at the Wellington Museum, which features diverse cultural exhibits from the many ethnic groups and pioneering individuals who contributed toward establishing the Wamakersvallei (Valley of the Wagons) in the 1800′s.
Wellington has been known as an important academic centre for Theological studies due to Scottish minister, Dr Andrew Murray, who introduced a Seminary schooling system in the early 1870’s. The Seminary gave rise to Huguenot Girls’ High School and Huguenot Teacher Training College, which evolved into Huguenot University.
Other educational institutions include Boland College and Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Leather & Dried Fruits:
Wellington boasts a leather academy and small leather factories which produces beautiful and quality leather products such as shoes, handbags and other smaller articles.
There is also towel factory shops, dried fruit shops and fruit juice kiosks selling to the public and many other places to browse around.
Get in Touch
Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10:00 – 13:00
Good Friday, Christmas day &
New Year’s day: CLOSED