When you’ve seen and done it all in Cape Town, a day trip into the surrounding countryside may be just what you need. If rural authenticity, rolling vineyards and mind-blowing food experiences are what your heart yearns for, there are few alternatives for the Boland town of Paarl. Exploring the wine routes of Paarl is a no brainer if visiting Cape Town.

Paarl is known for its vineyards and world-renowned wines. Olives, tobacco and citrus fruits are also produced here. The picturesque town is scattered with historical buildings with the Berg river gently meandering through the middle of it. 

History was made in the town when Nelson Mandela was released from the Victor Verster prison on the outskirts of Paarl. Before his release, Nelson Mandela was held in a house previously used to accommodate prison warders. Visits are allowed to view the house and the bronze Mandela sculpture by Artist Jean Doyl at the still functioning correctional facility. 

A visit to Paarl can’t be complete without a taste of the local wines. Full-bodied and spicy red and crisp white wines are the hallmark of the Paarl wine route. Explorers are spoilt for choice when it comes to opportunities for wine tasting and cellar tours of the renowned estates of the area. Some farms also have picnic spots with breathtaking views,  titillating food and wine pairings and whole family activities.

Wines from Paarl are world-renowned. With a host of different varieties, they are top in almost all of them including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinotage.  There are 49 wine estates in Paarl alone, plenty of wine to taste and a beautiful scenic view to match.  Travelling through the countryside is just serene.

Just around the corner from Durbanville and Stellenbosch, the wine visiting options are endless.  You can book a private day trip to Paarl by car or shuttle by calling us or completing our contact form. We will also be more than happy to help you plan an itinerary for the day.