Welcome to Drakenstein
Paarl, the pearl of the Cape Winelands
The scenic beauty of Paarl compels visitors to explore the many cultural and historical attractions in the Drakenstein Valley together with some of the most beautiful nature reserves in our surrounding mountains. Here you can revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails or cycle along superb mountain-biking trails.
Paarl takes its name from the huge granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain. Founded in 1687, it is the third oldest settlement in South Africa and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. Paarl boasts true winelands hospitality and award-winning wine farms and estates. You will also find just outside Paarl is the Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and from which he completed his “long walk to freedom”.
Wellington, the heart of the Cape Winelands
Wellington is renowned for its beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, picturesque environment, gardens and numerous wineries.
The historic Bain’s Kloof Pass, with its unsurpassed vistas, indigenous fauna and flora and crystal-clear rock pools is the perfect spot for hikers, while closer to town, guided wine-walks and horse-trails through the farmlands and fynbos can be enjoyed.
Wellington is a unique town that offers visitors the opportunity to meander off-the-beaten track and discover the scenic beauty and produce of the valley.
The Wellington Wine Route is small and compact and the cellars are within easy driving range of each other. Enjoy award-winning wines, breath-taking views and country-style hospitality.