Celebrate the flavours of Paarl this winter

Do not forget to drop in at Nederburg where great food and fine wine meet up.

Still wondering what to do over weekends or during the holidays? Well, why don’t you escape the winter blues and head for the beautiful Paarl region in Drakenstein.  Fabulous food, fine wines and warm hospitality await visitors for a perfect winter breakaway.

Paarl has something special planned during the winter months to entice guests on a culinary journey that showcases the unique flavours of the region.  Various restaurants and wine farms are offering tantalising food and wine pairings and special wine tastings. This is also the ideal time for wine lovers to stock up for winter with producers offering amazing wine deals and special promotions.

Menu options range from traditional, country-style breakfasts, cheese and charcuterie platters, Karoo platters and gourmet burgers to sumptuous Sunday buffet lunches. Think winter warmers such as hearty soups, lamb shanks, pork belly, slow-braised beef short ribs and Cape Malay chicken curries paired with fantastic local wines.  If the weather permits, visitors can still venture outside to enjoy a picnic and the beautiful scenery.

RIGHT: Let chef Edmore Ruzoza's creations at The Red Table at Nederburg takeyou on a culinary journey.

Try something different and embark on a brandy journey, an artisanal chocolate pairing, enjoy a 4-course meal paired with CBC beers or attend a cooking demonstration with a renowned local chef.  Explore the magic of winemaking with a wine blending experience or visit a real farmers’ market with incredible, fresh local produce.

Paarl is definitely a family-friendly destination with special kids’ entertainment, activities and menus offered at many venues.  Youngsters enjoy customised tastings, while the grown-ups sample some of Paarl’s award-winning wines.

ABOVE: The view of the Paarl valley from the Grand Roche Hotel.

If you’re planning a weekend break, book the special winter packages at some of the conveniently located accommodation facilities such as the magnificent Grande Roche Hotel winter offer, which includes accommodation, 3-course dinner and breakfast or Diamant Estate.  Even special celebrations are catered for with an authentic Italian feast for 14 people in the home of a genuine Venetian chef.

ABOVE: Taste 10, 12, 15 and 20-year old brandies, paired with chocolate, at the KWV's House of Fire.

Participants include the Barley & Bilton Emporium, Bertus Basson Restaurant at Spice Route, Blacksmith’s Kitchen, De Villiers Chocolate, Eat @Simonsvlei, Grande Roche Hotel, House of Fire at KWV Wine Emporium, Kikka Laborie, Knus Karoo Kombuis, Landskroon, Le Bonheur Croc Farm, Mellasat Vinyeards, Pearl Mountains Wines, Perdeberg Winery, Rhebokskloof Restaurant, The Red Table at Nederburg, Volksmond Coffee & Curio Shop, Windmeul Kelder and Winelands Vitamins.

Visit www.paarlonline.com for a detailed listing of participating members or click on http://www.paarlonline.com/paarl-special-offers/ for winter offers or contact Paarl Tourism on 021-21 872 4842.  Also follow us on @paarl_tourism om Instagram and @paarltourism on twitter.