Charles Back, owner of the Fairview Wine and Cheese farm, has once again pioneered an innovative world-first. Those who have visited the Fairview farm and seen the signature Goat Tower, will be forgiven for assuming the goats are solely used for goats milk and cheese.  After years of experimentation, Fairview has launched a new, rather [...]

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Fairview admin on December 7th, 2011

In 2009 Pedro & Ana travelled all the way from Huambo in Angola, approximately 200Km from the Namibian border to Paarl to come and buy 75 milk goats. The 200km trip to the border took them 12 hours due to the road that was wash away and the fear of landmines if they strayed off [...]

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Fairview admin on July 14th, 2011

July is a little early for spring, but the female goats (known as goat “does”) have started off a little early – no doubt due to the FANTASTIC weather we have experienced in the Cape over the last week.Normally kidding season is a sign of the season change, but this weather is not only confusing [...]

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Fairview admin on April 1st, 2011

Press release: After years of negotiation with local authorities Fairview have announced the launch of their latest greening initiative. A goat wagon lane has been completed between Paarl Station and Fairview. Code name: the GRT – Goat Rapid Transit system. With the rising price of petrol and wine farms becoming increasingly focused on reducing their [...]

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Fairview admin on February 1st, 2011

The Fairview Goat Tower is one of the most recognisable features of the Cape winelands. It was built by current Fairview owner Charles Back, in 1981. The tower was inspired by a structure that his parents had seen in Portugal during a holiday trip a few years earlier. This trip had inspired the purchase of [...]

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Fairview admin on January 17th, 2011

A new Goat Tower has arrived The second Goat Tower to be modelled directly on the Fairview tower has recently been completed in Argentina. The Fairview Goat Tower has become one of the instantly recognisable symbols of the Paarl winelands, with its resident goats probably the most photographed livestock in South Africa! In 2007 a [...]

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Fairview admin on September 6th, 2010

The Fairview goats were happy to have a scurry of excited visitors this past Friday, with the arrival of The Parow Preparatory Full Service School. With the big blue school bus having arrived, full of scholars eagerly awaiting their first encounter with our funny and gregarious goats, there was no doubt that this visit would [...]

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Fairview admin on September 3rd, 2010

Charles Back is the owner of Fairview, and his daughter Bridget Back is the fourth generation of her family to work at the farm. She has spent the past couple of months at the goat sheds for the annual goat kidding season and provided this post.

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Fairview admin on August 15th, 2010

I was interested to read last week that one of the most famous and exclusive retailers in the world,  Harrods of London, will soon have goat meat available at its food hall meat counter. To date, goat has been available at some African and Caribbean shops in the UK, but has not been mainstream. Top [...]

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Fairview admin on July 29th, 2010

It is kidding season at Fairview, with more baby goats arriving every day. But we also have another little animal who has taken up residence in one of our kidding sheds. This baby steenbok ewe was found in one of the Fairview vineyards.

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