This sedate and reasonably pretty town is 15km north of Paarl. Like surrounding towns, the main draw is the wineries, which often offer a less touristy experience than those in Paarl. Ask at the tourism bureau for a list of local wineries and information on the Wellington Wine Walk. If you're looking for something stronger than wine, visit Jorgensen's Distillery, which produces handmade gin, brandy and absinthe.
While in the area, don’t miss the chance to drive the spectacular Bainskloof Pass, one of South Africa’s finest. It was built between 1848 and 1852 by legendary pass builder Thomas Bain, and other than having its surface tarred, the road has not been altered since.
There are several walks from the pass, including the 8km Bobbejaans River Walk to a waterfall. This walk starts at Eerste Tol and you need to buy a permit (adult/child R40/20), available from the tourism bureau.