Paarl Wine Route, Cape Winelands
Paarl is the largest town in the Cape Winelands and is well known for three major reasons – the second largest outcrop of granite in the world, the Paarl Mountain, original Cape Dutch architecture and last but not least, some of the best wine estates in South Africa. Winemakers have always been drawn to the region due to its varied soil conditions and weather conditions on the different sides of the mountain. These conditions make it possible form the wine estates in the area to grow a great variation of cultivars for red and white wines as well as brandies and sparkling wines.
The estates are well set up for entertainment and accommodation and tour of the estates offer many activities apart from wine tasting – fine dining, picnics and concerts as well as hiking and horse riding for visitors looking for some exercise.
|Nederburg Wine Estate was established in the Paarl Valley in 1791 by German immigrant Phillipus Wolvaart. After passing through a number of hands Johan Graue purchased the farm in 1937. His forward thinking approach and new techniques has established Nederburg as the leading producer of quality wines in South Africa. Read more …|
|Fairview Farm has a proud history going way back to 1699 when the first wines were made. The original homestead built around 1722, lost to the estate during one of the many subdivisions has been reincorporated and lovingly restored by the current owner, Charles Back II. Read more …|
|Boland Wine Cellar is situated in the beautiful Paarl Valley, one of the most productive wine growing areas in the Western Cape because of its varied mesoclimates and soils. The cellar’s policy is to take full advantage of the different terroirs within the region to produce outstanding blended wines. Read more …|
|Landskroon Wine Estate has a long history going back to 1689 when the French Huguenots landed in the Cape. The farm has been in the de Villiers family for 5 generations and is today run by 5 brothers, the present winemaker being Paul de Villiers. Read more …|
|Rhebokskloof’s history goes back to the late 17th century when Petrus van der Merwe built his home on Rhebokskloof Farm in the Paarl area. Over the years the farm had been split up many times and the Manor House had fallen into disrepair. However, the farm was purchased by a group of business people in 1986 who then proceeded to buy back the smaller farms. Read more …|
|KWV was established as a cooperative by the wine farmers of South Africa in 1918. Until the early 1990s it played a role as a regulating body for the wine industry but this function became redundant when South African wines gained worldwide acceptance. Read more …|
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