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Fairview Review

This is one of the few wineries that is good for families. Children get a kick out of seeing peacocks roaming the grounds and goats clambering up a spiral staircase into a goat tower. In fact, Fairview produces a superb line of goat cheeses and olive oil, all of which you can taste. But don't let Fairview's sideshows color your judgment about the wines. Charles Back, a member of the family that runs Backsberg, is one of the most successful and innovative winemakers in the Cape, and the estate's wines are top-drawer and often surprising. Back doesn't stick to the tried-and-true Cape varietals. The zinfandel-Cinsaut blend is quite unusual, as is the Shiraz-mourvèdre-viognier blend. The winery also makes creative use of the farm's many Rhône varieties. Perhaps it's just because the pun was irresistible, but (as claimed by the label) goats are sent into the vineyard to personally select grapes for the Goats-do-Roam, which is indeed like a young Côtes du Rhône (infuriating French winemakers). Likewise, the very popular Goat-Roti sounds awfully like Côte-Rôtie. If you care to linger, you can have a light meal and freshly baked bread at the Goatshed restaurant for around R70.

    Contact Information

  • Address: WR3, off R101 (Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd.), Paarl, 7646
  • Phone: 021/863–2450
  • Cost: Wine and cheese tastings: standard tasting R20, master tasting (with flagship wines) R60, cheese tastings R10
  • Hours: Weekdays 8:30–5, Sat. 8:30–4, Sun. 9:30–4; cellar tours by appointment
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  • Location: Paarl

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