Spice Route Winery in Paarl draws its inspiration from the ancient routes where exotic spices, ebony, silk and fine textiles were traded between historical civilizations in Asia, Northeast Africa and Europe. You can literally find sugar, spice and all things nice here!
I am usually not a fan of the big, commercial wine estates but for Spice Route I make an exception. I mean, who can ignore a treasure trove filled with fine wines, craft beer brewed on site, artisan cured meats, one of South Africa’s top chefs, a chocolate factory, art galleries and much, much more?
You can easily spend the better part of a day soaking up the atmosphere at Spice Route; try the Spice Route wine and Richard Bosman meat pairing; taste and learn all about Cape Brewing Company’s craft beer, brewed on site using century-old German techniques; feast on artisan chocolate wrapped in wonderfully vintage-themed packages; eat a truly South African meal with Bertus Basson’s modern take on old classics, or feast on a juicy burger at Barley & Biltong; and shop ‘til you drop at the oriental inspired Trading Company and the resident painters’ gallery and shop.
I have heard that there is also a grappa distillery and a pizza restaurant, but to be honest I still haven’t made it that far despite having visited 3 times by now. It’s a great excuse to come back again though! Spice Route may be a commercial estate in that it can cater for large amounts of people with vastly varied tastes. But what made me fall in love with the place is that they have managed to do this without compromising quality and, even more important, providing carefully curated artisan products made with love and the best local ingredients.