The Western Cape

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  • 1. Afrikaanse Taalmonument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Like the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, the concrete Afrikaanse Taalmonument, set high on a hill overlooking Paarl, holds a special place...Read More

  • 2. Afrikaanse Taalmuseum

    Museum/Gallery

    It was from the Gideon Malherbe House, now the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum, that the Society of True Afrikaners launched its campaign in 1875 to gain...Read More

  • 3. Avondale Wine

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Although the farm was established as early as 1693, current owners Johnny and Ginny Grieve have done some serious reorganizing in the vineyards...Read More

  • 4. Backsberg

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Framed by the mountains of the Simonsberg, this lovely estate is run by the Back family, well known for producing great wines of good value...Read More

  • 5. Bain's Kloof Pass Road

    Scenic Drive

    The Bain's Kloof Pass Road, built by engineer Andrew Geddes Bain and opened in 1853, links Wellington to Ceres and Worcester. The road (an extension...Read More

  • 6. Bovlei Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Driving down Bain's Kloof Road, as you approach the initial slopes of Bain's Kloof, look out for the Bovlei Winery, on the right. Constructed...Read More

  • 7. Dutch Reformed Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The old Dutch Reformed Church (also known as the Strooidakkerk) is a thatch (strooidak) building dating from 1805. The cemetery contains the...Read More

  • 8. Fairview

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This is one of the few wineries that is good for families. Children get a kick out of seeing peacocks roaming the grounds and goats clambering...Read More

  • 9. Glen Carlou

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    What comes out of Glen Carlou is rather special. The Quartzstone Chardonnay 2010 is exceptional, "The Welder" dessert wine is excellent, and...Read More

  • 10. Jan Phillips Mountain Drive

    Scenic Drive

    Halfway down the hill from the Afrikaans Language Monument is a turnoff onto a dirt road and a sign for the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. The...Read More

  • 11. KWV

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Short for Ko-operatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging (Cooperative Winegrowers' Association), KWV regulated and controlled the Cape wine industry for...Read More

  • 12. Landskroon

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    With a name meaning "crown of the land" in Afrikaans, this venerable estate, run by the ninth generation of the de Villiers family, produces...Read More

  • 13. Nabygelegen

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Before you head up the spectacular Bain's Kloof Pass, do a quick detour to a quieter corner of the busy winelands. Situated in the heart of...Read More

  • 14. Paarl Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Main Street North doglegs to the right at Lady Grey Street before continuing as Main Street South. On your left, the Paarl Museum, formerly...Read More

  • 15. Rhebokskloof Private Cellar

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This winery sits at the head of a shallow valley, backed by hillsides covered with vines and fynbos. It's a lovely place for lunch on a sunny...Read More

  • 16. Spice Route

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, has bought the estate two farms down from him in Paarl. The Spice Route produces deep-flavored wines, using...Read More

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