WHERE TO DO THE BEST WINE TASTING IN PAARL (as published by Crush: 19 December 2017)

Well, it’s no secret that there is an endless choice of wineries in Paarl who 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 in Paarl.

WINE TASTING IN PAARL

FAIRVIEW

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 from Monday to Friday, 09h00-17h00. The tastings start at R20 per person but they also offer a cheese and wine tasting for R40 and a cheese, wine and olive tasting for R80.

Location: Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Hours: Monday – Friday 09h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 863 2450

fairview.co.za

FREEDOM HILL

With a choice of two tasting spaces – go for the fireplace in winter – Freedom Hill offers a classic wine tasting option for R30 per person or you can go all out for their toffee and nut tasting for R70 per person.

Location: Wemmershoek Road
Hours: Monday – Friday 10h00 – 17h00, Saturdays: 12h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 867 0085

freedomhill.co.za

KWV SENSORIUM

Undoubtedly the place to be when it comes to wine tasting in Paarl, the KWV Sensoriumoffers way more than just wine. There’s a gallery filled with the works of local artists for you to stroll through but when you’re ready for wine, you have the choice of a number of options, including an art and wine pairing. Check out these amazing recipes paired with KWV wines.

Location: 57 Main Road, Paarl
Hours: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 14h30. Saturday: 09h00 – 14h00
Contact: 021 807 3094

kwv.co.za

MELLASAT

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. Book when you have a group as they only take up to 8 people at a time. For R100 you’ll taste five wines, each paired with a snack. Bookings are essential!

Location: Keerweder Road, Klein Drakenstein
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 09h30 – 17h30. Sundays: 10h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 862 4525

mellasat.com

LANDSKROON

You can spend an entire day win tasting in Paarl just at Landskroon, picnicking out on the lawns but when you’re ready, they offer a well-priced tasting of their wines at R35 per person.

Location: Suid-Agter-Paarl road
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 – 17:00, Saturday:  9:30 – 13:00
Contact: 021 863 1039

landskroonwines.com

NEDERBURG

Possibly one of the most well-known wineries in South Africa, you know you can’t go wrong with a Nederburg wine.They offer a couple of different wine tasting options depending on what you’re feeling like, but we’re most impressed by their cheese and wine tasting. Meet Nederburg’s assistant white winemaker Chandré Petersen.

Location: Sonstraal Road
Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 09h00 – 17h00, Saturday: 10h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 862 3104

nederburg.co.za

RHEBOKSKLOOF

You can get up close and personal with Rhebokskloof’s wines in their tasting room, where their experienced staff lead a tutored tasting of the different Rhebokskloof wine ranges. For R20, you can taste any five wines, but a bonus is that tasting fees are refunded against wine purchases.

Location: Noord Agter Paarl Road
Hours: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00, Saturday – Sunday: 10h00 – 15h00
Contact: 021 869 8386

rhebokskloof.co.za

 SPICE ROUTE

If you’re looking for a spot that accommodates bigger groups, then Spice Route is the place for you. Offering simple wine tasting, one with charcuterie and a dedicated Swartland tasting, Spice Route seats groups of 10 or more.

Location: Suid Agter Paarl Road
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 09h00 – 17h00:00 ~ 17:00
Contact: 021 863 5200

spiceroute.co.za

RIDGEBACK WINE

Offering world-class wines in an idyllic setting, at Ridgeback you can taste 5 wines for R25 or 10 wines for R75. They also have a restaurant with a deck overlooking all of Paarl.

Location: Windmeul, Paarl
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10h00 – 17h00. Sunday: 10h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 869 8068

ridgebackwine s.co.za

WINDMEUL

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.

Location: C/O R44 & Paardeberg Road, Agter-Paarl
Hours: Monday-Friday 08h00-17h00, Saturday: 09h00-15h00
Contact: 021 869 8043

windmeul.com

ZANDWIJK

Zandwijk, the only estate vineyard in South Africa dedicated exclusively to Kosher and Mevushal wines, offers tours and tastings by appointment at R30 per person.

Location: Pieter Hugo Street
Hours: Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 863 2368

zandwijk.co.za