Spice Route Paarl – by Expressions Photo


Treat yourself, family or friends for a weekend of great experiences and unforgettable memories! Stay at the highly recommended Diamant Estate and visit the spectacular  Spice Route for Wine and more wineCheese, Beer,  GrappaChocolate, Art, Restaurants, Glass-blowing demonstrations, mix your own unique Spice Salt and much more.

 

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Paarl Event Photography – A weekend in Paarl 

The only Paarl Event Photography we have really covered in the past is wedding photography.  It was so refreshing to be able to be “tourists” for a weekend and document the images of a recent Paarl Media Educational trip.

A weekend in Paarl is such a great idea!  It’s close enough to Cape Town to be able to leave after work on a Friday afternoon, yet you feel as if you have left the big city life far behind.  We were recently invited to attend a Paarl Media Educational with a bunch of really cool people.  Although we pretty much only covered a 5km radius, we got to experience SO much!   It certainly has whetted the appetite to return and to explore more of this gorgeous area.  We’d love to grow our Paarl Event photography portfolio too!

The lovely ladies from Hatch Communication put together a fabulous itinerary for our weekend in Paarl.  We are especially grateful that they gave up precious family time to transport us to different locations and join us for some of the events.  We felt like VIP’s!

The drive out to Paarl is stunning.  Turning onto the Suid Agter Paarl Road you are immediately struck by the beauty of the area.  In the soft winter light even the bare vines seem to hold a special kind of charm.  Their starkness against the popping winter greenery was so striking.

The very beautiful Diamant Estate nestled at the foot of the Paarl Mountains kindly offered to accommodate us for the weekend.  As one takes the turning to the estate and you wind your way up the through the vineyards something catches your eye through the trees lining the driveway.  Then it comes into full view – the grand old manor house with its stately Cape Dutch Gable dating from the early 1800’s.

 

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Spice Route, Paarl

Spice Route in Paarl played host to the second and third day of our wonderful Discover Paarl Media trip. This fabulous media educational was organized by the lovely ladies of Hatch Communication.   To see Part 1 click here.

Our tummies were well lined after our scrumptious, hearty breakfast at the Goatshed Restaurant on Fairview Wine Estate.  After a final cup of coffee we were ready to explore the wonders of Spice Route.

Spice Route is an estate just outside Paarl offering a collaborative of unique artisanal products.  Not only is it a sensory overload for the taste buds, there is also an interesting selection of art and handcrafted products too.  The view across the valley is gorgeous.  You could literally spend an entire day soaking it all up.  It’s a wonderful ‘one stop winelands destination’ offering something for everyone.

Our first Spice Route stop was at the wonderful Brenda’s Deli.  On entering, the air was heavy with the aroma of herbs and spices.   For a moment it felt as if we had been transported to a faraway land.

The lovely owner, Brenda de Jager has always been intrigued by food and flavours.  Travels to exotic places such as Morocco, Spain and Argentina inspired her to start experimenting with her own blending.  Since 2007 Brenda has been producing the most delicious jams, preserves, spice products and much more.

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Next up on our itinerary was The Barn Artists Studio Gallery.  The studio and gallery functions as a work and exhibition space for resident painters Diane Back and Jake Watson.  They regularly invite local artists to create and display their work alongside them.  We got to see Diane at work busy with one of her magnificent creations.

Outside the door there was a little stand set up with spin art.   This instantly took me straight back to my childhood.  ‘Spin Art’ had always been one of the highlights for me at the local church bazaar.  Literally the last time I saw one of these contraptions was when I was 6 years old.  I am dying to go back to make a few of them sometime!

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Next up on our Spice Route tour was a visit to the Trading Company.  I think our hosts had to tear us (especially the girls) away from this gem of a shop.  There were just so many absolutely beautiful goodies ranging from jewelry and pottery, to beautiful linen, accessories and stationery.   Abigail stressed the importance they place on stocking authentically handmade, limited edition pieces crafted by local South African artists.  Abigail is a thrifty, creative lady herself.  She pointed out the beautiful rustic shop fitments which had been loving upcycled from gems that had been lying around in some of the old farm sheds.  Thank you for our gorgeous handmade notebooks.  They are coming in very handy.

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Click here to see many more beautiful Expressions Photos of produce and the fun we had at The Trading Company

 

Our next stop was something we really had been looking forward to from the moment our itinerary was emailed to us.  Our close friends will know that Andre & I have a soft spot for craft beer.  So when we heard we would be visiting the Cape Brewing Company, we were super excited!

What an honour to do a brewery tour with the highly skilled brewmaster, Wolfgang Koedel.  Wolfgang and his team craft their beers according to the strict rules of the German Purity Law.  They source only the finest and most pure ingredients, and use state of the art equipment.

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Click here to see many more beautiful Expressions Photos of produce and the fun we had at The Cape Brewing Company

After our tasting it was time for refueling at the Barley and Biltong Emporium.   Barley and Biltong  specializes in delicious snack platters consisting of biltong, breads, cheeses, pate’s and cured meats.   As if this was not delicious enough we were treated to a selection of their divine gourmet burgers.  The hand cut double-fried chips were undoubtedly some of the yummiest around!  The weather had started to turn, but the cosy indoor seating with roaring fireplace was perfect.

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The Spice Route is like the Louvre … a one day visit is fantastic but just definitely not enough!

 

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