Fairview admin on February 23rd, 2009

With the Sauvignon Blanc harvest well and truly underway, Charles Back and the Fairview team visited the farm’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in the town of Darling. Most of the Sauvignon Blanc from these vineyards is harvested by machine, during the night and early hours of the morning. This is a follow up from part 1 [...]

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Fairview admin on February 17th, 2009

We are now about two weeks into our 2009 harvest and I drove through to our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, outside the west coast town of Darling, with Charles Back to check the progress of this varietal. This post is a follow up to part 1.

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Fairview admin on January 30th, 2009

The ABSA Top Ten Pinotage is one of the most highly regarded local competitions in South Africa and one which we enter each year, with Pinotage being an important variety within our portfolio. The latest results (2008) saw Fairview Primo Pinotage 2007 announced as one of the Top 10. ABSA do a lot to promote [...]

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Charles Back on January 26th, 2009

I have just returned from a week-long trip to the USA where, amongst other things, I attended the annual sales meeting of our US importer, Vineyard Brands. What an amazing time to be in the States, to experience the incredible excitement and outpouring of pure joy in the run-up to the inauguration of Barack Obama [...]

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Fairview admin on January 15th, 2009

Well, I have just returned from a few weeks of leave (the first time that I have been off at this time of year for quite while) so would like to officially wish our readers all the best for 2009. Although there are some obvious challenges around at the moment, we always appreciate your support [...]

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Charles Back on October 27th, 2008

I do so miss the uncomplicated days that I spent pruning vineyards, fixing broken pipes and talking nonsense with the vineyard workers for hours. They seem to be a distant memory from a time long-passed. I remember how my hands were hardened with calluses – I even lost a thumb in my commitment to manual [...]

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Fairview admin on September 17th, 2008

With the rain clearing for the day, it was a perfect opportunity to get out into the vineyards this morning, with our viticulturalist Thys Greeff. As I mentioned in my earlier post, this time of year the vines are coming back to life, with new buds and shoots now visible in most vineyards. The ‘later’ [...]

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