The town of Paarl is not far from Cape Town and known around the world for its wine production. Founded in 1688, Paarl was immediately recognized as an ideal climate in which to farm. Settlers began growing grapes and planting orchards of various fruits. To this day, Paarl is known as a prominent fruit-growing area in South Africa.
In addition to the wineries you can visit around Paarl, the town is also worth a visit for its historic Cape Dutch architecture, many of which date from the 17th century. The town is also famous as the place where the Afrikaans language was born.
Paarl is located about 37 miles northeast of Cape Town.