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Tales from our Farm

We like to keep busy here at Fairview! Be it harvest, kidding season or the release of  a brand new cheese, we always have plenty of news to share and this is where you’ll find it!
  • Yes. You read that right! Goat Yoga is now a trend. After first gaining traction in the USA, the animal therapy-meets-exercise concept has been grabbing the attention of every

  • Saturday, 14th October marks National Pinotage Day – a day to celebrate South Africa’s specialty, a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. First crossed in 1925 in the gardens of

  • This week, on the 2nd October, is World Farm Animal Day! At Fairview, we’re all celebrating, as our farm is always a hub of activity, thanks to our beloved animals that

  • The story of Fairview cheeses starts three decades ago, when Cyril Back purchased his first Saanen dairy goats, setting Fairview on the path to becoming one of South Africa’s

  • This Sunday, 24th September, marks our National Heritage Day! It is a day when South African’s are encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions in the wider context

  • Following two visits to the Cape earlier this year, Tim Atkins fifth edition of the South Africa Special Report comes out today. We are very proud and happy to announce that w

  • The concept of Broken Barrel is simple.We have over 600 hectares of land across 5 appellations, and our team has the privilege of working with 31 different grape varieties. Br

  • On the 15th August 2017, our Goats Do Roam Rosé received a gold in South Africa’s only rosé wine competition, ‘Rosé Rocks!’.  The competition seeks to recognise excellen

  • Please note: Our Kidding Season will be up and running from Saturday 16th September until the end of October. Our baby goats will be out ONLY on Saturday and Sunday from 9am –

  • Buying wine online might seem a little foreign. After all, wine is a sensual experience, incorporating your sight, smell and taste – none of which is really available di

  • On the 1st August 2017, the second annual Winemag Signature Red Blend Report Awards was held at Villa 47 in Cape Town, with our Fairview Extraño making us proud yet again, win

  • Rosé is like the under-celebrated middle-child of the wine world- she really does have her work cut out for her when it comes to proving herself. So, fellow wine starter-upper

  • It’s that time of the year again! The amazing La Capra Goat Run is a much-loved charity event that celebrates the sounds, sights and tastes of Paarl and the spirit of La Capra

  • As mid-winter bring with it colder temperatures, we dust off our boots and straighten out our warm jackets. Recipes like homey soups, stews and slow-cooked meals are suddenly

  • This year, our Goatshed Restaurant will host its 4th annual Charity Dinner on 27 October 2017. After battling cancer for many years and realising what a true privilege it is t

  • At Fairview, we have a proud history of ‘firsts’. Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators of the wine world – an indi

  • This week, our Fairview Piekenierskloof Grenache was named one of the top 20 South African Grenache Noirs by renowned South African sommelier Higgo Jacobs. In his review, Jaco

  • As a farm, our goal is simple. We want to cut out the middle man, and sell direct to our visitors. Why? Because we are agriculturally-driven farmers, and believe that we shoul

  • With thousands of grape varieties out there, about 1,300 of which are used to make wine commercially, we don’t blame you if you find it tricky to identify your Pinot Noir’s fr

  • If you’ve ever tried some of our Single Vineyard wines, you might have come across the term ‘old vines’. But what exactly do we mean by that? It’s quite simple really. We mean

  • Winter time calls for blankets. And heaters. And red wine. And cheese! At Fairview, it should come as little surprise that we absolutely love our cheese. And in winter, there

  • At Fairview, our mission is to create a fully sustainable farm – starting from the ground up. With a herd of over 900 goats, we employ conscious farming techniques by co

  • We’re thrilled to announce our most recent award winners in the 2017 Shiraz SA Wine Challenge. On the 31st May 2017, Fairview once again proved its prowess in the cultiv

  • The latest addition to the offerings from Fairview is our very own Extra Virgin Olive Oil, packaged in a 500ml bottle and available at our Farm Deli Shop and now online for R7

  • One of the key philosophical traits Fairview has orientated itself around is to always push the boundaries of traditional winemaking. For decades, our team has done this by pl

  • Winter, as much as some of us would like to deny it, is here. With the sun setting earlier and our hands seeking comfort in the depth of our pockets, regular carb-filled indul

  • The 2017 National Wine Challenge winners were announced on 25 April 2017 at a gala event, where Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl was named a Vineyard Consistency Award

