Welcome Summer Family Festival – Sat 8 December 2018

Nothing says ‘Hello Summer’ better than a festive garden party!

Think live music, the smell of a lamb spit braai smoking in the background, pop up food stalls, free wine tasting and craft beer on tap.

Dunstone Country Estate is pleased as punch to invite you to our ‘Welcome Summer’ family event, taking place on Saturday 8th December at our Estate bistro, The Stone Kitchen.

Kicking off at 12 noon, entry is free and everything you need to eat or drink will be available to purchase at one of our pop up stalls on the bistro’s back lawn.

For entertainment, we’re excited to welcome live local acts Wicus Le Roux and Die WildBerries who will be performing all of our favourite cover songs over the course of the afternoon. Get ready to bust out some moves on the dance floor or ‘floss’ it up in a dance-off with the younger generation!

Either way, it’s going to be great day out for the whole family and we can’t wait to officially see in the summer with our greater Dunstone Family. Feel free to bring your own picnic blankets, alternatively we’ll have all of our own outdoor tables, bean bags, sun umbrellas and picnic blankets arranged outside for your comfort and convenience. For guests seeking refuge from the sun, our large interior dining area will also open to all event goers.

For the Adults

  • Free wine tasting and wine sales by Dunstone Boutique Winery
  • Craft Beer on Tap by Bergrivier Brewery
  • Spit Braai and Burger Basket Menu by The Stone Kitchen
  • Olive and Cheese Boards

For the Children 

  • Jumping Castle
  • Face Painting by Spiral Moon
  • Slush puppy stand
  • Artisan sweets by Meshugga
  • Happy Meal lunch packs with hotdogs, chips, drink and a toy

If you’d like to join us at the Welcome Summer event, please indicate that you’re coming by RSVP’ing on our Facebook Event page. To secure one of our tables, please book online using our Dineplan app, or else email us

For any further queries about the Welcome Summer event, please contact our Client Liaison Manager, Johne La Grange at . Keep an eye on our Facebook event page for updates on any added pop up stalls and entertainment.

What to do in #heartWellington  

Wine | Eat |Stay |Ride | Walk | Run | Safari

The sleepy town of Wellington in South Africa is already firmly established on the international wine tourism stage. The region produces a multitude of award-winning red wines from a handful of boutique wineries in the surrounding valleys and it is safe to say that wine tasting takes top spot in terms of current tourist activities.

 While Wellington residents delight in the growth of wine tourism in the valley, the team at Dunstone would like to remind you that there is a lot more to Wellington than great food and wine. Next time you visit us, please don’t just come for the day. Take time to get to know Wellington. Wake up early and experience the serenity of sunrise on horseback. Enjoy a few sensational sunsets against the backdrop of our dramatic mountain landscape.

Here are a few suggestions for your next visit to #heartWellington from the Dunstone team.

Game Drives at Bontebok Ridge Reserve

The pristine Bontebok Ridge Reserve consists of over 400ha of fynbos vegetation and forms part of the Renosterveld Conservancy, an area developed to protect the Cape’s highly threatened indigenous Renosterveld.

Surrounded by the blue-hued Limietberg mountain range, guests are taken on a 2-hour guided game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle. The drive offers plenty of opportunity to view a host of antelope species, including eland, blue wildebeest, springbok, grey rhebuck, sables, bontebok as well as the revived Quagga. The reserve is part of The Quagga Project, which successfully recreated the previously extinct quagga – a subspecies of the plains zebra.

It is with pride that Dunstone sources our wild boar and venison meats from Bontebok Ridge Reserve, pasture reared animals that have never seen a tarred road, providing our customers with free range in its truest sense.

For more info on game drives, click here.

 

Horse Riding in the Bovlei Valley

Pony Joy Rides is a small, family run business that offers outrides on horseback in the tranquil Bovlei Valley near Dunstone Country Estate. Suitable for riders of all experience levels, a 1-3 hour morning ride will take you across vineyards and forested farmland, offering a unique perspective of the area.

For more info, click here.

Free timed run at Wellington parkrun

Every Saturday, a free 5km timed run takes place at Imbuko Wines in Wellington. Part of a global phenomenon that began in the UK in 2004, parkrun really taken off in South Africa. Wellington parkrun is a scenic farm run that winds through vineyards, forested areas and past farm watering holes and dams. If you haven’t registered for parkrun, you can sign up online and print out your barcode before arrival.

For more info, click here.

