TOURISM IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS – MEET OUR TEAM!

The Wellington Wine and Tourism team has been working non-stop behind the scenes since the Corona pandemic hit our shores. We are often asked by media and businesses what is the impact of Covid-19 on tourism in the Drakenstein area, can we quote financial numbers?  The short answer is, we can not determine the impact as it is still unfolding around us.

According to CEO, Annelize Stroebel, “Tourism is one of the key contributors to GDP in the Western Cape and it is also an important contributor to the GDP in Drakenstein. We estimate that during the first two months of lock down we have lost almost R65 million in tourism and an estimated 700 people have lost their jobs. Read more

WE WELCOME YOU AGAIN!

We ARE meeting again!

Our eateries are ready to serve and welcome back our locals and new visitors.

Yes, things are not quite the same as in the past. We take great caution and consideration for the safety of our guests and staff. The things that matters most, however, has remained unchanged and that is good food, a friendly smile and genuine connection. Read more

CHENIN SHINING IN THE WELLINGTON WINE REGION

During the last decade South-African wines made a lasting impression internationally, scooping up awards, exporting to new markets as well as established markets which is known for old world wines with long standing histories of wine culture.  All of this has been largely due to the quality Pinotage and Chenin Blanc produced in South Africa.

Today we celebrate Chenin Blanc as cultivar along with the international wine drinking community, and while this fruity white wine may be associated with a hot summers day and crisp salad, the diversity of Chenin Blanc really comes to show when crafted as wine to age.  The days of Chenin Blanc being limited to single uses and based wine, often referred to as Steen, is long forgotten. Read more

SHOW DAD HOW MUCH YOU CARE

Show dad how much you care and support local with good food and good wine.

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TAKE WINE WEDNESDAY HOME!

FILL UP YOUR WINE SELECTION AND PREPARE FOR A VIRTUAL WINE WEDNESDAY AT HOME

The Wellington Wine Route, sponsored by Old Mutual Insure misses all our regular Wine Wednesday guests! COVID-19 Level 3 Lockdown has made things a bit more bearable. You can now purchase our wine route’s wines and enjoy it in the comfort of your home.

Although we can’t meet in our usual way to enjoy some wine tasting with good music and pizza, we have decided to assist you with an easy reference to experiencing your very own Wine Wednesday at home. Read more

WELLINGTON WELCOMES BUSINESS TRAVELERS

The following accommodation spots are open to welcome business travelers to Wellington. All these properties are compliant with COVID-19 health and safety regulations with regards to housekeeping, hygiene, food and beverage, staff and guest protocols.  Read more

LET MOTHER NATURE WORK HER MAGIC!

Nature, fresh air and exercise makes for a winning combination. Amidst all the uncertainty and fear that Covid-19 has brought one thing remains unchanged and that is Mother Nature. Visit Wellington is in the very fortunate position to be surrounded by her! Do your over stressed brain a favor, take the time to slow down during these chaotic times, get outdoors and let Mother Nature work her magic!  Read more

‘COLOUR’-FULL WELLINGTON

In order to know where you are going it is good to know where you have come from. Part of Wellington’s unique and interesting history holds beautiful architectural buildings. A talented local artist has penned them down on paper in line-drawing style and it is available to you for free! Download and print out the drawings and have a good time colouring them in.

Engagement in creative activity has a way to create a space that makes one feel safe and comfortable. Your mind is blank other than what you’re doing at that very moment, colouring-in. Adult colouring-in has become quite a thing and we are turning to crayons and felt-tips for their soothing and therapeutic qualities. We hope that our drawings will help you beat the stress of covid-19 and provide some sort of art therapy.

Wellington is situated 10km from Paarl and offers much in the way of historic architecture. Our town was put on the map in 1853 with the opening of the famous Bainskloof Pass, the oldest mountain pass in South Africa and an intrinsic part of the Western Cape history. Prior to that it was a tiny farming community, centered around the beautiful Huguenot Church – one of the buildings that today stands as evidence of Wellington’s rich cultural history.

This can also be seen in a number of heritage buildings such as the Wellington Museum that features diverse culture exhibits from the many ethnic groups and pioneering individuals who contributed toward establishing Wellington. Wellington was known as the Wamakersvallei (Valley of the Wagons) named after the Voortrekker ox wagons that would stop and gather at Wellington before venturing further into untamed lands in the 1800’s.

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LOCKDOWN COLLECT AND DELIVERY OPTIONS BY WELLINGTON EATERIES

We are delighted that some of our eateries are open again! Please support them in their delicious food deliveries to the safety of your home or phone in and collect your food from them. Read more