Paarl Wine and Food Route is one of South-Africa’s most famous wine-producing areas and is located only 1 hour inland from Cape Town.
The Paarl Wine Route, renowned for its rich, full-bodied, spicy red and crisp white wines, is the second oldest in the country after Stellenbosch.
The area is best known of the quality of its Shiraz, the climate in particular favouring this varietal.
Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Viognier and Mourvedre are increasingly well regarded.
The town of Paarl is bordered on the east by the Boland Mountains and on the west by the imposing Paarl Rock.
Paarl Rock is the second biggest granite outcrop in the world after Aires Rock in Australia and is also home to the magnificent Afrikaans Language Monument.
On a clear day it is possible to see Table Mountain in Cape Town from the top of Paarl Rock.
The vineyards of the Paarl Wine Region are found on the lower slopes of Paarl Rock, on the northern side of Simonsberg Mountain and in the valley of the Berg River.
The city of Paarl is known to have one of the strangest and longest main roads of any town in South Africa.
The town of Paarl is basically built around the Paarl Rock Mountain.
The town is also famous for hosting the biggest crowd annually for a school rugby game – in access of 25 000 spectators.
Many Springbok Rugby players have come from the two schools, Paarl Boys High and Paarl Gymnasium.