The Best Wine Farms in Wellington

The Best Wine Farms in Wellington Andreas Wine Estate

Wellington’s slow-paced, intimate approach is a much-needed antidote to the stress of the past year.

The age-old history of this humble town and its generations-old traditions has many believing the region hasn’t developed with the times… they couldn’t be more wrong.

We found the birthplace of chocolate pinotage, as well as a white (!) pinotage, plus an entirely new varietal (a first in South Africa). That’s pretty innovative in our books…

That’s even before mentioning everything else Wellington has going for it: settings that beg you to linger longer, dog-friendly hiking trails, beautiful places to rest your weary wine-filled head, and delicious food.

Not only is Wellington a wine lover’s saviour (which makes it worth a visit in itself), its slow-paced, intimate way of doing things is a much-needed antidote to the stress of the past year.

Whether you’re planning a day trip or weekend stay, read on to discover the best of the Wellington Wine Route.

Do you have interesting stories about Wellington? What’s your favourite spot? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Wellington: The cradle of wine

When a root louse nearly wiped out the world’s grapevines in the late 19th century, all wine-producing regions had to start grafting their rootstock.* It wasn’t long before grapevine nurseries sprang up in all the grape-growing regions of the Cape.

Come grafting season, everyone in the town would pitch in to help – even children, who’d miss school to help “stokkies draai” (take leave without notice) – which is the origin of this famous Afrikaans saying.

Owing to its greenhouse-like climate, the Wellington wine region is home to 80% of the vine nurseries that supply the South African wine industry with grafted rootstock – hence dubbed the cradle of wine.

So, without further ado, please join us on a voyage of discovery.

What kind of experience are you looking for in Wellington?

Pairings with a view

Imbuko Wines

Wellington Wine Farms: Imbuko Wines
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In the heart of the Boland, Imbuko Wines is where warm hospitality and exceptional wines meet.  This view-drenched estate is perhaps best known for its gourmet cocktail-pie-and-wine pairing, decadent milkshakes and farm-style toasties, but it does wonderfully festive picnics during the warmer months.
In winter, nab a seat on the verandah, whose fireplace will keep you toasty before embarking on one of three wine pairings, suitable for all tastes, occasions and budgets (there’s even a spritzer tasting). Perfect for family outings, no matter the weather, the farm has plenty of seating space indoor and out, plus a large jungle gym and grass area for the kids.
Good to know Imbuko hosts the annual Imbuko Big Five mountain-biking challenge, an internationally rated hill-climbing race. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, 18 September 2021.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Contact 021 873 7350, info@imbuko.co.za
Where to find it Uitkyk Farm, Bo-Dal Road, Wellington

Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate

Wellington Wine Farms: Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate

The undisputed home of the original Coffee Chocolate Pinotage, Diemersfontein is one of the better-known wine estates in Wellington, and actually the Western Cape. But there’s so much more to the farm than that! What started as a family retreat for the Sonnenbergs is now a wine-tasting, event-hosting, food-loving haven. After a spot of swishing, swirling and swallowing in the Tasting Room, take a detour past Proe, its innovative restaurant, where you can design your own cheese and charcuterie platter. Then, why not extend your visit with a tranquil evening at the country estate guesthouse?
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6.30pm
Contact 021 864 5050, tastingroom@diemersfontein.co.za
Where to find it Jan van Riebeeck Drive (R301), Wellington

Bosman Family Vineyards

Wellington Wine Farms: Bosman Family Vineyards

Originally part of the 260-year-old cellar, the tasting room at Bosman Family Vineyards welcomes guests with beautifully kept grounds and truly spectacular wines, courtesy of winemaker Corlea Fourie. While everyone expects a lineup of cabernet and chardonnay, oenophiles will be amazed to discover new-to-South-Africa varietals, such as the Nero d’Avola, the Optenhorst Chenin Blanc and Fides, an orange wine made with skin-on white grapes!
As part of the tasting experience, guests may wander through the cellar, and if you look down through a framed patch of glass flooring, you’re able to see where the old wine vats once stood. Those looking to spend the night can rest their head in ultimate country comfort at Vineyard Cottage, a self-catering farm-style house, with a private splash pool and vineyard-covered front and back porches overlooking the valley and mountains.
Bosman Wines plays an active role in the upliftment of the surrounding community, making positive changes through sustainability and fair trade.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Contact 021 873 3170, taste@bosmanwines.com
Where to find it Lelienfontein, Hexberg Road, Wellington

Bovlei Taste Room at Wellington Wines

Wellington Wine Farms: Bovlei Taste Room at Wellington Wines

The renovated cellar at Bovlei Wines on Bainskloof Road in Wellington acts as the tasting room for Wellington Wines, a collaboration between Bovlei, Wamakersvallei and the Wellington Co-Operative. With its homely atmosphere and relaxed, comfortable aesthetic, it’s the perfect place to indulge in an interesting pairing option while drinking in the vineyard views. Sweet tooth? Try the doughnut-and-wine pairing.
If you’re hungry, grab a bite at Bains Café next to the tasting centre, where you can sit and snack under the trees while the little ones are kept entertained at Bains Play Park. There’s even a unique kids’ wine pairing.
The Moonlight Market on the last Friday of every month is a wonderfully festive affair, with live music, food stalls and art exhibitions.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Contact 021 873 1582, info@wellingtonwines.com
Where to find it Bainskloof Road, Wellington

