13 Mar Harvest Celebrations in Full Swing!
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 most important and busiest time of year on any wine farm.
From early in the morning until late at night, tractors roll into the cellar carrying tons of freshly-picked grapes from our vineyards, and our viticultural, winemaking and cellar team work like a finely-tuned machine to ensure all the grapes are handled with care and crafted to perfection. This window period of harvest normally starts anywhere from January and ends latest in April, depending on the climate conditions, grape varieties and wine styles. At Fairview, we started harvest in mid-January, and are almost finished now, with the last few Bordeaux-varieties coming in.
As harvest is all about reaping the fruits of the vines and connecting with the hands around you, the Goatshed decided to celebrate this magical time, by hosting a harvest table. This wonderful paddock-to-plate experience is all about bringing the farm’s bountiful produce and fruits of the harvest directly to the table for guests to experience and enjoy in a relaxed al fresco setting.
Guests will be seated at a long table set under a vine canopy where they are encouraged to mingle with those around them over trendy sharing platters prepared and conceptualised by the Goatshed restaurant head chef, SJ Nel. The menu will feature some of Fairview’s finest artisanal produce, including generous servings of its renowned cheeses, breads, olives, charcuterie and homemade preserves. In the spirit of the bounty of the harvest, guests will be able to help themselves to a bottomless supply of Fairview’s new young wines, which they can tap straight from the vat in true farm style.