The Wines: On Doolhof, two white varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and a substantial number of reds are grown. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. The white varietals are planted on the eastern slopes of the Groenberg, which allow the grapes cooler days and less direct sunlight. A visit to the estate’s tasting room is a must. Activities on the Estate include a 5km vineyard hike, the river walk that leads you all along the Kromme River, mountain bike trails that start on the property, a kids mountain bike trail, the gorgeous wine tasting room where you can try some of the estate’s award-winning wines along with a platter or lunch and, of course, the outdoor wood-fired hot tub next to your tent. You can also enjoy a selection of spa treatments from the comfort and privacy of your own tent. Off the property, explore the surrounding area’s popular mountain bike trails, hiking trails and fly-fishing in the Limietberg Nature Reserve, horse riding, touring between various Wellington wine farms and distilleries and world-class golf courses.
ACTIVITIES ON THE FARM Wine Tasting Doolhof’s wine tasting room is situated in an original wagon house built in the late 19th century. A large terrace and a garden adjoins the Tasting Room, making it ideal for enjoying the tastings, platters and lunches on offer. You can taste five Doolhof Wines for R50 or try your luck in the weekly mystery tasting. Wood-fired Hot Tubs All six tents offer the exclusive use of their own outdoor wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. Soak up your beautiful Winelands surroundings while listening to the calming crackle of the fire. Or take a dip to cool off during the hot Wellington summers.
Delicious picnic lunches including vegetarian are available. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance with a 50% deposit, and by 12 noon on Fridays for a weekend picnic basket. Doolhof wines of your choice are available at an additional cost. You can enjoy the picnic during a the river walk, vineyard hike or on a grassy spot on the farm. Spa Treatments The following treatments are available from the comfort of your tent. Bookings can be made at Doolhof and should be confirmed 24 hours in advance. Prices are subject to change and will be confirmed by Doolhof on booking. Massage therapy Aromatherapy massage Swedish massage Deep tissue massage Back & Neck massage 45min Manicure 45min Pedicure 50min Foot massage 30min Facial 60min
Hiking Visitors can enjoy a 5km walk through the vineyards or the shorter river walk. Doolhof, which is known for its mysterious hills and valleys, is also home to many small mammals, including buck, porcupine, baboons and even leopard. Ask your host about Viking Adventures @ Doolhof. Join our guide, Jaco for a ride halfway up Groenberg Mountain and hike to the top. Mountain Biking The area is very well known for spectacular mountain bike trails and you can start the trails right from Doolhof. The kids can explore the farm during the 3.5km Vineyard Ride. You can rent mountain bikes from the tasting room at R150 per day (subject to availability) or bring your own. Find the Wild Boar trail map in your tent and pick your route! The Labyrinth As a tribute to the estate’s history and typographic Labyrinthine characteristics, a small labyrinth was constructed close to the entrance of the farm. This is a fun spot for the kids to play and make their way through the labyrinth. Viking Adventures @ Doolhof Viking Adventures offers a range of family friendly tours and activities starting on Doolhof. Groenberg 4X4: Drive with a military Unimog around the Groenberg Mountain to see a few of our neighbouring farms – 4X4 style. This tour takes 2.5 hours Ghost House Rock Pool Trip: Drive with an old military Unimog to the old ghost house in the mountains and take a swim in the mountain pools. Groenberg Hike: A guided drive halfway up the Groenberg Mountain from where guests can hike to the top.
Other Activities in the area Wine Farms and distilleries AfriCamps at Doolhof is nestled at the end of the Bovlei Valley and offers an authentic Winelands experience. Taste delicious wines on award-winning wine estates such as Doolhof, Dunstone, Val du Charron, Welvanpas or Bosman, many of which offer country style lunches and snacks. Some of the Estates are in walking distance of Doolhof, but you can also enjoy a bike ride between wine farms. Try world class organic Brandy, Grappa, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon from Upland Organic Wine & Brandy Estate or take a distillery tour at James Sedgwick Distillery where grain and malt whiskies are distilled. Wellington Wine Walk & Horse Riding Enjoy a horse ride with well-informed guides, who will introduce you to the local personalities and products of the area by guiding you along private property and quaint routes. They promise to unlock many of the well-kept secrets of Wellington and trust that your walk will be a rewarding experience. Horse riding trails vary from a half-day to a three-day ride. Mountain Biking Trails Wellington has amazing mountain bike trails, for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. A detailed map of trails is available in the tents.
Bainskloof Pass In the mid-nineteenth century a good connection route from the region around Wellington to the inland of South Africa was needed. In 1846 Andrew Geddes Bain explored the mountain and in 1849 began with the construction of a road through the gorge. Today the 26km Bainskloof Pass is recognized as a national monument and makes for a beautiful drive with stunning views over the Boland. Hiking The Limietberg Nature Reserve offers various hiking trails through fynbos rich areas dotted with clear rock pools giving hikers the opportunity to cool off. The reserve is only 10 minutes’ drive from Doolhof. Here are a few of our suggestions. Wellington Museum The museum features not only the cultures, artefacts, traditional tools, musical instruments and jewellery of various African ethnic groups but also prides itself in having ties with countries as far afield as America, England, Scotland, France and the Netherlands. It exhibits Stone-Age artefacts, a major collection of Egyptian artefacts and tells the stories of various pioneers who made their mark on the history of South Africa. Visit the Museum and discover the age-old mysteries of Africa.