Category Archives: Winelands & Four Passes

Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -Monument, Paarl

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The Taalmuseum is situated in the heart of Paarl, in the former house of Gideon Malherbe, one of the founders of the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (GRA) (Association of True Afrikaners). The museum’s exhibitions inform you about the history and diversity of Afrikaans. Come and view the GRA’s printing press, test your knowledge of idioms and buy a souvenir in our museum shop. Guided tours need to be pre-booked.

The Taalmonument is situated on Paarl Mountain. Come visit us to discover more about the history of Afrikaans! Did you know that the roots of Afrikaans can be traced back to three continents, namely Europe, Asia and Africa? The architect, Jan van Wijk, designed the Taalmonument to give recognition to these diverse origins of the language. Click here for a virtual tour of the Taalmonument

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Ommiberg/Round the Rock, Paarl Wine Festival

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The Ommiberg / Round the Rock wine festival started 10 years ago. The objective was to introduce the Paarl Wine Route to consumers who are not aware of the region, and especially to introduce them to smaller producers who may not be open during normal business hours.

The trade idea behind the Ommiberg / Round the Rock festival is based on a well-known German festival, where you taste the young wines of the new harvest season. The cellars open their doors for one day so that people actually can go into the cellar and taste straight from the tank. The new wine is unfiltered so you can experience the mercy and cloudy color of the wine. The Germans call the color of the wine “Fiederweissen”, which means “ feather white”.

This festival is based on a unique concept. There are many different wine festivals but during the Ommiberg / Round the Rock festival you can actually taste the first wines from the current season here in Paarl, at the beginning of March.

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Redemption Leather Products, Wellington

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Welcome to Redemption Fine Hand Crafted Leather. We specialize in making high-quality handmade leather products at a reasonable price.

You can order their products from any country in the world, via their website.

Redemption handcrafted leather products had its origins in the late 70’s when an ambitious young man, André Olivier, developed his passion for leatherwork.

Arnold Slabber, the current owner, saw André's leather products and immediately was attracted to the quality and creativity of it. Arnold already manufactured handmade leather products of his own. André’s shop in The Market became an outlet for Arnold’s leather goods. When André made a career change, he presented Arnold with the opportunity to purchase the business from him.

In March 1982 the Slabber’s became the new owners of Redemption fine handcrafted leather. The factory and the factory shop are situated outside Wellington on route to Bainskloof pass. The Slabbers still continue with the handmade tradition using only genuine leather for their wide range of products.

You can order their products from any country in the world, via their website.

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Val Du Charron, Wellington

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Val du Charron's 4-star Guesthouse and 5-star Coach House offer luxury accommodation in Wellington, on a working Wine Estate in the heart of the Bovlei valley. Val Du Charron is ten minutes from the town of Wellington and less than an hour's drive from Cape Town - the perfect accommodation spot in the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa.

Val du Charron also offers a beautiful spa and conferencing facility in Wellington.

The original farm was proclaimed in 1699 and, as only the fifth family to hold title, the owners are conscious to maintain its historic integrity and re-establish the tradition of wine making on the farm itself. This can be evidenced in the rehabilitation of the historic buildings and the character of the architecture of the Estate.

Most recently, Cathy and Stuart have added a very popular restaurant to the mix at Val du Charron – Piza e Vino. With its stunning terrace and splash pad, it is a family friendly restaurant with the most stunning views. This is the second restaurant on the Estate joining another award-winning franchise, The Local Grill at Val du Charron steakhouse which is a treat for guests and locals alike

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