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Lying in a well-watered valley and surrounded by two mountain ranges, Wellington’s protected location and rich soils are ideal for fruit production and vineyards. Early Dutch and French settlers recognised this and today the town is renowned for quality pot-still brandy and fine wines, and is the country’s dried fruit HQ. Wellington is also a major supplier of vine rootstock material, free of the phylloxera aphid that once almost obliterated the world’s wine industry.
Wellington is an academic centre with several campuses and student digs spread throughout the town. It has its own wine route set amongst sloping green hills that will surprise and delight any traveller but what makes Wellington truly stand out is the friendliness of the people, quick with a smile and happy to stop and chat.
Wellington is an hour’s drive from Cape Town, reached via the main northern highway.
Top 8 reasons to visit Wellington
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