Fairview Estate is a third-generation family-owned farm, located on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain in the winelands of the Western Cape. With a winemaking heritage that dates back to 1693, Fairview has developed a reputation as one of South Africa’s leading wine producers that has been bottling wine under its own label since 1974. Under the guidance of owner Charles Back, who joined his father at the farm in 1978, Fairview is driven by its philosophy of being authentic, honouring the farm’s heritage and always innovating. Charles has always wanted to do things differently – introducing Mediterranean grapes such as Viognier, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Petit Sirah to the Cape. He also began to make artisanal cheese – a business that has gone on to become every bit as prestigious and successful as the farm’s wine. In 2017, Charles Back became one of the most awarded winemakers in South Africa, honoured with prestigious titles such as the 1659 Wine Industry Medal of Honour 2017 and the South African Farmer of the Year 2017.
Every vineyard is special. But there’s something truly magical about an old vine vineyard. When it comes to old vineyards, a winemaking team starts tending to not only the vines, but the heritage too. And even though the yield may be going down (i.e. less wine) year on year, the fruit of the vine produces wine of great structure, concentrated flavours and aromas worthy of conservation. A further added benefit includes a deep root system, meaning these vines are hardier in extreme weather conditions, such as the current drought we are experiencing. Much like a fully grown adult versus a young teen, the older vines are more self-sufficient. At Fairview, we are fortunate to have access to a handful of legitimate ‘old vine’ vineyards.