Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa
Paarl is the Afrikaans name for 'pearl', named after the giant granite pluton behind the town that shines like a pearl after it rains. The main attraction in Paarl is definitely the wine, and there are a plethora of wineries to choose from.
Paarl is home to many award winning wines, as well as the KWV - the largest exporter of local wine, famous for its Cathedral Cellar and the five largest vats in the world under one roof. The Nederburg host the Nederburg Wine Auction in April, while the Nouveau Wine Festival on Paarl Mountain is hosted by Paarl Vintners.
Paarl Vintners is a group of 30 wine farmers in the area who have formed an organization to improve the quality and marketing of Paarl wines. Paarl also boasts 2 brandy producers, Paarl Rock Brandy Cellar and Backsberg, who have been incorporated into the Brandy route.
Paarl offers much more than just wine, and there is a host of activities for guests to participate in. From 4x4 trails, mountain biking and hot air ballooning, the possibilities are endless. Visit the Crocodile breeding farm, snake park or climb Bretagne Rock. Paarl is also great for simply relaxing, exploring the area and taking in the beautiful sights.
Paarl is a charming and historical little town, filled with cultural heritage. The town is dotted with museums and galleries, monuments, antique shops and quaint coffee shops. Learn more about the history of the area at the museums and galleries, and then enjoy a cup of coffee with the friendly locals. This town is known for its warm hospitality and generous traditions.
Explore the wine route in a completely different way from horseback or from the comfort of a horse drawn carriage, tasting wine all the way of course. Paarl is situated just off the N1, 50 kilometres north-east of Cape Town.