Combining elements of its neighbours, the rural Paarl wine route is surrounded by many major players in the wine game, such as Wellington, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. It is also immersed among a mountainous backdrop, and has the Berg River flowing through. Here you will find a plentiful mix of grapes grown here, although Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc tend to thrive the most. Harvesting can be somewhat difficult in the area, but there are modern methods (such as supplementary irrigation) which helps ensure the process goes to plan.
Almost 30 farms here are spread around the surrounds of Paarl Rock, the town’s iconic pearl-shaped namesake. Paarl is relatively famous in its own right, claiming the popular Fairview winery as its own. Founded in 1693, the working farm produces not only wine, but artisanal cheeses. You can wander the vineyards, visit the restaurant, bakery and tasting room, or even visit the goats (yes, goats) at Goat Tower. This experience is truly different, and as such, it’s unforgettable.
The area as a whole is relatively innovative, responsible for creating the first white Pinotage in the world, in addition to bottling the country’s very first Bordeaux-style red blend. If you need, or would like, to sample Kosher wines, Kleine Draken is a wonderful place for this.
Staying here need not solely be about the wine, as Paarl is known for its appeal to adventure advocates. You can go mountain biking, quad biking or horse riding at Rhebokskloof estate, or enjoy other outdoor activities elsewhere. There are also plenty of choices when it comes to dining, but you ought to sample top-tier cuisine from Bosman’s, at the area’s only five-star accommodation offering, the Grand Roche Hotel.