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Plaisir de Merle - Distell

Established in 1693, Plaisir de Merle is a Paarl wine estate boasting charming and tranquil surroundings. Walk over the moat that encircles the cellar, its waters filled with koi fish and churned by a small, replica watermill. Here, you will encounter some of the best wines in the Cape, one of the many meccas on the Cape Wine Route.

Headed up by cellarmaster Niel Bester, only the finest vintages are crafted from the earthy yet refined cultivars of the land. The grounds are surrounded not only by stretching vineyards, but also by lush meadows and trees. As well as purchasing a bottle or two, you can indulge in wine tasting with any of the estate’s wines on offer and delicious cheese platters.

Once the intriguing flavours have fallen silent on your tongue, you may choose to marvel at the frieze at the cellar’s entrance, an artwork created by Jan Corewijn to celebrate and acknowledge the work done by early pioneers of the farm. One of the many gorgeous havens in the Cape Winelands, it is also open as a wedding venue.


  • Opening hours: 09h00 – 17h00 Mon to Fri/ 10h00 to 16h00 Sat/ 10h00 to 14h00 Sun
  • Tastings: Wine and brandies
  • Ambience: Traditional Cape Winelands
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Offers both wine and cheese tasting and is open to hosting weddings and other events

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Plaisir de Merle - Distell

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