Producer Spotlight: Wellington Wines
Wellington Wines was formed in recent years by the combining of forces of South African wine giants, Wellington Co-operative Winery (est. 1906), Bovlei Co-operative (est. 1907) and Wamakersvalley Wine (est. 1941). Each of these wineries shared a passion for wine and an interest in enriching the Wellington wine industry, which continues today building on the legacy and vision of their founders in "creating wines of excellence."
Their 56 member farmers across Wellington and neighbouring areas of the Swartland, Riebeek, Hermon and Paarl,
work closely with their winemakers and viticulturists to ensure only the best grapes are grown and hand-
selected for their outstanding quality. Their wines all carry the trademark of true quality, inspired by the
people, the terroir and the rich history of their valley.
Cellar Master, Francois van Niekerk:
Although he first studied Forestry before embarking on Viticulture and Oenology, nature has been at the center of all of Francois van Niekerk's life decisions. While studying at Saasveld Forestry College in George, Francois was
intrigued by winemaking through his roommate's family's involvement in the industry. He spent a season working at Slanghoek Cellar and the same year ventured to California to complete a harvest in America. He was hooked and enrolled in Elsenburg College to study winemaking the following year. Francois has been a part of the Wellington Wines family for over 6 years and never tires of the combination of creativity, science and the passion that goes into
winemaking. He revels in the fertile land from which Wellington Wines harvest their grapes and the creativity in producing memorable wines true to origin.
Wellington is one of South Africa's most important wine producing districts. It sits 10 miles north of Paarl and near where the Berg and Komme Rivers intersect. Wellington stretches along the valley and into the foothills of the Limietberg and Groenberg Mountains with soils of weathered granite, shale and loamy soils around river banks. The shadows of these mountains contribute to a late sunrise and early sunset, reducing the overall sunlight hours and lengthening the ripening season, producing grapes that are able to develop more concentrated flavors while retaining acidity. Wellington is about 35 miles inland from the Atlantic coast where the current provides a cooling effect to the region in late summer and helps to regulate warmer temperatures.
Try Wellington Wines!
TastingRoom is proud to offer Wellington Wines' 2019 Three Hares Wellington Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon presents lush, fruit flavors of black cherry and plum, layered with savory notes of coffee bean, bittersweet chocolate and smoke. Take this wine outside to enjoy with grilled meats or portobello mushrooms. Perfect for a warm night with friends around the dinner table or firepit!