The Paarl Winelands
A 40 minute drive from Cape Town brings you to the picturesque town of Paarl. Nestled at the foot of the second largest granite outcrop in the world, Paarl is renowned for its historic architecture, excellent wines and breathtaking scenery.
Paarl's historical charm and architectural heritage is evident in its streets which are lined with beautiful restored Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings. It is in this charming town where the struggle for recognition of Afrikaans as a written language was achieved, and today the Afrikaans Language Museum and monument bear testament to this accomplishment.
Enjoying a magnificent countryside, the town of Paarl is unique in that vineyards still grow between residential neighbourhoods, offering visitors a diverse winelands and country living experience. The Paarl winelands is known as the 'Red Route' due to the large variety of red grapes that are grown here (especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage).
Paarl Winelands is home to some of the most famous wine estates in South Africa, including Nederburg, Fairview and Backsberg. Wine tours from Cape Town offers visitors the opportunity to stay over on a working wine farm and enjoy fresh produce while sipping on some of the finest wines in South Africa.
Paarl is also an excellent base to explore the rest of the Cape Winelands and is within close proximity to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.