Fairview admin on September 13th, 2012

Wine and Cheese  are happy to announce that  we will donate the funds raised at this years’ Fairview La Capra Goat Run, being held on 10 November,  to the Sunfield Home in Wellington.

The residents have found their way into the hearts of many in the Boland area, including ours, and they could not have done it without the love and support they receive  at the Sunfield Home in Wellington.

Sunfield traces its roots back to the Magaliesburg Children’s Home for the Mentally Handicapped, which was established near Hartbeespoort Dam in August 1953 by the parents of eleven mentally handicapped children. Conditions were harsh on the Highveld and during early 1955, the parents collectively purchased the 22 ha “Greendale” farm just to the west of the little village of Howick in Natal. They moved the eleven children and the managers, Mr and Mrs Schafer, down to the gentler climate of Howick – and the flagship Sunfield Home was born.

The Wellington Home is one of many Sunfield establishments, and has been supporting, guiding and empowering mentally challenged adults since 1991.

Sunfield Wellington houses and cares for over 100 mentally challenged adults from the Western Cape area, and there are over 80 individuals on the waiting list. The residents at Sunfield Wellington cannot function independently as a result of a genetic dysfunction, injuries, and health conditions. The dedicated staff provide these incredible individuals with everything they need to achieve the quality of life everyone deserves. With constant supervision, they are exposed to and taught necessary life skills, routine work, involvement in household activities, sporting activities and enjoy various outings which enrich their loving hearts and curious minds.

The need for this kind of special establishment is growing by the day. Unfortunately, due to the government only subsidising R22 000 of the R343 000 monthly expenses and the establishment having to rely on parents (levies), fund-raising projects and contributions from businesses, such as ourselves, Sunfield Wellington is struggling to make ends meet.

Fairview has worked closely with Sunfield Wellington for many years,  we have included the residents of the Home in small, but very important aspects, of the business. These amazingly determined adults are involved with the Cheese factory, folding all the small packaging boxes for our cheeses, as well as placing the stickers on the Chevin and Cream Cheese packaging. They also make the tags for all the cheese on the cheese platters at the Goatshed Restaurant. They are compensated for each and every item they deliver to us and we cherish their contribution to our company.

Fairview, although a constant support to the Home, has seen that there is a great need for funds towards this place that brings light to so many people’s lives. Sunfield Wellington is not just a house for these adults, but it is their home, their sanctuary where they can live to their full potential. The thought of them not having the encouragement and love found here is not one that wants to be entertained by us, or anyone else.


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Fairview admin on September 13th, 2012

The first wines entitled to carry South Africa’s fully traceable new ethical seal have been announced by the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA). In what is believed to be a world-first amongst wine-producing countries, the seal, based on rigorous auditing of WIETA’s code of good conduct, provides confirmation that fair labour practices are being adopted by the producers of these wines.

The list of  wines includes wines produced under the Fairview, La Capra and Spice Route labels and all 7 of the Fairview and Spice Route farms are Wieta acredited.

30 Wines will be on show and available for international wine buyers and journalists to taste at Cape Wine 2012, the industry showcase hosted by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), later this month. This will include 10 wines from  the Fairview, La Capra and Spice Route labels; six from Robertson Winery; six from Distell, with two from the company’s new Place in the Sun range and four from Tukulu; six from Durbanville Hills and its Durbanville Hills and Rhino Fields range as well as two from Spier. Some of the  producers involved are also Fairtrade-accredited.

WIETA will have its own stand at the trade exhibition that runs from September 25 to 27 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The WIETA code is premised on the base code of the International Labour Conventions’ Ethical Trading Initiative and also incorporates South African labour legislation. It precludes the use of child labour, asserts that employment should be freely chosen and that all employees should have the right to a healthy and safe working environment. Amongst the conditions it sets are that workers should have the right to freedom of association, a living wage and to be protected from unfair discrimination. Worker housing and tenure security rights should also be respected. The ethical seal is granted to individual wines, as opposed to the wineries themselves. The reason for this approach, according to WOSA CEO Su Birch, who has been one of the prime movers behind the seal, is that producers can use a variety of vineyard sources for their grapes. “As compliance has to be fully traceable across the entire production chain, every wine submitted has to be individually audited.” To be entitled to carry the ethical seal from one vintage to the next, brand owners also have to enter into an annually renewable, legally binding agreement with WIETA.

