Wellington is a town in the Western Cape Winelands, a 45 minute drive from Cape Town, in South Africa with a population of approximately 62 000. Wellington's economy is centered around agriculture such as wine, table grapes, deciduous fruit and a brandy industry. The town is located 75 kilometres north-east of Cape Town, reached by the N1 motorway and R44. Due to the growth of the Mbekweni township south of town, it now forms a de facto urban unit with Paarl, just 10 kilometres to the south.
There were two attempts to name Wellington. Sir George Napier suggested that the town should be named after ’England’s greatest soldier’. In 1840 the town of Wellington was proclaimed after the Duke who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. The erstwhile name of the 'dorp' (Dutch for thorp or village) was Wagenmakersvallei, meaning, Wagon Makers Valley (or Valley of the Wagon Makers), or Val du Charron as the French Huguenots called it.
Wellington is situated at the foot of the Groenberg on the banks of the Kromme Rivier (Dutch for Bend River) and forms the center of the Cape Winelands with its picturesque environment and numerous wineries.The town is at the base of one of the oldest mountain passes in the country, Bain's Kloof Pass, built by master road-builder Andrew Geddes Bain. The town is the home of the Boland Rugby Union and the professional rugby team the Boland Kavaliers. The town is also an academic centre, with Huguenot College, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the Timothy Ministry Team, Bible Media, Huguenot High School and Weltevrede Senior Secondary School, Bergriver Senior Secondary School amongst others.
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