Monday, April 2, 2012

Proudly South African at Fairview

The main attraction at the Fairview wine and cheese farm in Paarl is no doubt the little goat tower, where goats lazily peek through tiny windows like fairy tale characters.

Besides the delicious Fairview cheese platters paired with its award-winning wines, the goats add that something extra, an interesting detail that can keep guests and especially kids entertained for hours. Then there’s the deli, which always gets my full attention. I like to select freshly baked bread, olive oil and cheeses like Crottin and Blue Rock with apricots. The hand woven baskets adds such a lovely rustic touch to the shopping atmosphere.

Fairview recently became the first carbon neutral cheesery in Africa, pulling out all the stops to make sure that this beautiful part of the world stays protected and nourished so that future generations can get as much joy (and wine and cheese) from it. Fairview owner Charles Back also recently bought over the neighbouring Seidelberg Estate and will be using it as a base for its Spice Route Label. My mom and I popped in to visit the brand new artisan chocolatier and look forward to seeing the chocolate tasting lounge opening soon. Lots of exciting things happening at this firm Cape Winelands favourite!

Somehow, even after many visits to Fairview I’ve always missed this proudly South African herb garden (see photo), carefully designed for the colours to resemble our flag. There is always something more to discover in the Cape Town area, no matter how much time is spent here.

The Cape is a heart place and looking out over this natural resemblance of out national pride makes my heart feel full to be South African. Especially on such a beautiful day! Perhaps the feeling is highlighted ahead of my big move to Munich, but the beautiful moments in Cape Town truly are as good as it gets.

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