Where To Do The Best Wine Tasting in Paarl
It’s no secret that there is an endless choice of wineries in Paarl that all produce outstanding wine. When it comes to wine tasting, where do you start with a route this long? Leave it to us to round up the best wine tasting experiences in Paarl.
There are some really exciting wines coming out of the Fairview Estate, in particular, the young and fresh Bloemcool range. You can taste these, along with the flagship Fairview Wines at the estate. Fairview, also known for producing lovely cheeses, offers a Farmer’s Tasting with a selection of six wines paired with four different cheeses and two cured meats. They have a Standard Tasting of six wines and cheese, as well as a Kiddies Pairing with cheese and lemonade.
Price: tastings start at R 50 pp.
Location: Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Hours: Mon-Fri: 09h00-17h00 | *bookings essential for groups of 10 or more
Contact: 021 863 2450
This wine estate offers the ideal wine tasting experience, whether it’s the heart of summer on their veranda, or in the cold of winter by the fireplace. Take in the splendour of the Simonsberg Mountains, which just so happens to be the iconic site of the ‘walk to freedom’. Freedom Hill offers a Classic Tasting of four and six wines. Chocoholics will love their Ferrero Rocher & Lindt Chocolate Pairing of six wines and chocolates. Staying true to their name, they even have a Private Tasting option, where you get to choose the venue.
Price: tastings start at R 45 pp.
Location: Wemmershoek Road
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10h00-17h00 | Public Holidays: 10h00-17h00
Contact: 021 867 0085
KWV offers an unforgettable wine tasting experience, which takes place in their Cathedral Cellar. Sample KWV’s award-winning wines, as their staff guides you through the history-rich cellar building. If you like you could even get a private tour.
Price: tastings start at R 80 pp.
Location: Kohler St, Southern Paarl, Paarl
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10h30 & 14h15 | Sat & Sun: 10h00
Contact: 021 807 3007 | 021 807 3008
You can spend an entire day wine tasting in Paarl just at Landskroon, picnicking out on the rolling green lawns. They offer a Heritage Food & Wine Pairing that includes five wine tastings from their Landskroon range and cheese, olive, droëwors and Turkish delight pairing. You can also try their decadent Paul’s Food & Wine Pairing, which comes with five wines and a Cape Vintage Port, paired with nougat in dark chocolate.
Price: tastings start at R 110 pp.
Location: Suid-Agter-Paarl road
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h30-17h00 | Sat: 09h30-13h00
Contact: 021 863 1039
Mellasat has become known for their outstanding white Pinotage and you can taste it, along with the rest of their fantastic wines, at their curated cellarmaster reserve tasting. Be sure to book when you have a group, as they only take up to 8 people at a time. You can taste five of their wines, each paired with a snack.
Price: tastings start at R 50 pp.
Location: Keerweder Road, Klein Drakenstein, Drakenstein
Hours: Mon-Sun: hours differ
Contact: 021 862 4525
Possibly one of the most well-known wineries in South Africa, you know you can’t go wrong when selecting a Nederburg wine. They offer a couple of different wine tasting options but we’re most impressed by their cheese and wine tasting at The Manor. We love that each wine tasting experience is unique, as the Nederburg team change the tasting selections on a weekly basis.
Price: tastings start at R 70 pp.
Location: Sonstraal Road
Hours: Mon & Wed-Sun: 10h00-16h00 | Closed Tues
Contact: 021 862 3104
Ridgeback serves world-class wines in an idyllic setting. Take a stroll in their garden and admire the exotic waterfowl at their dam. Their Wine Tasting Centre happens to be located in their restaurant too, which is great if you need some nourishment. You can taste their lifestyle wine, premium wines or even do a master tasting, if you like. Oh, did we mention that the deck restaurant overlooks all of Paarl?
Price: tastings start at R 40 pp.
Location: Off R44, Windmeul, Paarl
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 869 8068
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
You can get up close and personal with Rhebokskloof’s wines in their tasting room, where their friendly staff lead a tutored tasting of the different Rhebokskloof wine ranges. You can taste any five wines from their Rhebokskloof Range (Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage and MDS) and Flatrock Range (Sparkling wine, white and red blend). Not only do you get to savour delicious wine, but tasting fees are refunded against wine purchases. We highly recommend taking home Rhebokskloof’s Shiraz. Their winemaker, Rolanie Lotz, also crafts some of the best Rhône-style wines For those with a sweet-tooth, they also have a Chocolate and Wine Pairing.
Price: tastings start at R 50.
Location: Noord Agter Paarl Road
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00-17h00
Contact: 021 869 8386
If you’re looking for a spot that accommodates bigger groups, then Spice Route is the place for you. They accommodate groups of 10 or more, just be sure to make a tasting reservation. Spice Route has two wine tasting offerings… The Winemaker’s Journey tasting includes a selection of six wines, including two of their premium wines. For their Wine & Charcuterie Journey, you receive a tasting of six wines, paired with six different Jewell’s cured meats.
Price: tastings start at R 75.
Location: Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-17h00
Contact: 021 863 5200
Under Oaks Estate
Learn all about the interesting history of Under Oaks, as their friendly staff take you on an informative tour. You can taste five of their delicious red and white boutique wines, of which Cabernet Sauvignon is their speciality.
Price: tastings start at R 75 pp.
Location: Noord Agter – Paarl Rd, Paarl
Hours: Tues-Sun: 11h00-16h00
Contact: 021 869 8045
The in-depth tastings held at Windmeul will not only teach you about the Estate’s wines, but you’ll learn all about the terroir in Paarl and what makes it so special. Windmeul has four wine collections, including a Reserve Range, which features their Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape Blend, Pinotage, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc.
Price: tastings are free.
Location: C/O R44 & Paardeberg Road, Agter-Paarl
Hours: Mon-Fri: 09h00-17h00 | Sat: 09h00-15h00
Contact: 021 869 8100
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