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A WINE TREK

A WINE TREK

This is the ultimate adult break. A combination of the outdoors, long leisurely walks with like-minded people, superb local food, luxurious overnight accommodation and the fruits of the vine throughout. This is the one thing that you will tell yourself: Why did I never think of doing this before?

Wellington Wine Walk is a very popular three or four day hiking trail in the foothills of the Hawequa Mountains, which frame Groenberg and Wellington.

The walk stretches through vineyards, olive orchards, fields of Buchu and vine cutting plantations, with overnight stays in guest houses on some of the historic Huguenot farms.

You will be exposed to the Fynbos. The major vegetation type of the small botanical region known as the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Only five other floral kingdoms are recognised in the world, and these cover huge areas such as the whole of Australia and most of the northern hemisphere. The Cape Floral Kingdom is both the smallest and the richest floral kingdom, with the highest known concentration of plant species: 1,300 per 10,000sq km! The nearest rival, the South American rain forest has a concentration of only 400 per 10,000sq km.

Local guides, fully accredited and well versed in the history and culture of the area, will accompany you and take you through indigenous fynbos, vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves. Stop and taste the Wellington wines and olives produced in this fertile valley. Meet the winemakers and learn more about their award-winning wines. Meet the local characters of the valley and hear their interesting stories.

Walk at an easy pace and enjoy the scenery as you discover the hidden treasures. All you carry is a light day-pack: the company transfers your luggage to your overnight stop.

At the end of each day you are provided with comfortable accommodation in specially selected guest houses, including old historic wine farms which have been modernized and upgraded to South African star-rating standards, each offering delicious country cuisine.

You are encouraged to form your own party and to book as a group. It is found that the optimum party size is 10 to 14 people (with 2 people sharing a room). The minimum group size is 10 people, and this ensures exclusivity of your party. If you have less than 10 people you will be accommodated by tagging others to a group to secure the required number of people.

As the Wellington bowl experiences extreme heat during summer, there are two recommended walking seasons, Autumn and Spring, as these periods provide the best walking conditions in the area.

Overnight stays include Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate, home of Pinotage, Cascade Country Manor, Dunstone Country House, Val du Charron or Monte Video (DBB) – depending on availability.

Wine tasting and or light lunches, depending on the length of your trek, at Druk-my-Niet, Hildenbrand Estate, Welvanpas (where Piet Retief, the Voortrekker, lived as a child), Bosman’s Family Vineyards restored state of the art wine–cellar at Lelienfontein and Linton Park Estate.

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