Fairview is a lovely wine farm to visit for a cheese and wine experience and the only place I know in the Winelands that offers this.
You will be met on the way in by the cheeky goats in the Goat Tower who are definitely used to the limelight and an important part of the day to day running of the farm. At the tasting room friendly staff will welcome you and assist with your tasting options. There is small charge that allows you to taste six or eight wines and sample all cheeses. Their cheeses are exceptional and innovative and my favourite is definitely the White Rock with Cranberries but they were all extremely tasty. There is an impressive list of wines to choose from and they are all outstanding. They specialise in red wines but I tasted some excellent whites and rose too. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are very passionate, professional and knowledgeable.
All cheeses are available for purchase from the deli as well as a selection of preserves, freshly baked breads and olive oil. Their restaurant, the Goatshed, serves delicious Mediterranean-style light meals and lunches in a casual environment. This is one of my favourite places to visit to enjoy some of my favourite things, cheese and wine.
The Spice Route is an outstanding farm to visit with something completely unique on offer and a huge variety of entertainment to choose from. On arriving you will enter at the rustic tasting room where you can sample hand-crafted award winning wines on the lawns and enjoy breathtaking views.
They have different dining venues to choose from fine dining to a more relaxed environment. The fine dining restaurant Bertus Basson serves traditional South African cuisine with a modern twist. Bertus Basson is a highly acclaimed South African chef who has achieved exceptional success in his career. You can sit inside or on the veranda and enjoy the spectacular views of the Paarl Winelands. Barley and Biltong is done in a beer garden style and serves light lunches and as the names says biltong.
Lastly there is La Grapperia serving wood-fired, thin based pizza and tapas in a relaxed atmosphere with tables located outside under shady oak trees with plenty of space for the little ones to play and a jungle gym located above the restaurant. There is inside seating with a cosy fireplace for winter days. Once lunch is done you can enjoy delicious hand-crafted chocolates at DV Artisan. They offer a selection of tasting options or, if you prefer, you can enjoy some delicious chocolate cheesecake or the best hot chocolate ever in their café.
On the farm you can also sample craft beer at the Cape Brewery Company where you can observe the beer production process. There is an art gallery where you can view the artists at work and purchase artwork of interest and for little Picasso’s aged seven and up they offer canvas painting for a fee for 1 or 2 hours.
Visit Red Hot Glass which is a Venetian-style glass blowing studio. Each piece is unique from hand-blown perfume bottles, abstract statues to elegant vases. Red Hot Glass is found in elite hotels worldwide. If that is not enough there is even a Distillery making premium quality Grappa which has won many prestigious awards. On the way out, or in, stop at Brenda’s Deli to purchase some delicious preservative and additive free preserves. This, without a doubt, is a farm like no other, a great way to spend the day and a very memorable experience.
Bertus Basson: open daily 8:30am – 4pm serving breakfast and lunch
Barley and Biltong: open daily 10am – 5pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am – 6pm Friday and Saturday
La Grapperia: open daily 11:30am – 8:30pm
DV Artisan: open daily 9am – 5pm