Fairview admin on February 25th, 2011

Amongst all of those typical wine words that tend to get thrown around, you often hear references to trellised vines vs bushvines and talk about un-irrigated vineyards. It is fairly straightforward to understand what these terms mean, but what relevance do they actually have to the wine at the end of the day? Here’s a [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Fairview admin on February 2nd, 2010

We are the first South African farm to bottle Petite Sirah and it is a variety that Charles Back and the rest of the team here feel has a lot of potential in this part of the world. This harvest we are going to be following the production of the Petite Sirah through a series [...]

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Fairview admin on September 2nd, 2008

Welcome! It is the official beginning of spring (although the chilly weather is not playing along), and what better time to get going on our long overdue blog. The vineyards are starting to come to life, with the first budding of new leaves, slowly transforming the rows from barren brown to green. I thought it [...]

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