CENTURIES OF INNOVATION

Paarl is one of South Africa’s most prominent wine regions, known for its rich wine heritage and exceptional wine production. Situated in the Western Cape province, Paarl forms part of the Cape Winelands, a region celebrated for its picturesque landscapes, historic wine estates, and exceptional wine varieties.

Paarl has a long and storied history in winemaking, dating back to the late 17th century when European settlers first arrived in the Cape of Good Hope. The region’s name, “Paarl,” is derived from the Dutch word for “pearl” and is said to have been named after the glistening granite boulders found in the area.

Paarl has played an important role in the establishment of the first branded cellar in South Africa with the establishment of KWV, dating back to 1918, and the introduction of cold fermentation to promote wine quality in 1937 by the then-owner of Nederburg, Johann Georg Graue (viticulturist, brewer and tea specialist).  In 1975 the Nederburg Auction of Rare Cape Wines came about when Günter Brözel introduced noble late harvest wines. His legendary dessert wine Edelkeur was and is still offered exclusively at this annual auction.

A number of firsts have also recently been made in the SA wine industry from Paarl, including the first bottling of Viognier, the first Bordeaux Blend, and the first Nouvelle.  The Paarl region is also the first place in the world to produce white Pinotage, Pinotage fortified dessert wine, and the first blend of Tempranillo, Tannat, and Tinta Amarella.

When you visit our wineries, you will find that the majority of them pay homage to their heritage by naming wines after their first owners, winemakers or cellar masters.