Family and pet-friendly activities

Doolhof Wine Estate

Wellington Wine Farms: Doolhof Wine Estate

Running through Doolhof Estate is the picturesque Kromme River that sets a wonderfully tranquil scene. While the farm has an elegant Tasting Room where you can sample its award-winning wines, outside is where the magic happens. From river walks (pooches are welcome), mountain-biking trails for adults and children, and secluded picnics, dinner and breakfast baskets to a labyrinth and Africamps glamping complete with your very own private hot tub, it’s easy to get lost in the maze of activities.
Also on the estate is the five-star Grande Dedale Country House, an elegantly restored Cape Dutch Manor House, complete with a library, tea lounge with a fireplace, grand verandah, and an outdoor pool and spa room.
Please note The Tasting Room @ Doolhof is currently only serving cheese and meat platters and no meals. However, you can still book for a picnic.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Contact 021 864 2805, wine@doolhof.com
Where to find it Bovlei Road, Wellington

Dunstone Country Estate

Wellington Wine Farms: Dunstone Country Estate

At the foot of Bainskloof Pass, this picturesque and family-run boutique winery is simultaneously a tranquil respite in the country thanks to a range of luxury accommodation options and excellent wine, and also a perfect spot for a family day out. The Stone Kitchen bistro is child-friendly to the max, offering a kids’ menu, indoor and outdoor play areas, with a Lego table, climbing wall and mini-kitchen.
Or, kids can let off steam on the jungle gym, play mini-golf or mini-soccer, enjoy the swings and slides and meet the farm animals. It’s also dog-friendly!
Opening times Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm
Wednesday & Friday, 8.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 873 6770, wine@dunstone.co.za
Where to find it Bovlei Road, Wellington

Artisanal farms

Jacaranda Wine Estate

Wellington Wine Farms: Jacaranda Wine Estate

Jacaranda is one of the smallest wine estates in the entire country – a characteristic that really shines through when you visit. The mini yet mighty farm is shared with two dogs, seven cats, several chickens, an abundance of birdlife and is planted with chenin blanc, viognier, chardonnay, shiraz and mourvedre. The wine tastings, available by appointment only, are done on the winemaker’s stoep by the man himself. If you’re lucky enough to visit during jacaranda season (from late September to November), you might like to book a stay in one of their two farm cottages.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm (last tasting starts at 3pm)
Contact 082 555 1150, info@jacarandawines.co.za
Where to find it Bo Hermon Road, Wellington
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Andreas Wine Estate

Wellington Wine Farms: Andreas Wine Estate

Lovers of red, this one’s for you! Andreas Estate & Wedding Venue is a veritable hidden gem,  home to an elegant 18th-century house, surrounded by rolling vineyards and lush gardens. And, it only produces shiraz – an award-winning one at that! The estate is also home to luxury accommodation in a beautifully refurbished Cape Dutch house. Visits, wine tastings and cellar tours are exclusive and by appointment only, so be sure to book in advance.
Opening times Visits and tastings by appointment only.
Contact 021 873 2286, info@andreas.co.za
Where to find it Groenendal Farm, Bovlei, Wellington
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Mont du Toit Wines

Wellington Wine Farms: Mont du Toit Wines

At the foot of the Hawequa Mountains, Mont du Toit Kelder is planted with an abundance of red-varietal vineyards – cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and shiraz – all produced using a traditional, ecofriendly method. Enjoy tasting and learning about these during an intimate tasting. Although the estate is open for tastings over the weekend, booking in advance is recommended.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 4.30pm
Contact 021 873 7777, kelder@montdutoit.co.za
Where to find it 119 Blouvlei Road, Wellington
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Upland Organic Estate

Wellington Wine Farms: Upland Organic Estate

Tucked away in a corner at the end of a dirt road, you will find the rustic and unassuming Upland Organic Estate. The small fruit and wine farm has been producing world-class organic brandy, Grappa, Port and cabernet sauvignon for over a decade. What makes Upland unique is its dedication to organic farming techniques that are economically viable and also sustainable in the long term (a slower process than normal). You can really taste the commitment of the owners, Dr Edmund Oettlé and his wife, Elsie, when you visit the farm. Although the estate is open for tastings on weekends, booking in advance is recommended.
Don’t leave without trying the award-winning organic port, rated Best Port on the Platter’s wine guide!
Contact 082 731 4774, info@organicwine.co.za
Where to find it Fisantekuil Farm, Sultana Street, Wellington
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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 16 March 2021

6 Responses to “The Best Wine Farms in Wellington”

  1. Roy Bermeister

    Am trying to arrange a wine tasting visit to Wellington. Round 23rd May, 14 people- serious wine tasters and wine value hunters. Organic good.
    2 wine tastings and visits – followed by a highly recommended restaurant – preferably at wine far no. 3 \
    – although focus over lunch is the food- more than the wine.

    A,happy to discuss and pre-visit .

    Roy Bermeister
    For;
    the Bacchus Wine Club.

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  2. Noeliene Vosloo

    These hidden gems are unknown to me. My children live in JHB and when they visit we go to the local farms around Stellenbosch.

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  3. Chanda Barrows

    This is great, we have been to a few, however 3 estates we had not heard off (yay, we are off). Also going to be staying at Doolhof in May – can’t wait

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  4. Bruce Hutchison

    When looking at the farms you present as pet friendly on Booking.com they confirm that they are NOT pet friendly. Which information is correct?

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Bruce, thanks for your message.
      This feature focusses on visiting the farms in terms of activities, rather than their accommodation offerings. We’ve now clarified the pet-friendly part of the article.

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  5. Ann Cornelissen

    Love to read more about Wellington wine farms. I was born and grew up on Onverwacht Wine Estate!

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