Back Family

Fairview Crest

Back in Time

Now established in the traditional heart of the South African wine industry, the Back family stems from a lineage of great entrepreneurs, innovators and winemakers.

An immigrant from Lithuania, the young Charles Back I landed on these shores in 1902. With a strong work ethic and passion for wine, he soon built up a booming wine export business. Upon his death in 1955, he bequeathed a wine farm to each of his two sons, in whom he’d also instilled a spirit of endeavour. One son, Cyril Back received Fairview, where he lived with his wife Beryl. Together, they successfully bottled their own wine for the first time in 1974, and initiated the Cape’s first public wine auction as a vehicle to market the fledgling Fairview wines. Their son, Charles Back II, started farming with Cyril in 1978, upon completion of his oenological training at Elsenburg. In 1995, Charles Back II took over full responsibility for the farm upon his father’s passing. From the start, Charles wanted to do things differently – introducing Mediterranean grapes such as Viognier, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah to the Cape. He also began to make artisanal cheese – a business that has gone on to become every bit as prestigious and successful as wine. In 2014, when Charles received the International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement, in his characteristic humility, he expressed “But I have barely begun to achieve what I want to achieve!”.

History of Fairview

1693

fairview-historyFairview, then Bloemkoolfontein, granted to first settler

1699

fairview-first-wine

First wine made on the farm

1902

1902An immigrant from Lithuania, the young Charles Back I lands on these shores

1955

img_20161010_0024Cyril Back takes over farming Fairview

1980

img_20161010_0039Cyril starts the dairy goat herd

1978

img_20161010_0037Charles Back II starts farming with his father, Cyril

1990

img_20161010_0006Cheese factory grows and offering expands

2016

fairview-logo_vector-09Our online shop goes live

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