Mountain Biking in the Bovlei Valley

Wellington has gained international recognition in recent years within mountain biking circles due to the inclusion of some of its trails in the renowned ABSA Cape Epic Stage Race, attracting professional mountain bike riders from around the world. In 2018, the existing trails got a facelift with the birth of Wild Boar Trails. The area now boasts six routes of varying technical difficulty, which cater to a range of skill levels and offer flowing single track sections and wider gravel road surfaces.

For more info, click here.

Wellington Wine Walk

Finally, an activity that incorporates wine drinking with exercise and the great outdoors! The Wellington Wine Walk is a short, guided walking holiday of between 3-4 days that takes hikers through 70km of vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and fynbos veld, stopping over at a variety of wine estates en route to taste wines and/or stay overnight. The walk is set at an easy pace, giving guests a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

For more info, click here.

Explore Wellington

Wellington is a hidden gem in the middle winelands of the Western Cape. Just an hours drive from the Cape Town City Centre and 20 minutes from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franchhoek.  With lush green valleys, vineyards and magnificent mountains there is so much to see, explore and do.


 

Wellington Winelands

Wellington is home to renown award winning wine estates (Dunstone included),  and was dubbed the ‘the cradle of the contemporary wine industry in South Africa.’  

The diverse landscape offers not only spectacular views but unique terroir driven wines from each estate and therefore much diversity. For the wine enthusiast, we recommend doing cellar tours and wine tastings. These happen throughout the year.  Times may vary and booking is sometimes required, but most are open to individuals and couples popping in to explore.

If wine is not really to your tastes…. then explore Wellington further and you’ll find a selection of Gin Producers and Brandy Distilleries.

 


 

The Mountains

Surrounded by the Hawequa and Limiet mountains, Wellington boasts some fantastic hiking trails and mountain bike routes.

Hiking trails include:  Bains Kloof, Tweede Tol, Limietberg Trail, The Rockhopper Trail and Happy Valley Trail in the Limietberg Nature Reserve. There is also a 36 kilometre Doolhof River walk.

Mountain Bikes – Dunstone have 2 good quality mountain bikes and helmets that can be hired for the day, if you enjoy exploring independently. These can be used on our vineyards or further out on the mountain bike trails.

There are two world class mountain bike trails closeby. Welvanpas, just 1.5km down the road, which has played host to the famous ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race. A little further, about 15 minutes drive we have Rhebokskloof with a dedicated single track route which is gaining in popularity with local and international riders.

Guided mountain bike tours can be booked too, we recommend a local company Mrace.   Their experienced and knowledgable guides offer several route options for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Routes offer breathtaking views of the Boland area with Vineyards, Olive farms and pine forests.

Riders are also welcome to bring their own bikes.

There is something for all ages and fitness levels. Don’t forget to take water, sunblock and a hat as it gets rather warm here in Wellington


 

 

Horse Back Riding

Our neighbouring farm offer beautiful tours through the vineyards on horse back.  We highly recommend this unique and exclusive opportunity.

Fynbos Horse Trails, operate from Diemersfontein. Offering a variety of rides for novices and advanced riders.  These horseback riding adventure trails vary from half day trails, wine tasting tours to comprehensive 3 day horse trails through the magnificent Berg River Valley.  Booking is essential as they limit each group to 8 riding guests, allowing for personal attention.

Pony Joy Rides 

A local stable yard situated in the Bovlei area. Enjoy beautiful outrides on our surrounding farms or have a lesson in her school – perfect ponies and horses for children and adults .

Game Drives

Venture out to Bontebok Ridge Reserve in Wellington and go on a game drive through the natural fynbos and rugged mountain terrain. This area is part of the Renosterveld Conservancy in the Limietberg Valley.

Guided by knowledgeable and experienced individuals, you will see many indigenous species of wildlife such as Bontebok, found exclusively in the Cape, Eland, Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Duiker and Grysbuck. The drive offers great photographic opportunities and includes a stop at a lapa for wine and a meal.

Tours are personal and limited to small groups, therefore booking is essential.

Game Drive Times: 09h00 to 12h00 and 16h00 to 19h00.


 

The Historical Town

The small town of Wellington is steeped in history and has many quirky shops and cafe’s to explore. There are also many historical buildings such as Boer War block houses, many churches and the Wellington Museum.  Another place worth popping into is ‘Ouma-Granny’s House’ which provides a window on life in Wellington, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

 


Mobile Beauty

Enjoy being pampered at Dunstone Estate with Sam our mobile beauty therapist.
Massages, waxing and more. View the website.

 


Wellington is a true hidden gem, with so much to explore, taste and see. Do come visit.

For further info or for bookings,  and we will gladly assist our guests in making arrangements.