South Africa

Fairview admin on April 14th, 2011

Wines of Argentina have officially declared the 17th of April Malbec World Day. Although the name may sound a little awkward (surely World Malbec Day would sound better?) there can be no denying the importance of the grape to the wine industry in Argentina. It has been largely responsible for the growth in demand for [...]

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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Fairview admin on September 15th, 2010

September the 24th is a holiday in South Africa, known as Heritage Day. It is a day where South Africans of all cultures are encouraged to recognise and celebrate their own and their shared heritage. The good old South African braai is one of the undoubted symbols of the country and represents much more than just a way to [...]

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Fairview admin on June 18th, 2010

Moovuzela your way to a deliciously cheesy Fairview prize! Love it or hate it, the vuvuzela has well and truly become a hot talking point in the international media and is firmly entrenching itself as a symbol of this FIFA World Cup. Even the Google Street View guy has a Vuvuzela! Our most recent poll [...]

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Fairview admin on June 14th, 2010

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Fairview admin on March 3rd, 2010

It is time to harvest the Petite Sirah and Anthony and I take a quick stroll through the vineyard as the picking is coming to an end. Incidentally I tasted the 2008 Petite Sirah yesterday and the wine is really looking great. The 2008 vintage reds have somewhat surprised us in the quality that we [...]

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Fairview admin on May 28th, 2009

Anthony de Jager joined me to taste the first bottling of the 2009 Fairview Sauvignon Blanc, which took place in the past week. This clip finishes our series on the production of this wine. We have followed it from the vineyards to the glass. The wine has now been released and I look forward to [...]

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Fairview admin on April 2nd, 2009

This is the next video in our series on the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. Our last clip saw the wine coming toward the end of fermentation in the Fairview cellar’s tanks. Fermentation has been completed and the wine has been left on its lees since then. This tasting of all the different tanks of Sauvignon Blanc [...]

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