I tasted my first Viognier at Fairview many many (many) years ago – when they were the first place in South Africa to offer this variety. I marvelled at the Goats and their tower and of course, I have enjoyed many a good meal at the Goatshed. So when I knew that there were 2 Europeans (one of which is my colleague) visiting South Africa for the first time – I knew EXACTLY where to take them out for a day of wine tasting and exploring.
We decided that the Paarl wine route was our expedition of choice and after stopping at 2 wine farms along the way… we landed up at the gates of Fairview, trembling in anticipation of lunch… followed by wine and cheese tasting!
A quick stop to say hi to the Goats is a pre-requisite…. and a photo opportunity… although they weren’t in the mood to do their up and down tower walk….
The Goatshed, which is opened 363 days of the year offers a la carte bistro style menu – including cheese platters (made from both goat’s and cow’s milk)…. plus some gorgeous artisan breads.
Mom opted for the Lamb Curry – Fragrant lamb shoulder curry with basmati rice, fresh coriander, caraway yoghurt and manganello seed bread (R108)
While Belgian Buddy had the Warm stir-fried springbok salad – venison strips with pesto drizzled roasted vegetables, baby leaves and crostini (R69)
And UK gal and moi were drooling over the chicken pie – lightly curried chicken pie served with rustic mashed potatoes and baby leaf salad (R69)
We opted to keep our lunch non-alcoholic – as we headed across to the tasting room and for a mere R25 – we enjoyed a Standard Tasting = wine tasting (6 different types) and a cheese tasting (5 different types) which is well worth the price… and if my suitcase wasn’t already full – I would have bought a lot more!
Would I go back? DEFINITELY…. in fact, HIM *might* be joining me in SA over Christmas this year and this will definitely be one of the places that I will be taking him to! (I have a *my favourite places in Cape Town* list that I will force him to experience ;))
address: Fairview Cheese and Wine Farm, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl, 7624
telephone: +27 21 863 3609
goatshe is open 7days a week from 09h00-17h00 (closed only on 25th December and 1st January)