Paarl Winelands

Situated 60 km inland from Cape Town is the historic town of Paarl. The area is known to be one of South Africa’s best wine producing regions. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chardonnay and Shiraz are all grape varieties, that do exceptionally well in the area.

Paarl vineyards are found on the lower slopes of Paarl Rock, and in the valley of the Berg River. As a result, there are a great variety of soils primarily consisting of granite and shale soils for the vineyards. The hot climate works in the wine farmers favour. The vast variation of terrior in Paarl gives the wine makers the opportunities to experiment with many grape varieties. The red blend (often found in a Bordeaux blend) are popular here.

Paarl has a long history of wine production- French Hugenots settled here in the 1680s, planting vines and orchards. The mountain takes its name after the Dutch word for ‘pearl’ because of they way it glistens after rainfall.

KEY FACTS
Area: 60 km inland from Cape Town
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chardonnay & Shiraz
Known for: Variation of terrior allows experiments with grape varieties
THE REGION
Area: vineyards are found on the lower slopes of Paarl Rock, and in the valley of the Berg River
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chardonnay & Shiraz
Known for: The red blends are popular here