Lauding the producers of the first wines to carry the seal, Birch said: “They are the trailblazers who are setting an important precedent for the industry in its efforts to fast-track the implementation of fair labour practices on wine farms and in cellars.” She confirmed that WIETA was currently involved in an extensive producer training programme, as well as ongoing auditing to assist the major brands in achieving the necessary accreditation for their 2013 vintage wines.

The ethical seal is modelled on South Africa’s sustainability seal developed to promote awareness of the production integrity followed at every stage of the supply chain from vineyard to bottle. WIETA CEO Linda Lipparoni said to carry the seal, brand owners had to identify all their suppliers. At least 60% of these suppliers had to be WIETA-accredited, with the other 40% audited and able to demonstrate that they were preparing themselves for accreditation within a year.

The seal has the backing of foreign retailers, the Food & Allied Workers’ Union (FAWU), Sikhula Sonke, Women on Farms, as well as established industry organisations such as the SA Liquor Brandowners’ Association (SALBA), Wine Cellars SA and producer organisation VinPro. Birch said the industry was promoting the seal, along with Fairtrade and Fair for Life accreditation, to highlight the priority South African producers were giving to implementing fair working conditions for wine farm and cellar workers. She said the industry hoped to see all producers accredited for reasonable labour practices by 2015.


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Fairview admin on September 3rd, 2012

‘Klink’ is the sound a glass makes as friends make toasts to a life lived better thanks to the carefully crafted joys of a wine discovered, a friendship renewed, a challenge overcome or a milestone met. It heralds refreshment, relaxation, relief, and rejoicing and, for a short time at least, a reduction in the stresses that accompany 21st century life.

We invite you to join us in the first of many ‘Klink’ Awards where you decide who walks away with the ultimate accolade and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes through your participation. Vote for your favourite winery or destination in our shortlisted category: when you do, you will automatically be entered into our weekly draws to win unforgettable wine experiences – a meal at a wine farm restaurant, a night at a wine farm guesthouse, a special wine pairing tasting experience, or, of course, the fruits of the vine itself.

We are happy to announce that we have been nominated in two categories, please vote for us via Facebook, Twitter or email, simply follow the links.

Connoisseur Nominee

Award for Best Cellar Tasting Experience

This award goes to the cellar which offers the best vintage wine tasting experience. Criteria include the welcome and wine knowledge of staff, the use of the correct wine glasses, the condition of wine samples, the range of vintage wine releases available, the availability of vertical flights of flagship wines , the range of unique wines available at cellar-door only.

Vote for our Master Tasting Room  here

Delicious Deli Nominee

Award for Best Deli on a Wine Farm

These days, cellar-door delis sell all manner of goodies: estate olives and olive oils, artisanal breads, cheeses and charcuterie, boutique chocolates and nougat, organic vegetables, farm honey, jams, pickles and picnic baskets. This award recognises the top cellar-door deli, one that tempts wine tourists with an authentic range of traditional and contemporary Winelands produce grown on the farm or sourced locally from artisanal producers.

Vote for our Deli here.



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Fairview admin on August 30th, 2012

Beef Burger with Brie and Green Figs

Ingredients: (makes 3 extra-large patties or 4 large patties)

  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small slice of bread, finely crumbed
  • generous amount of salt and pepper (at least 1 t salt and 1/2 t pepper)
  • oil for frying (I used Canola oil)
  • ½ cup of store-bought spare rib sauce or barbecue sauce
  • 3 or 4 hamburger buns
  • one block Fairview Traditional Brie
  • sliced preserved green figs (in syrup)
  • lettuce leaves, tomato slices


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine mince, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix well with a clean hand.
  2. Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap on a flat surface. Put meat mixture on top, and press down to flatten slightly. Cover with another sheet of plastic wrap, then roll out evenly with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 15 mm.
  3. Remove top layer of plastic wrap, then use a large round cookie cutter or dessert bowl to cut out rounds of about 12-15 cm in diameter. They will look completely oversized, but they shrink quite a lot while cooking! Remove the meat mixture in-between the patties, then cut out the plastic around each pattie – it is easier to handle individually this way.
  4. Heat some oil in a large pan over moderately high heat. Frying one or 2 patties at a time, transfer them to the pan (I put them in the pan facing downwards, then peel off the plastic from the tops immediately). Fry on each side until charred but still juicy inside, basting with spare rib sauce.
  5. In the meantime, butter the buns, then toast them in a dry pan over moderate heat until golden brown.
  6. Assemble the burger, starting with bun, leaves, tomato, then the well-basted pattie and FairviewTraditional Brie. Pop under a grill for 30 seconds to melt the cheese, then top with figs and the top half of the bun. Serve immediately with fries or a baked potato!

