Paarl attractions

Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Babylonstoren

This 2.5-sq-km wine and fruit farm is on the north slope of the Simonsberg mountain between Klapmuts and Paarl. Its highlight is an 800-sq-metre, formally designed garden; inspired by Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, i…
Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Avondale

This quiet spot in a gracious old homestead serves delectable, organically made wines. The formal tasting takes around an hour, or you can join a two-hour eco-safari through the vineyards on the back of a tractor, w…
Top Choice Winery in Paarl

Spice Route

Spice Route is known for its complex red wines, particularly the Flagship syrah. Aside from wine there is a lot going on, including glass-blowing demonstrations, wine and charcuterie pairings (R85), a chocolatier (t…
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Fairview

This hugely popular estate off Rte 101, 6km south of Paarl, is a wonderful winery, but not the place to come for a tranquil tasting. It's great value, since tastings include six wines and a wide range of cheeses (yo…
Historic Site in Paarl

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

On 11 February 1990, when Nelson Mandela walked free from incarceration for the first time in over 27 years, the jail he left was not on Robben Island, but here. Then called the Victor Verster, this was where Mandel…
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KWV Sensorium

Just when you thought you'd seen every possible pairing option, KWV chooses to couple its wines with local art inspired by the region. It's a fun way to taste or you can visit the gallery for free. There's also a ch…
Winery in Paarl

KWV Emporium

Operating since 1918, this wine-making cooperative is particularly well known for its award-winning fortified wines and brandies. Cellar tours are available and there is a range of tasting options, including chocola…
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Nederburg Wines

This is one of South Africa’s best-known labels, a big but professional and welcoming operation featuring a vast range of wines. As well as various wine-tasting options, there is a kids' grape juice and snack pairin…
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Backsberg

Backsberg is a hugely popular estate thanks to its reliable label and lavish outdoor lunches – book ahead for the Sunday lamb spit braai (barbecue; R295) or a picnic to enjoy in the grounds (R180). Tasting options i…
Winery in Paarl

Anura

Foodies could hang out here for a while, tasting cheese made on the premises, grabbing a platter or picnic featuring cured meats from the deli, or swapping grape for grain and sipping a beer from the microbrewery al…