The Paardeberg (‘horse mountain’) divides the Paarl and Swartland wine regions. This hilly, off-the-beaten-track region offers delightful surprises waiting around every bend.
The climate during winter is very cold, with an average rainfall of 400-600 mm. Summer is typically very hot during the day, with cooler temperatures at night.
Some of the highest vineyards above sea level in the Swartland region are found here, at about 700 m. Vines are planted on the slopes of the Paardeberg in relatively deep soil consisting of decomposed sandstone, granite and some clay, while glenrosa-scali-type soil is found on the lower northeastern slopes.
Wineries in the Paardeberg
AnnexKloof Wines received the 2006 Champion Wine Trophy of the Swartland for its wooded Malbec.
Babylon’s Peak Private Cellar on the farm Nooitgedacht was renovated in 2003 and produced its first vintage in the same year. This family-owned cellar is known for its Chenin Blanc and Syrah/Syrah blends.
Badenhorst Family Wines are made on Kalmoesfontein Farm in the Paardeberg area, where two cousins Hein and Adi Badenhorst, restored a neglected cellar on the farm that was last used in the 1930’s to make natural wines in the traditional manner.
Dragonridge Winery on Fynbos Estate was established in 2004 and named after one of the mountains on the farm which resembles a sleeping dragon. During the harvest season, visitors can experience the art of winemaking during special getaways, with accommodation in the Fynbos Mountain Retreat guesthouse.