8 MILE ROUTE MEANDER – NORTH SIDE OF PAARL
The Main Street of Paarl is the equivalent of 8 miles (12.8km) and impossible to experience in one day. Locals call it the 8 Mile Route. The reason why this road is so long and straight is because it was used by wagons en route to the north via Bainskloof Pass. We have segmented it to show you what the northern side has to offer.
Ridgeback Wines & Guest House
Located in the tranquil gardens and overlooking a dam populated with a range of exotic waterfowl, The Deck Restaurant offers delicious home-style cooking meals at Ridgeback Wines & Guest House. The tasting centre is also situated there.
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate dates back to 19 August 1692, when Simon van der Stel, then governor of the Cape, awarded a free grant of land to Dirk van Schalkwyk. Apart from their wine tasting facility, restaurant and top-notch Mountain Trail Biking trails. Their newly renovated restaurant and tasting room are open seven days a week and their lovely, lush lawns makes for the perfect picnic spot during summer.
Wine Valley Adventures
Wine Valley Adventures is situated on Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and offers a unique winelands experience. Whether it is a luxury hourly trip or a romantic sunset wine tasting ride you can enjoy horseback or quad bike riding along and over one of the most beautiful mountains in South Africa. The rides begin on the beautiful Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and proceed up into the surrounding Paarl Nature Reserve. Riders are treated to spectacular views of the Du Toits Kloof Mountain range, the Swartberg farming areas to the West and the majestic Table Mountain to the South. They cater for beginners to advanced riders. Experienced guides will ensure an unforgettable outing.
Under Oaks Vineyard Suites & Boutique Wines
Under Oaks is situated under ancient oak trees and is a hands-on family business. It is one of the oldest farms in South Africa. Their vineyards are nurtured in harmony with the environment, allowing nature to produce healthy and high-quality grapes. Boutique style wines are then produced in small quantities from only the best grapes from a specific vintage. They pride themselves in creating top quality wines and providing meticulous personal service and attention to detail. A stay in their Vineyard Suites is the ultimate delight in Winelands luxury.
It is always reassuring to surround yourself with people that know what they are doing. Such is Boland Cellar. Taste the wine-making expertise of the region at Boland Cellar with their proud heritage of collaboration at the cellar’s tasting room.
Salem Biblical Garden
Discover a “Journey through the Bible” with a garden path that is about 400m long with ten stations depicting scenes, artwork and displays from the Bible. Hiking tours, hiking and mountain biking trails are also available for visitors. There is a kiosk for refreshments and picnic places. It is open daily from 8:00 to 18:00.
Discover the serene and picturesque Salem Biblical Garden on the northern side of the 8 Mile Route. Biblical art, sculptures, picnics, hiking and mountain biking can be viewed and experienced when visiting.
Pearl Mountain Wines
Pearl Mountain Wines is a boutique wine farm situated right in the middle of Paarl. It has been owned by the Retief family for five generations. Its location against the slopes of Paarl Mountain makes for beautiful views when dining at their restaurant, Blacksmith’s Kitchen. The restaurant was originally a blacksmith’s cottage in 1747. It has a cosy fireplace for chilly winter nights and a lovely outside area under the trees that overlooks the vineyard and valley.
Berg River Brewery
The bond of the founders and owners is what brings flavour to the Berg River Brewery brand. The Taproom is their ultimate pride and joy and this is where you can join in on the action. Enjoy the atmosphere and some beers with Glenn and Shaun.
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