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The Paarl wine region is located in the Coastal Region of South Africa’s Western Cape. The town of Paarl at the heart of the region is named for the shiny granite mountain in the distance, which early Dutch settlers called “den Diamont ende Peerlbergh” (“the diamond and pearl mountain”). 
 
Paarl is situated in the Berg River valley, flanked by the Paarl mountains and Drakenstein Range. The climate is very similar to the Rhone in France, with a moderate warm summer cooled by Atlantic breezes toward fall and the harvest season, and a wet winter. There are three distinct soil types within Paarl: sandstone along the Berg river, free-draining granite on and toward the mountains and shale in the northeast corner. 
 
The main varietals grown in Paarl are Shiraz, Mourvedre, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Semillon and Chardonnnay. 
 
Paarl is further subdivided into the Franschhoek Valley and Wellington.  Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Paarl View all

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Subregions of Paarl

Popular Wineries in Paarl View all

  • Villiera

    Villiera is a family run winery situated in the Stellenbosch region, producing still wines and ...

  • Mebus Estate Vineyard

    A year of research went into finding the ideal location for our vineyard. We did lots of travell...

  • Akkerdal Wine Estate

    Akkerdal Estate is situated in the picturesque Franschhoek valley. It is nestled between majestic...

  • Nelson's Creek Wine Estate

    Nelson Wine estate was adjudged the Champion Wine Estate and Private Producer under 2000 tonnes f...

  • Pond Paddock Vineyard Ltd

    In 1999 our family arrived in Martinborough, New Zealand from Victoria, Canada and began to devel...

  • Boland Kelder

    Situated in the picturesque Paarl Valley, Boland Cellar has much to boast about. Nominated as one...

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Paarl on Snooth

  • Tormentoso Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Noble Hill Estate Blend Simonsberg-Paarl 2012

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    Light red fruit on the nose. Showing some cooked yet fresh red fruit, raspberry and red currant. Quite delicate in the mouth but does supply some supple texture towards the finish which is zesty and chewy, with some licorice and cherry notes bubbling up. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bizoe Henrietta Franschhoek 2014

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    Lemon and melon notes on the delicate nose with intoxicatingly thick fruit. Medium bodied in the mouth, bordering on medium-light and continuing with the melon notes and a touch of persimmon. Towards the finish this turns quite creamy and buttery with a lingering note of peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Val du Charron Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

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    Meijer Dec. '15. Not bad for a supermarket Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the only non-California Cab in the house. Anybody who follows this wino knows I don't buy many bottles over $20, but most Michigan supermarkets, and this a broad brush I am painting with, do not understand or do not know where to go to find wine value. Mostly overpriced domest... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Fairvalley Pinotage 2012

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    Jammy shiraz-like rich medium bodied red a lot of dark fruit blackberry and boysenberry I sell it for under $10 great value for Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Boekenhoutskloof the Wolftrap 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by jillpickle


  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier 2014

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    Tending toward old world style with nice acidity and biting tannins. Not really impressed. improved with some air. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Stony Brook Red Blend Franschhoek Valley Ghost Gum 2002

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    This was the last bottle of wine that we brought back from South Africa with us years ago. It was a nice bottle but I do not think that it benefited from cellaring as much as I expected. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Sgmv 2012

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    My 1st experience with Ridgeback Wine was a winner. Read More

    Wine review by byrnesey


  • I will be visiting South Africa in August and would love some ideas, insight... help! I don't know the South African wines and I want to spend my time in the Winelands getting to know the best is has to offer rather than bouncing from one winery to the next without a plan.

    Comment by 220383Debra Ann 220383 Debra Ann


  • I will be visiting South Africa in August and would love some ideas, insight... help! I don't know the South African wines and I want to spend my time in the Winelands getting to know the best is has to offer rather than bouncing from one winery to the next without a plan.

    Comment by 220383Debra Ann 220383 Debra Ann


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