Paarl produces even more wine than Stellenbosch and gained some of its earlier importance as the headquarters of the once-powerful KWV organisation, which for years controlled the industry's output with stifling regulation and blanket support. Much fortified wine is still made here, including some quite convincing flor sherry-style wines and the large producer Nederburg pioneered botrytised Chenin Blanc. However, it is the table wines and reds in particular which now dominate.

Some favourite producers: Fairview, Glen Carlou, Rupert & Rothschild, Plaisir de Merle, Villiera.

In a nutshell

A red wine hot-spot.