Tip: Onion marmalade work very well as a sauce on this burger. Otherwise, add your choice of mayo, tomato sauce, or barbecue sauce.

We sipped some Fairview Mourvèdre 2009 with delicious burger.

Original Source: http://www.theprettyblog.com

Preparation: Ilse van der Merwe-The Food Fox

Photographer: Tasha Seccombe Photography

Styling & Text: Nicola Pretorius



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Fairview admin on August 27th, 2012

Event Type: Trail Run
Area: Western Cape, Western Province
Distance: 15km, 5km, 6-9km, Other
Event Cost: 15km: R150; 8km: R130; 5km: R100
Location: Fairview Wine Estate, Paarl 

A technical and steep race, with plenty of ups and downs.

Unique Fact: The goodie bags are great.

Start times: 15km: 7:30am; 8km: 7:45am; 5km Walk: 8am

Medals will be awarded to all finishers and prizes to category winners. There will be lucky draw prizes.

Pre-entries will close on 5November 2012, or when 500 entries have been reached.

Organised by: Pieter Van Wyk
Email: pvanwyk@ibits.co.za
Web: http://www.trailrunning.co.za/

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Fairview admin on August 15th, 2012

Glacier by Sanlam Storms River Traverse 3-day mountain bike stage race saw roughly 220 competitors flock to the Tsitsikamma Forest Inn this past weekend. Amongst them were 4 of our own Fairview teams, consisting of:

Charles Back & Donald Mouton,

Winemakers Anthony de Jager & Charl du Plessis,

Eben Uys & Nico Januarie and

LeRoy Rogers & Riaan Weyers.

The stages, which averaged a little over 50kms a day, are aimed at mountain bike enthusiasts who enjoy the sport and their family members, who are willing to endure the elements in support of their loved ones.

The three-day stage race kicked off on Friday morning with sunny skies and high spirits, soon to be met by steep descents and muddy terrain. The first stage was not without its hurdles to which LeRoy can testify (having to replace numerous parts on his bike). Fortunately Riaan could assist emotionally and physically and they still managed to finish stage 1. Nico, the newest member to the MTB team (as recent as three weeks), did a tremendous job under the watchful eye of Eben. Proudly all our teams finished stage 1, 2 and 3 without major injury and with their team spirit, egos and friendships in tact.

Charles and Donald (army buddies since 1974) went into MTB combat, and with “strategic planning and some tactical moves”, according to Charles, finished the race in 6th place in the Open Men category – obviously their general level of fitness also came in handy.

The winning team in the Open Men category, Anthony and Charl, proved that their cycling capabilities were equally as good as their winemaking capabilities. Nico Januarie was acknowledged by his peers for his perseverance and fantastic achievement on the track, ending up in 3rd place with Eben Uys. Nico also received a free entry for himself and another team member for next year’s Storm River Traverse.

So well done and congratulations to our teams, you do us proud. To the rest of the staff – dust off your old bike and start training for next year, because our boys have set the bar very high and don’t mind a little “mud on the face”.

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Fairview admin on August 6th, 2012

The transformation that transpires in the town tucked between the transcendent Paarl Rock and the Du Toits Kloof mountain range can only be understood by those who experience the Boys’ High vs Gim Interschools firsthand. Since 1929, each first week of August that passes, the competition has intensified, and the 2012 Interschool’s was no different.  For many years now this Interschools event has been classed as one of the greatest Interschools rugby events in the world.

In the week of interschool’s between Paarl Boys’ (Boishaai), their sister school Paarl Girls’ High and Paarl Gimnasium (Gimmies), the town becomes divided, yet they all stand together. Overnight the streets of Paarl are lined with the colours of the teams, schoolwork is forgotten and sing songs, Big Brag’s and sporting matches take over the days leading up to the main event. Not only are the Boishaaiers in their blue and white and Gimmies in their green, gold and red, everyone, from the youngest ‘oaks’ to the oldest ‘oaks’, get involved.

