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Posted on: Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Time To Visit Fairview And The Spice Route

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Fairview Goat Tower

Fairview Goat Tower

Fairview Estate has to be one of my favourite wine cellars to visit. It is situated on the South Western slopes of Paarl and has spectacular views of Table Mountain. Fairview has a lot more to offer than just fantastic wine though. As you drive into the parking area you notice a tall tower in a pen where two goats, one male and one female live. The male climbed up the tower steps strutting his stuff and showing off his magnificent horns while the female stayed close to the wall where she got lots of attention from people passing by. It is fitting that they have goats here seeing as most of the cheeses produced and sold here, which I was soon to find out, are in fact goat’s cheese.

Fairview received three 5 star ratings from the 2013 John Platter’s South African Wine Guide. I went into the tasting room where you have an option of tasting wine only, cheese only or both. I went for both naturally, wanting to try everything on offer. I started with the wines, where I sampled an exquisite selection of wines including the Fairview Darling Sauvignon Blanc, Fairview Chardonnay, a few from the Goatfather range and the Goats Do Roam range. I took a sample of my favourite wine and went to the next room to taste some cheese. The first two were lovely, served with homemade relishes, the next was a very strong cheese which was not at all pleasant.  I then realised I actually don’t like goat’s cheese at all and stuck with the wine instead!

Fair view tastings

Once I had explored the tasting rooms I went outside to sit in the beautiful gardens while everyone else went to buy the cheeses and wines they enjoyed. While there I picked up a leaflet about the Spice Route Winery which was only 800 metres from where we were. I read further and found they had beer and biltong tasting, chocolate tasting and a glass studio. I was immediately excited and off we went. The CBC brewery was really interesting, you could see how the beer was made and the beers they make are delicious. I went to look at the chocolate tasting and if I had a sweet tooth would have definitely taken part. By this time I was very hungry and set out to see what the restaurants had to offer.

Spice Route

I chose to eat at a tapas and pizzeria restaurant which had a great menu. The platters of meats and cheese were exquisite and the pizza was phenomenal. I sat outside in the garden area surrounded by oak trees while enjoying my food and the stunning surrounding views.  I then took a wander around to find the glass studio that had intrigued me so much. I absolutely love glass decor and was overwhelmed at the beautiful pieces they had on display. You can also look into the workshop where they make everything that you see on sale.

After a long day I headed back home after having had a really enjoyable day out. There was so much to choose from and so much to do in one day, and I look forward to my next visit.

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Michelle Rawlinson


Michelle has a huge love for all things aquatic, particularly marine life. Her main passion lies with Great White Sharks, although she is interested in all marine species and their well-being. She volunteers at the Two Oceans Aquarium in her spare time and would spend all her time by the sea or surrounded by nature if possible. After spending 7 years in the United Kingdom, she has returned back home to Cape Town to be nearer to her family and to her ‘favourite place in the world’. She enjoys camping, fishing, watching rugby and going out with her friends and family to try out new restaurants and bars.

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