13 Reasons to Visit Spice Route Winery

13 Reasons to Visit Spice Route Winery

This boutique wine village is home to some excellent restaurants, a deli, a glass-blowing studio and an art gallery, making it the perfect day trip into the country.

A mere 45-minute drive from the city, Spice Route’s delightful village set-up in Paarl is the perfect day-trip destination for the whole family. Aside from fabulous restaurants, there’s a smorgasbord of tempting things to do, see and taste. Here’s our round-up of where to eat, shop and play.

1. Jewells


Chefs Warehouse maestro Liam Tomlin has joined forces with charcuterie whizz Neil Jewell and baker extraordinaire Tina Jewell to open a farm-to-table eatery in the Paarl Winelands – at Spice Route to be exact.
The new restaurant has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bertus Basson at Spice Route and is due to open for Easter 2019. As you’d expect, only the best-quality ingredients will be used in the dishes: vegetables and herbs from Spice Route’s surrounding farmland, and organic Red Angus beef from Charles Back’s herd.
The experimental winelist comprises a Spice Route selection, including a new range of natural wines, produced in clay vats from Georgia (in Europe, one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions).
With three talented chefs at the helm, a beautiful winelands location, and farm-fresh produce – we’ve no doubt Jewells will shine bright like a diamond. Watch this space!
Opening April 2019
Contact 021 863 5200, info@spiceroute.co.za

2. La Grapperia

La Grapperia: Spice Route

Enjoy a selection of wood-fired, thin-based pizzas, flammkuchen (German-style pizzas) and tapas with a glass or two of Spice Route’s award-winning wines at this casual eatery. Our jovial party of 10 enjoyed a light lunch under the trees, sharing a variety of dishes from the tapas menu followed by several delicious pizzas with different toppings. Our pizzas took a while to arrive, but the friendly hostess explained that on busy days the restaurant serves over 400 covers.
All four platters on the menu sounded tempting – Antipasti Salumi (Italian cold meats), Antipasti Verdure (marinated vegetables), Black Forest and the Fairview Cheese Platter – but we chose the creamy chicken livers, venison fillet on a toasted garlic-butter crostini, carpaccio with lemon and olive oil, capers, rocket and Parmesan, Bitterballen (Dutch potato and meat croquette) and a salad to share, followed by crispy pizzas, all washed down with the delicious Spice Route sauvignon blanc. Everything was fresh and tasty, and enjoyed by all. On a perfect late summer’s day we should have lingered longer, but some had to get back to town.
Open Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Contact 021 863 4367, grapperia@wilderer.co.za.

3. Barley & Biltong

Barley & Biltong: Spice Route

The beer garden on the top level of the farm village has arguably one the the best views in the Boland. The outdoor seating at long wooden tables and benches set on a peach-pip floor is ideal for large groups. Indoors there is a long wooden bar counter under a reed ceiling, with several TV screens strategically placed for big-match days.
The restaurant is reputed to serve some of the best burgers in the area – thick juicy patties with mature cheddar and homemade tomato sauce served on a sesame bun with chips. A light lunch is chalked up on the blackboard daily – on the day we visited, it was steak and chips (R110). The spacious area is a perfect place to while away a few hours while enjoying an ice-cold pint or two of Cape Brewing Company (CBC) beer made next door with a selection of beef, kudu, eland and springbok biltong served in artisanal-looking brown paper bags.
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 5200, info@barleyandbiltong.co.za

4. DV Cottage Café

DV Chocolate Cafe: Spice Route

For a delicious sweet treat and a cup of the good stuff, head to this coffee shop for freshly roasted Arabica coffee, a tempting array of cakes (made with De Villiers Chocolate) and home-made ice cream. We popped in for a quick coffee, and even though we asked for it to be “short and dry”, it arrived long and wet…
Open Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 874 1060, info@dvchocolate.com

