Paarl is one of South Africa’s most renowned wine regions. Found less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the region has earned acclaim not only for its wines but also for its breathtaking beauty. The town is the third-oldest city and European settlement in South Africa, and has an air of historical grandeur about its tree-lined streets and startling mountain backdrop.

The Paarl Wine Route is aptly named as it is home to 49 wine estates, each with unique experiences, flavours, views, and quirks. The Paarl Wine Route, which is the second oldest in the country, is renowned for its full-bodied spicy reds and crisp whites. The town is the third-oldest city and European settlement in South Africa and has an air of historical grandeur about its tree-lined streets and startling mountain backdrop. Today, the Paarl Wine Valley is the largest town in the Cape Winelands. Despite its size, the town is still quiet, walkable, and safe.

Highlights

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Visit the ‘Taal Monument’—a monument dedicated to the Afrikaans language.
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Explore the Paarl Mountain Reserve with its beautiful fynbos flora, rivers, and granite rock formations.
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Treat yourself to an exquisite wine tasting experience on one of the many wine estates.
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Eat at any of the delicious restaurants in the valley.
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Pop into a craft gin distillery or local brewery to try some artisanal alcohol.
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Shop for fresh produce and food at a local farmer’s market.

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Best time to go to Paarl Wine Route

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Spring in South Africa begins in September and marks the perfect time to visit the Paarl Wine Route. During this time, the rains of winter cause the landscape and surroundings to turn lush and green, accentuated by the blossoming flowers of spring. From September to December, Paarl boasts warm weather, clear skies, and beautiful scenery. Another great time to visit the Paarl Wine Valley is in March and May. During the height of summer, the valley features very high temperatures. Conversely, winter brings frosty days and nights with snow-capped mountains.

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