Although the week is crammed to its capacity with competition, from chess to cricket, the pinnacle of the week is and will always be the Saturday afternoon when the Rugby first teams clash on the neutral grounds of Faure street stadium. It was a rugby match of high standard, with both teams playing their very best. The match was kicked off by the boys’ in blue, led by Craig Corbett (c). The first points on the board came off the boot of Tiaan Mouton, Boishaai’s right wing. But it was the Gimmies, led by Baby Bok’s Handré Pollard (c), who walked away as the winner’s of Interschools 2012, with the final score of 16-9. A well deserved win boys.

Irrespective of the outcome of this clash, when the final score has been recorded and the thousands of supporters, families and friends depart from the lovely town of Paarl, they are already planning to return to support their team in the next clash and reunite with the ‘old boys’. Because the best team will always be your team, win or lose.

Supporters go head-to-head

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Fairview admin on July 25th, 2012

In a challenging season finale, Deena Naidoo won the title of the first MasterChef South Africa. The finale consisted of three rounds: A Mystery Box challenge, an Invention Test and a Pressure Test. The two contestants were presented with the most exciting and interesting Mystery Box to date, containing Fairview Chevin, baby winter vegetables, including radishes, endives and Brussel sprouts. They had to prepare an innovative dish within 60 minutes.

Sue-Ann prepared Beetroot and Goats Cheese Samoosas with Crispy Vegetables and Chive Mayonnaise, while Deena prepared Oven Roasted Vegetables with Parsnip Purée. Both recipes are available on the MasterChef SA website. Do you have any interesting Fairview Chevin recipes you would like to share? Post it on our Facebook Page and stand the chance to win a wonderful Fairview Cheese and Wine hamper.

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Fairview admin on July 9th, 2012

Fairview recently donated an old Fiat tractor to the Rosebank Village Green community to use in their play park situated on a large strip of grass along the banks of the Liesbeek River. Rosebank (Cape Town) Neighbourhood Watch (RNW) was looking to find an old tractor, as they are busy upgrading the toddler play park in the area. Since taking on this project in September last year, they have had a seesaw installed and two rocking ponies, as well as having the pair of swings refurbished. A small extension to the jungle gym is also planned. These upgrades were possible because of funds raised by the RNW and allocations by their Ward Councilor, Owen Kinahan.

The Fairview Trust took the initiative by giving back to the community by providing the children with a tractor to play on and by adding more enjoyment and excitement to the playground. The reason for the tractor is because the area along the banks of the Liesbeek River used to be a farming land, and it is believed that years ago vines were also grown there, albeit a little lower down towards Observatory. It seemed a very good fit with their historic roots!

The open space services more than 500 households, drawing babies, toddlers and children from the Rosebank and Mowbray area, and for some it is the only open space they have for playing, as they live in blocks of flats with no gardens.

The RNW (Rosebank Neighborhood Watch) has already received a commitment from the City Council that they will provide an assortment of paints, which the neighbors can use to paint the tractor a range of bright colours, as well as a concrete base for it to rest on. The playground and the surrounding community has become a main feature with pride as their newly owned tractor continues to convey its uniqueness in the historical setting.

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On a very cold and rainy Thursday morning, Prof Eben Archer visited Fairview to share some of his knowledge with our vineyard team. His ongoing research in the field of viticulture has not only branded him as a pioneer, his studies at research centre Nietvoorbij during South Africa’s isolation years made him one of the foremost advancers of the local wine trade – even during sanctions he was a key player who ensured that, scientifically, the SA wine industry was on par with the rest of the world.

Prof Archer started his viticultural career as researcher at Nietvoorbij in Stellenbosch in 1971 – where he was aided by the most basic of equipment, “a set of secateurs and a scale” – before assuming a position as lecturer at Stellenbosch University. He held both positions for 17 years, years which would prove invaluable to the wine industry. During those years he studied towards a PhD at the University of Montpellier in France and has demonstrated his understanding of the vine, consulting to wineries in France, Mendoza, Stellenbosch and Chile, among others. As a lecturer he has been a mentor to hundreds of winemakers who today determine what we drink (source winemag.co.za, click here to read more).