5. Spice Route Tasting Room

Spice Route Tasting Room

As its name implies, Spice Route recalls the ancient mariners of the 15th century who braved the Cape of Storms in search of exotic spices. Charles Back, who owns the highly successful Fairview Estate just 800 metres up the road, opened the winery in 1997, which was considered to be a bold move at the time. Today, however, his bold spirit seems to have paid off, with the new destination attracting flocks of locals and out-of-towners.
When it comes to wine-tasting, there are three options: Malabar Tasting (R40), Swartland Wine Journey (R50) and Wine and Charcuterie Journey (R85). If it’s chilly outside, head to the cosy underground tasting room, but if it’s a beautiful day, enjoy your wine under the pergola, or on the expansive lawns, where newly planted plane trees and umbrellas provide shade.
Open Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 5200, tasting@spiceroute.co.za

6. Wilderer Distillery

Wilderer Distillery: Spice Route

Master distiller Helmut Wilderer has been making award-winning grappa and eau de vie (schnapps) at his premises next door to La Grapperia since January 2013. Having won numerous gold and double-gold medals at international competitions, Helmut is regarded as a pioneer of craft distilling and one of the best in his trade.
If you are interested in witnessing the process, pop in at the on-site distillery, where tastings cost R30. Look out for Cape Healing Herb Bitter, a naturally produced local liqueur using over 30 fynbos herbs including buchu, betulina, rooibos, devil’s claw and African wormwood. It has won a gold medal and costs a princely R250!
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Contact 021 863 4367, grapperia@wilderer.co.za

7. Richard Bosman Cured Meats

Richard Bosman: Spice Route

Richard Bosman has been producing exceptional quality Italian and Spanish-style charcuterie since 2009 but has not, until now, had the opportunity to showcase all his artisanal products under one roof.
The opening of his immaculate cured meat deli, next to the Spice Route Tasting Room, is where he and his team use traditional methods, time and quality products to make the magic happen, he says. Richard only uses pasture-reared meat sourced from selected farmers in the area, which he hand-salts, hangs and cures for two to 12 months. It’s a carnivore’s dream to see his entire range displayed in the fully stocked fridges or hanging from the deli ceiling. Do a charcuterie tasting (R30), so you know exactly which products you’d like to buy and take home with you.
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 083 227 3494, info@richardbosman.co.za

8. The Cape Brewing Company

Cape Brewing Company: Spice Route

Opened in December 2012, the Cape Brewery Company (CBC) produces a wide range of craft beers – under the watchful eye of skilled brewmaster Wolfgang Koedel – who insists on using only the finest ingredients and state-of-the-art equipment. Aficionados can view the facilities, watch the entire production process and taste it immediately after – either on tap or at the tasting stations. There are four core brews: pilsner, lager, Krystal Weiss and Amber Weiss made using crystal-clear water from a nearby spring in the Paarl mountain, which gives the beer its unique flavour. Choose between tasting four beers (R30) or six (R40) before you decide which (and how many) crates to take home with you! Check out all CBC Beer Tasting details here.
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 2270, info@capebrewing.co.za

9. De Villiers Chocolate

DV Chocolate Cafe: Spice Route

There’s more to chocolate than meets the eye at DV Artisan Chocolate – one of the few “Bean to Bar” micro-chocolatiers in the world. The factory and shop are situated in a charming historic building on the farm where chocolates are hand-crafted from cocoa beans sourced from all corners of the globe. The shop also sells medium-roast Arabica coffee beans and drinking chocolate.
Daily tastings are available and vary from the chocolate and confectionary tasting (R25) to the chocolate truffle workshop for connoisseurs (R145).
Open Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 874 1060, info@dvchocolate.com

10. The Trading Company

Trading Company: Spice Route

No visit to Spice Route should be made without popping into Abigail Bisogno’s gorgeous new store, The Trading Company. A former retail director at Focshini, Abby (who happens to be the sister of Spice Route owner Charles Back) has created a shop filled with exciting treasures – from handmade, limited-edition pieces by well-known local artists to bespoke homeware, exotic furniture, premium baby products, hand-painted cushions and table linen, jewellery, stationery, and much, much more. Most of the products are made from natural materials and all the décor in the store has been handmade locally or spruced up by local craftsmen. With its mix of old and new, it’s a quirky treasure trove where you’re sure to find the ideal gift for anyone and everyone you know. Tourists can pick up all the gifts they need to to take home to loved ones in this one-stop shop.
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.
Contact 021 863 5223, contacttradingco@gmail.com

