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A great afternoon at Fairview. We chatted with Charles Back and viewed the winery and cheese and wine tasting areas.

The farm has been in the hands of the Back family since Charles 1 bought the farm in 1937. Today it is a third-generation of Back winemaking.

Charles Back is known for developing new, hitherto-unexplored viticultural sites across the Western Cape and experimenting with lesser-known varieties. He also expanded the dairy goat herd into a fully fledged cheesery.

In April 2006, South African WINE Magazine voted Back the second most influential person in the South African wine industry, after Nelson Mandela. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC) Lifetime Achievement Award – a coveted accolade bestowed upon leaders in the global wine industry who deserve special recognition for the work they have done throughout their lives.

Our favourite wine of the few we tasted here was the 100% Mourvedre 2014.

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