Charles Back

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 [...]

Continue reading about Fairview goats produce world-first coffee beans with significant health benefits

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 [...]

Continue reading about 30th Anniversary of the Goat Tower

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 [...]

Continue reading about Torre de Cabras

Fairview admin on January 13th, 2011

Fairview has a strong association with Shiraz and it was one of the first grape varietals bottled under the Fairview label in 1974. When we developed our single vineyard tier it was natural that Shiraz would be an important wine, and there are three in the range. The Beacon Shiraz is produced using grapes from [...]

Continue reading about Single vineyard wines – The Beacon Shiraz

Fairview admin on December 11th, 2010

A bottle (or two) of wine makes a great, reliable gift that is always appreciated. And let’s face it, it’s much more interesting than socks! At Fairview, the December and January holidays bring with them many returning guests, stocking up for their festive celebrations and taking a few bottles back home with them. There is [...]

Continue reading about The gift of wine this festive season

Charles Back on October 22nd, 2010

Some people tell me that I can be a bit restless at times. Probably fair. But I have been making wine in South Africa for about 35 years now and every day seems to throw up a combination of things to challenge you and things to get really excited about. I love to explore new opportunities [...]

Continue reading about Taking on Tannat

Charles Back on October 20th, 2010

Over the years I have often experienced the challenges faced by us smaller, independent wine producers when it comes to listing wines with restaurant chains. This can be extremely frustrating as there seem to be so many barriers to entry in place which keep some fantastic wines off wine lists. In South Africa there are [...]

Continue reading about La Capra at Col’Cacchio

Charles Back on September 17th, 2010

This post follows part 4 Tasting in Fukuoka The next day I was off to a tasting at Fukuoka. It was a bit smaller than Tokyo but I was surprised to meet a lot of Fairview fans and had to pose for photos with many customers. Once again Takako was making sure that everything ran [...]

Continue reading about My fair view of the east – pt 5

Charles Back on September 17th, 2010

This post follows part 3 Meeting the press in Tokyo The next morning I was collected punctually by Takako Osawa from out Japanese importers Mottox. She has previously been to see us in South Africa with a group from the company. Mottox set up a room at their offices in Tokyo for the press tasting. [...]

Continue reading about My fair view of the east – pt 4

Charles Back on September 14th, 2010

This post follows from Part 1 My first experience in Korea was of one of the most incredible airports that I have ever been in. Seriously impressive. I think that South Africa’s four largest airports could fit inside it! I was met by JE from our Korean agents, Naru Global. JE was possibly the friendliest, [...]

Continue reading about My fair view of the east – pt 2