Paarl in the Cape Winelands

In a sunny and fertile valley in the Cape Winelands lies Paarl, one of the oldest towns of South Africa. The name Paarl means "Pearl" - after the round granite boulders west of town. At a certain light, they shimmer like pearls. Paarl is the centre of the Cape Wine industry, boasting numerous wine estates of world fame - like Nederburg, Graham Back or Laborie, which can look back on 300 years of wine making history. Paarl played an important role in the development of Afrikaans as an autonomous language. As such it was proclaimed by the "Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners" in 1875. The Taal Museum in Main Street provides detailed information on the topic. And the "Afrikaanse Taalmonument" high above the town is also worth a visit. More information: http://www.southafrica-travel.net/westcape/cawi_02.htm