Harvest time fun in Wellington


26 January 2009

Mention the town "Wellington" and immediately you'll conjure up enticing images of the noble fruit of the vine, old fashioned Boland hospitality and the down to earth, yet wholesome life and unpretentious atmosphere which pervades this well known valley. To celebrate and savour these and other Wellington treasures, this historic town will be rolling out the red carpet at the third Wellington Wine Route Harvest Festival on Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 March 2009.

Bring along the entire family for a laid-back autumn day in the open air or hop from cellar to cellar to meet the masters behind the award winning wines from the Wellington region. Even though the Wellington wine and brandy route is compact, it contains no fewer than 25 of the country's foremost cellars, of whom five also produce some of South Africa's finest potstill brandy. The festival will also showcase various private cellars that are normally only open by appointment.

In the Perdeskoen area visitors will be treated to horse rides, day trips through nature heritage sites, and a fresh goods market with organic suppliers. Diemersfontein offers aspiring wine makers the opportunity to step out and blend their own bottles from various quality cultivars. Linton Park in the Groenberg area is set to lure visitors to a crayfish braai, and while Mischa's Moroccan tent with DJ and cocktails promise a deliciously colourful experience, you can simultaneously experience a close-up view of the rare Cape Quagga. The three co-ops of the area will treat adrenalin junkies to an exciting quad bike trail at the Bovlei cellar.

For those with a passion for the cultural side of life the writing course and lunch in the brandy cellar of renowned author Riana Scheepers in the Bovlei area is just the thing. Try your hand at Boule with live Jazz to spur you on, or rub shoulders with several illustrious personalities including Wellington's golden boy, Valiant Swart, at a story telling and cooking evening. Lovers of South African talent will be sure to enjoy the sounds of amongst others Bok van Blerk and Robbie Wessels at Schalk Burger & Sons.

Whether you're in the mood for an exceptional gourmet experience or merely fancy sampling a selection of the wide variety of goodies on offer, the delicious smorgasbord laid on by this charming Boland town's food fundis is bound to delight. You will be spoiled for choice at the Kleinfontein farm kitchen or try the Dunstone spitbraai; load your plate at the Doolhof potjiekos competition and dare to participate in the grape stomping escapades also at Doolhof. Enjoy a long lunch at Lelienfontein or a Sunday afternoon lunch in Nabygelegen's picture perfect cellar and then salute the finest life has to offer with a starlit five course dinner at 5 Mountains. Or simply while away an hour or two at one of the coffee shops in and around Wellington. Whatever your food fondness, this festival promises to exceed all your gastronomic expectations.

Be it fine cuisine, culture or art that make your soul sing, or be it simply tons of fun and pure pleasure which ignite your passion - in March 2009 all roads lead to Wellington! Although the fruit of the vine is to be the guest of honour, the festival remains a fabulous family affair.

For only R40 your ticket will put you in possession of a Glass and a Pass. Although tickets may still be available during the festival, it's recommended that you be the early bird and secure them in advance from the information office or participating farms. Also be on the lookout for special packages which will keep you in Wellington for the whole weekend. Visit or contact Trudy Oosthuizen at the Wellington Wine Route at tel (021) 873-4604/8 or e-mail for more information.

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