Situated in a valley at the foot of the Groenberg Mountain and the stunning Hawekwa Mountains, the town of Wellington, is only a 45 minute drive from Cape Town. Almost 90% of the country’s vines are grown in Wellington in vine-cutting nurseries called ‘stokkieskwekerve’, before being transported for planting. Perhaps, the near perfect climate, and excellent soils go some way to explain why the viticulture heritage of the region dates back to the late 1600s. Both red and white wines are produced in Wellington, with Cabernet Savignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Allicante Bouschet being among the most popular red grape varieties. Chardonnay dominates the white grape varieties grown here, with its delicate bouquet of lime, citrus, buttercream, vanilla and coconut.