SUMPTUOUS: Chef Edmore Ruzoza of the Nederburg Red Table Restaurant takes pride in the food he serves.
Escape the winter blues and head for the beautiful Paarl region. Fabulous food, fine wines and warm hospitality await visitors for a perfect winter breakaway.

Paarl has something special planned for winter, enticing guests on a culinary journey, showcasing unique flavours of the region. Restaurants and wine farms offer tantalising food and wine pairings and special wine tastings. A perfect time for wine lovers to stock up for winter as producers offer 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.

Try something different and embark on a brandy journey, an artisanal chocolate pairing, enjoy a four-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 a family-friendly destination with special kids’ entertainment, activities and menus offered at many venues. Youngsters enjoy customised tastings, while the grown-ups sample Paarl’s award-winning wines.

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, three-course dinner and breakfast or Diamant Estate. Special celebrations are catered for with an Italian feast for 14 people in a genuine Venetian chef's home.

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 Vineyards, 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. @paarl_tourism on Instagram and @paarltourism on Twitter.