Western Cape

Paarl The Paarl wine region is located in the coastal area of South Africa’s Western Cape - about 65kms north-west of Cape Town. The town of Paarl at the heart of the region, named after the shiny granite mountain in the distance, which early Dutch settlers arriving in 1657 called: 'den Diamont ende Peerlbergh' - 'The Diamond and Pearl Mountain'.

In 1688 Dutch settlers established the first farms in the area, and one year later a group of French Huguenots arrived and began to plant vineyards. Over 360 years later and with approximately 16,000ha of vines in the region, this French influence can still be seen in the landscape and tasted in the wine. Paarl is situated in the Berg River Valley, flanked by the Paarl mountains and Drakenstein Range.

The region is further subdivided into the Franschhoek Valley, Wellington, Simonsberg-Paarl and Voor Paardeberg. The climate is very similar to the Rhône Valley in France, with moderate warm summers cooled by Atlantic breezes towards harvest season. Vineyards grow on the flat valley floor, and have expanded extensively into the surrounding hillsides. There are three distinct soil types in the Paarl district - with the mountain slopes composed of granite-based soil, and as such have very good drainage. The fertile Berg River Valley contains a soil blend of primarily Table Mountain sandstone, whereas shale deposits are interspersed throughout the north-eastern corner of the district.