11. Brenda’s Deli

Brendas Deli: Spice Route

Foodie extraordinaire Brenda de Jager has turned her passion for all things edible into a business that makes preservative- and additive-free jams, preserves, pickles and glazes. Find her deli at the entrance to the Spice Route and stock up on one of her fragrant jams, the perfect accompaniment to a slice of buttery toast or a fluffy scone.
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 3392, info@brendas.co.za

12. The Barn Artists’ Studio & Gallery

Spice Route Paarl Barn Studio

This work and exhibition space is where resident artists Diane Back (owner Charles Back’s wife) and Jake Watson display their works alongside other invited artists. Visit the studio to see the artists at work, or pick up an artwork on sale at the studio.
Open Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 5221, barnartists@gmail.com
082 313 0712, art booking with Fern

13. Red Hot Glass

Spice Route Paarl Red Hot Glass

Situated next door to Bertus Basson’s restaurant is one of the few Venetian-style glass-blowing studios in the country. The objects in the shop are exquisite – from hand-blown perfume bottles to capacious vases and wonderful abstract statues, ornaments and artworks. If you’d like to, watch the craftsmen going about the business of glass-blowing at the back of the premises.
OpenMonday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Contact021 863 0330, info@redhotglass.co.za

Subscribe to our newsletter for your weekly guide to what’s hot around the Cape.


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 11 August 2017

Add new comment

16 Responses to “13 Reasons to Visit Spice Route Winery”

  1. Colette de Vries

    The art gallery doesn’t exist anymore. There is a Pilates Studio (Pilates for Life) and a beauty salon (Beaty is Life) in it’s place. Please correct this. Refer to the Spice Route website for info. Thank you.

  2. Lynet Wallis

    Ons is 9 dames wat 30 Augustus wil kom besoek afle en wyn proe. Moet ons bespreek

    • Michelle de Bruin

      Hi Lynet,

      Jy is deur na The Inside Guide. Jy sal Spice Route Tasting Room direk moet kontak om navraag te doen om besprekings: 021 863 5200

  3. Maureen Momsen

    Fabulous find

  4. Robert Grant

    I agree with comment 11.
    The jewellery shop is well worth the look. I went for a look and spent money because the stuff is unique and the service tops.

  5. Ariadne Coombes

    I went there and had an awesome day but the best was looking through the jewellery shop Sirenia which nobody knew existed as it isn’t advertised.

  6. Nawaahl Alexander

    Are there any places offering halal meals?

  7. Fagmeda

    Pictures and specials of spice route Paarl

  8. Leon Van der Westhuizen

    Excellent venue with lost of niches in one place. It is a great stop on one of our Cape Cheese Route Tours and with a great view of Table Mountain too! Connoisseur’s delight!

  9. Selma

    Is daar n kaart beskikbaar hoe om elkeen van die restaurante en besoek punte op die Spice Route???

  10. colleen

    Choc tasting was awesome!! Though prices incorrect…

  11. nadia

    Hi daar. .ons wil graag ons kinders op n uitstappie neem. ..wat bied jul als vir kinders aan

  12. Charlene Windvogel

    We are five girls that will be visiting one of your restaurant on the 8th of December.Please advise if we should make a booking at the place.We would to partake in the chocalate company biltong restaurant and the restaurant and some wine tasting.Thanks

  13. Arno Londt

    your prices are incorrect!

  14. Miriam

    goeie middag,
    ek wil graag uitvind hoe werk dit as ons n groep van +- 16-18 ons year end lunch by die Spice route wil kom geniet. wynproe en lunch en dan wat ookal ingesluit word. ons is van Power Construction. ons kyk na 25 November 2016 van +- 13h00 af.

    baie dankie

    Miriam de Beer

  15. Beth

    Really helpful.Great write up.