Paarl Wine Estates

Paarl is a delightfully historical town that lies just outside Cape Town in the Western Cape. It is part of the Cape Winelands, which have gained acclaim the world over for the fabulous wines that it produces as well as the natural beauty of the area. The name Paarl means “pearl” and reflects the iconic rounded shape of three granite outcrops forming the top of Pearl Mountain, visible for miles.

The historical aspect of Paarl continues to be one of its main tourist attractions. It is the third-oldest European settlement in the country and, with a population of around 200 000 people, the largest town in the Cape Winelands (which includes Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Somerset West, amongst others). The architecture, museums and galleries all transport visitors to a world of yesteryear, when the Cape was a newly discovered gem and its beauty was slowly being revealed to European explorers.

However, another very important tourist attraction to Paarl is its wine route. This route combines world-class wines with breath-taking scenery to create an idyllic destination for just about anybody. The sweltering, dry summers and chilly winters give Paarl the perfect climate for an array of wine varieties. Whether red white or rosé, sparkling or dessert, Paarl’s produce is consistently respected amongst wine connoisseurs the world over.

Some of the vineyards are small and intimate, while others are massive estates. To experience the Paarl Wine Route is to taste the Cape Winelands.

For more information about this wine route see Paarl Vintners Wine Route or view the individual wine estates of this region below.

49 Wine Estates in Paarl

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Visit Fairview Estate

Fairview has a view that is far fairer than fellow farms. Sitting pretty facing Table Mountain on the granite slopes of the Paarl Mountain this fair land has records of yielding its first wine in 1699... So it’s a ...

Franschhoek Wine Tours & Tasting / Fine Dining

Backsberg Estate Cellars

Set in the garden on the sprawling grounds of the Backsberg Wine Estate, Backsberg restaurant is an alfresco experience during summer - moved indoors next to roaring fire in winter. An a la carte menu features laid ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Freedom Hill Winery

This estate dating back to 1699 once formed part of La Paris farm and concentrates on red wines which thrive in the oakleaf soils. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage are planted and only hand-selected red ...

Klapmuts Wine Tours & Tasting

Anura Vineyards

At the base of the Simonsberg Mountains, you’ll find the Anura Estate which has been owned and run by the Bouma family since 1989. What began as two blocks of vineyards, multiplied into 150 hectares of vines which ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Avondale Wine Estate

Below the Klein Drakenstein Mountains is an estate which uses a holistic approach to wine-farming known the BioLOGIC® approach which combines organic and biodynamic principles with modern science. It is said to ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Babylonstoren Wine Estate

This traditional Cape Dutch working wine and fruit farm is surrounded by the mountains of the Drakenstein valley, where nomadic Khoisan communities used to roam for centuries. French Huguenot, Pieter van der Byl, ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Boland Cellar Wine Estate

Named one of the top 100 wine producers in the world by the World Association of Wine and Spirits Writers and nominated as one of South Africa’s top 20 export companies in their category, Boland Cellar in the Paarl ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

De Reuck Wine Estate

One the Western slopes of the Paarl mountain, you’ll find the boutique cellar, De Reuck Wine Estate, which is situated on Crow’s Nest farm and looks out over vineyards and Table Mountain. The focus is usually on ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Domaine Brahms Wine Estate

Winemaker Gesie Van Deventer has always dreamed of producing fine wines and transformed from an advocate to an oenologists to make her dream become a reality and open a small cellar north-west of Paarl. Together ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Drakensig Wine Farm

With a name meaning “View of Dragons”, you’ve got to wonder what kind of a view that is given that Drakensig is perched with the scenic Franschhoek Valley. Owner, Marais Viljoen, is among many wine makers who have ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Fairvalley Worker’s Association Vineyard

Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, was one of South Africa’s first producers to plant Viognier vineyards and bottled our country’s first single varietal Petite Sirah. In 1997, he started the Fairvalley Workers ...

Klapmuts Wine Tours & Tasting

Glen Carlou Wine Estate

Glen Carlou is a well-respected winery in the northern foothills of the Simonsberg mountain and forms part of the Hess group. Chairman and founder of Hess Family Estates, Donald M. Hess has “married his passion for ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Klein Parys Wine Estate

Klein Parys is the oldest estate in the Paarl (meaning Pearl of the Cape) region and was first granted to the Le Roux Family by Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1692. Renowned winemaker, Kosie Möller and his ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Kleine Draken Wine Estate

Kleine Draken can be found on the South Eastern foothills of the Paarl Mountain is the only estate in South Africa dedicated to producing all Kosher wines and juices and Kosher for Passover. They were once ...

Paarl Wine Tours & Tasting

Laborie Wine Estate

The Laborie Wine Estate is part of a small group of Estate brandy producers. Méthode Cap Classique Sparkling wines, white, red and fortified Pinotage dessert wines as well as Brandy is available under the Laborie ...

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