  • It’s hard to believe that 2017 is swooshing by as swiftly as it has so far! As April comes to a close and May begins, we’re checking our calendars in disbelief. A

  • Fairview has recently launched a new Pear with Caramel edition to their popular, handcrafted White Rock cheeses. Mild and semi-soft, White Rock cheese contrasts beautifully wi

  • With thousands of grape varieties out there, about 1,300 of which are used to make wine commercially, we don’t blame you if you find it tricky to identify your Pinot Noir’s fr

  • Easter is around the corner, and we have great news – our roads are finally open, meaning no more roadworks! To celebrate this and this special family time, we’re making

  • We are so proud to announce our winning labels from this year’s 2017 Wine Label Design Awards! Our Fairview Extraño came in with a Bronze medal, while our new Bloemcool

  • When it comes to winemaking, after grapes, oak is an important (and expensive) component of many wines, having a crucial impact on the quality and final outcome. Last year, ou

  • Did you know that our Tasting Room is the most popular cheese and wine destination in the Cape winelands? Building on a reputation that stretches back in history, Cyril and Be

  • When it comes to winemaking, the first and most crucial ingredient is grapes. Without them, there would be no wine! The collection of these grapes is called harvest, and it is

  • The newest addition to Fairview’s growing assortment of popular, handcrafted White Rock cheeses is Mango & Ginger. Mild and semi-soft, White Rock cheese dreamily complemen

  • You could say there is a trend permeating among local winemakers, and it is a very positive one at that. After centuries of keeping close to traditionally classic, cooler clim

  • It’s harvest time at the farm, and things are in full swing at the moment! This week we catch our winemakers Anthony, Stephanie and Annette in a moment of respite betwee

  • Tired of fruitcake imprisoned in marzipan? With Fairview’s delectable offering, you can create a trendy, tiered tower of artisanal cheese rounds that are stacked and decorated

  • Love is in the air at Fairview and we want to help you spoil your special someone! Why not share some bubbles with the one who make your eyes sparkle? We recommend our Fairvie

  • We’re thrilled to share that Fairview’s Charles Back has been awarded the 1659 Wine Industry Medal of Honour for 2017! In his acceptance speech, Charles stated tha

  • With thousands of grape varieties out there, about 1,300 of which are used to make wine commercially, we don’t blame you if you find it tricky to identify your Pinot Noir’s fr

  • At Fairview, our vision is to become a self-sufficient, working farm. We are steadily working towards ensuring that everything we need for the restaurant, tasting room, shop a

  • Run by talented Chef SJ Nel and warm-hearted Restaurant Manager Shannon Riley, Fairview’s beloved country-style eatery, the Goatshed, received a recent revamp at the end

  • Do cheese shops and carts intimidate you? Where do you even begin when it comes to fancy cheeses? That’s okay! As with any niche, it can be truly overwhelming to figure out th

  • With thousands of grape varieties out there, about 1,300 of which are used to make wine commercially, we don’t blame you if you find it tricky to identify your Pinot Noir’s fr

  • 35 years after our famous Goat Tower was first built, Charles Back and team decided to create a bigger, more exciting playground for the most important members on the farm, th

  • We’re all ready to welcome you this festive season! You might be aware that we’ve had road works on our road all year to ensure a safer road for our patrons, but a

  • We’re celebrating! We’ve been working hard to make our offering available to you even after you’ve left our cellar doors. Today marks the launch of our brand new website and o

  • With everything we do here on the farm – whether it’s rearing our beloved goats to provide us with the creamiest milk to make our range of Chevin rolls, or kneading out dough

  •   “Our 6th Addition to the Single Vineyard Range” One of the key philosophical traits Fairview has orientated itself around is to always push the boundaries of tra

  • In the early 80s, Charles set off on a trip to Portugal. The goal was to visit the cork industry, as the montado landscape of Portugal produces approximately half the cork har

  • With a name as enticing as its delicate rose petal hue, we are proud to introduce a more serious style of rosé wine, the Fairview Rose Quartz 2016! South Africa’s vineyard lan

  • Here’s a story many have asked to hear, but I’ve shared with few. The story of how I lost my thumb. As an individual, I’ve always loved being right in the heart of the action

  • Sometime in the 90s, Charles was jogging along the road in the South Coast town of Vermont near Hermanus, when he spotted Nelson Mandela standing on the stoep of celebrated So