The Western Cape Sights

Fairview

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's 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 2009 Pinotage is excellent, as is the 2013 La Beryl Blanc.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). The cheese at Fairview is not to be missed. Visit the Vineyard Cheesery, the first carbon-neutral cheesery on the African continent, and taste the Roydon Camembert. If you care to linger, you can have a light meal and freshly baked bread at the Goatshed restaurant for around R80.

Sight Information

Address:

WR3, off R101 (Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd.), Paarl, Western Cape, 7646, South Africa

Phone:

021-863–2450

Sight Details:

  • Wine and cheese tastings R25, cheese tastings R12
  • Daily 9–5

Published 03/07/2016

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