Just outside of Cape Town lies some world-renowned wineries. Africa has some of the most prestigious wineries on the planet. South Africa is a very old wine-producing nation. South African wine makers know the exact date that their history began: Feb. 2, 1659. On that day, Jan Van Riebeck, who had led the first Dutch settlers ashore seven years earlier, wrote in his diary: “Today, praise be to God, wine was pressed for the first time from Cape grapes.”
With so many wineries to select from we choose to visit Fairview Wine, which is a working farm that strives to ensure that everything they do is driven by their three principles; being honest, honoring their heritage and ensuring that ingenuity perpetually flows from their soils and cellars. Fairview Wine Tasting room dates back to the 1970’s and it’s world famous tasting room consists of 4 unique, barrel-shaped pods that facilitate a welcoming and more social tasting.
Fairview offers over 50 cow’s milk and goat’s milk artisanal cheeses, including white mould, blue mould, feta and cream cheese styles. Our tasting came with expertly paired selection of 6 Fairview cow and goat’s milk cheeses.
Fairview bottled their first wine in 1974. Traditional reds such as Shiraz and Pilotage are their signature but they also have an extensive list of white wines. Favorite white wines at the farm are Chenin Blanc and Viognier. They list includes but not limited to:
- Cape Granite Red Blend
- Fairview Barbera
- Fairview Broken Barrel 2015
- Fairview Chardonnay
- Fairview Mourvèdre
The grounds at Fairview are beautifully manicured. We took a tour around the property and I must say this is a gorgeous property.
You can’t come to Fairview and not strike a pose next to this vey interesting sculpture.
We ended our wine tour with a delicious lunch at the Goatshed Restaurant. The restaurant offers delicious farm-style comfort food, award-winning selection of artisanal cheeses and a diverse range of handcrafted wines. Dishes at the farm are made from scratch.
What’s your favorite wine and cheese pairing?