The Paarl Winelands
Nestled at the foot of the second largest granite outcrop in the world is Paarl. Well-known for its historic architecture, excellent wines and breathtaking scenery, Paarl is only a 40 minute drive from Cape Town.
Paarl's historical charm and architectural heritage is evident in its streets which are lined with beautifully restored Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Historically, this charming town is where the recognition of Afrikaans as a written language was achieved, and today the Afrikaans Language Museum and striking Taalmonument overlook the town.
Surrounded by a magnificent countryside, the town of Paarl is unique in that vineyards still grow between residential neighbourhoods, offering visitors a diverse wine and country living experience. The Paarl Winelands have come to be known as the 'Red Route' due to the large variety of red grapes that are grown here - especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage.
The Paarl Winelands are home to some of the most renowned wine estates in South Africa, including Nederburg, Fairview and Backsberg. Wine tours embarking from Cape Town offer 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 as it is within close proximity to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.