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About Wellington

Wellington is situated 10km from Paarl in the beautiful Limietberg Valley,  in the Boland area of South Africa’s world renowned Cape Winelands. While Wellington is itself often overlooked as  a destination, the farming town of around 50 000 is an increasingly tourism-oriented centre in an area known for its superb wines, stunning mountain vistas, fertile valleys full of vines and fruit farms, Cape Dutch homesteads and Estates, home grown Afrikaans hospitality, scenic beauty and unique tranquility.

Wellington, near Cape Town: surrounded by vineyards and mountains

About Wellington

Despite its central position in the Cape Winelands and its proximity to the popular town of Paarl, Wellington has lived in the shadow of both Paarl and its more distant cousins, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Wellington is home to the South African Dried Fruit Corporation and numerous canning and produce packing operations, and historically has been better known for the industry that surrounds the production and processing of fresh produce than as a dedicated tourist destination.

Wellington in fact offers much in the way of quaint accommodation, historic architecture and tourism, increasingly so as the Cape Winelands becomes ever more popular among both South African and International visitors for the excellent quality affordable wines and farm fare the scenic, culture-rich region produces, not to mention equally as good nature attractions, reserves and conservancies and outdoors activities. The latter ranging from hikes, birding routes and game viewing to adventure and adrenaline activities such as mtb, 4×4 routes and abseiling – all of which can be enjoyed in the mountainous terrain and scenic surrounds Wellington and the Limietberg Valley have to offer.

The Limietberg Valley, Boland and Wellington together offer visitors to the Cape the best of Western Cape nature and scenery, along with excellent accommodations, dining and tourist attractions. Fresh farm fare is available in abundance in Wellington as the Boland’s Mediterranean climate supports an abundance of fruit and vegetable farms and orchards, as well as quite a number of award-winning wine farms. There are numerous opportunities for wine tasting followed by an excellent Wine Estate lunch, though Wellington is most famous for its brandies, particularly Wellington V&O. You can also enjoy the only dedicated artisan pot-still brandy route in South Africa at Wellington, one of the stops being the Upland Organic Estate, which has been producing world class organic Brandy, Grappa, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon for over a decade.

Getting to Wellington

Wellington is located 75 km north-east of Cape Town, and is reached via the N1 National Road and the R44. Due to the growth of Wellington’s Mbekweni township, Wellington now forms part of a de facto semi-urban area with the neighbouring town of Paarl, just 10km to the south.

History of Wellington

Wellington was put on the map in 1853 on the opening of the famous Bains Kloof Pass, the oldest mountain pass in South Africa and an intrinsic part of Western Cape history. Prior to that it was a tiny farming community, centred around a beautiful Huguenot Church – one of the buildings that today stands as evidence of Wellington’s rich cultural history. This also can be seen in a number of other heritage buildings such as the Gedenkschool der Hugenoten (Huguenot Memorial School), established on 1 February 1882. The Wellington Museum features diverse cultural exhibits from the many ethnic groups and pioneering individuals who contributed toward establishing the Wamakersvallei (Valley of the Wagons) so named for the Voortrekker Ox-wagons that would stop and gather at Wellington before venturing further into untamed lands in the 1800’s. Today, Wamakersvallei is one of the many superb wine farms you can visit around Wellington.

Read more about the history of Wellington.

Climate – Temperatures and Rainfall for Wellington / Boland

The Boland (Upper) area of the Cape Winelands where Wellington is located normally receives about 585 mm of rain per year and because it receives most of its rainfall during winter it is considered to have Mediterranean climate. It receives the lowest rainfall (10 mm) in February and the highest (105 mm) in June. The average midday temperatures for Wellington range from 16.5°C in July to 28.8°C in February. The region is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 5.7°C on average during the night.

Find out more about Wellington, what to do there, what to see and where to stay on ShowMe Wellington