Veer off the beaten track along and below Du Toitskloof Pass in Paarl Wine Route.

Du Toitskloof mountain pass is located 70km from Cape Town and is a beautiful 24km drive through the mountains with views over Paarl Valley and Paarl Rock.

Situated along and below the historic Du Toitskloof Pass you can veer off the beaten track and visit gems of places such as Mellasat Vineyards, Amberg Art & Kitchen and Druk My Niet Wine Estate.


Mellasat Vineyards

This boutique cellar enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein Mountains, where sweeping vineyards and panoramic views over Paarl and its famous granite domes set the scene for a fabulous wine tasting experience.

Mellasat is home to the White Pinotage. They were the first in the world to produce and release the enigmatic White Pinotage commercially.

Visitors can sip on a selection of award winning wines (including the one-of-a-kind white pinotage) at their tasting room which also offers a selection of cheese and charcuterie platters and gourmet picnics during summer.

The Harvest Picnic is a great option to enjoy in their garden after some wine tasting. Make sure to book your picnic basket before you visit the farm.

Visitors can also experience the Cemetery of Forgotten Wines in their underground cellar which hosts an interesting and bizarre collection of museum wines.

Contact 021 862 4525, tastingroom@mellasat.com


Amberg Art & Kitchen

Tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Pass, Amberg Art & Kitchen is set in a beautiful Swiss-style house – this is not something you often see in the Cape Winelands!

The restaurant has a homely atmosphere, great service and delicious Austrian cuisine. It is a family-run restaurant with Austrian chef Peter in the kitchen, his charming wife Clarissa in front of house and son Dominique making the Austrian Ravioli.

Enjoy breakfasts, light meals, lunches, dinners and kiddie’s menu options with breath-taking views over Paarl Valley whilst having the option to be seated inside or outdoors.

If you have room left… their desserts are delicious too!

All art pieces from well known artists are for sale, which also adds to the atmosphere of the rustic interior of the restaurant.

Open Wednesday – Sunday.

Contact 071 664 6938, ambergartandkitchen@gmail.com


Druk My Niet Wine Estate

Situated on a biosphere reserve, among 24 hectares of endangered fynbos and several species of Proteas, this boutique winery is known for its environmentally friendly farming methods and scenic surrounds.

The farm is host to a view-drenched tasting room and luxury self-catering cottages.

Wine tasting is by appointment only. Visitors are taken on a private tour of the boutique winery and learns about the area and production methods before enjoying a tasting at the tasting room that overlooks Paarl Valley.

Those looking to spend the night can rest their head in farm-style luxury at one of the four modern self-catering cottages, three of which boast a shared infinity pool for cooling off in the hot Paarl summers.

The Olive and Protea cottages sleep two respectively, while Guava cottage (sleeps four) and Fynbos cottage (sleeps six) are great options for larger groups. Each cottage is fitted with a spacious open-plan kitchen and living room with a TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, an open fireplace and private terrace with a braai overlooking one of the farm’s dams, the vineyards and mountain ranges.

Contact 021 868 2393, carlien@dmnwines.co.za