Fairview Cheese, one of the most recognisable dairy brands in South Africa and currently the largest producer of specialty cheeses in the country, proudly took the stage at the 2024 SA Dairy Championships to receive a total of 11 SA Champion titles for category winners and six prestigious Qualité Awards — the competition’s exclusive mark of excellence.

This year’s event marked the 191st edition of the SA Dairy Championships, the largest and oldest dairy competition in Africa, which celebrates the excellence, diversity and economic significance of South Africa’s dairy sector. With over 1 000 dairy products from 78 producers, the event showcased the finest in dairy craftsmanship. Fairview took top honours with the highest number of Qualité Awards, the esteemed emblem of distinction.

Charles Back, third-generation owner of Fairview, expressed his pride in the team’s accomplishment, “Congratulations for continuing to the do the Fairview name proud!”

He also says “On your next trip to the winelands, be sure to visit us at Fairview in Paarl. Pop into our tasting room and deli where all our cheeses are available for purchase. And look out for our award-winning cheeses at your favourite store. To LIFE… and cheese and wine!”

THE FAIRVIEW CHEESE STORY

The cheeses from Fairview have made it famous and have established goats’ cheeses, unknown in SA before they made them, a favourite all over the country.

The famous Goat Tower

One thing about goats is that they really like to climb. Inspired by the first known original goat tower Charles saw while visiting Portugal in the early 1980s, he had the genius idea to build a climbing tower at Fairview for his goats. The rest is history. Today Fairview’s Goat Tower is a Cape Winelands icon, adored by children and adults alike.  

 

Charles Back and furry friends

Fairview processes thousands of litres of both Jersey cows’ milk and Sannes goats’ milk daily, seven days a week. As the cheesery has expanded to facilitate efficient production, it has maintained the hygiene and control standards required from a world class facility. Access is strictly controlled and the cheesery is not open to the public. The factory also has Kosher and Halaal certification and all Fairview Cheese is made with non-animal rennet.

From humble beginnings, the Fairview Cheese Company experienced an extraordinary development from a family cheesery to an award-winning industry leader. Today, creating over 50 different cow and goat’s milk artisanal cheeses — including white mould, blue mould, feta, cream cheese styles and a plant-based range — Fairview is South Africa’s leading producer of artisanal cheeses.

 

 A VISIT TO FAIRVIEW

Situated on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain offering ever-growing visitor experiences and eponymous vistas over fields and vines to Table Mountain in the distance, Fairview is one of the most popular destinations in the Cape Winelands internationally known for its wine, cheese and tourism. Fairview is a working farm, housing a collection of micro-businesses all sharing a common goal — to create artisanal and sustainable produce, with a focus on fine wine, artisanal cheese, free range meat, baked goods and plant-based products.

 

The Goatfather greets guests every day

 

Stop by the Fairview Tasting Room on your next visit to the Cape Winelands. Specially curated cheese and wine tastings are on offer seven days a week, 363 days of the year (closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day). Pop into the ever-popular Deli which brims with a diverse selection of home-made local products and sustainably farmed foods.  End with lunch at the Goatshed, a country-style eatery where fresh and homemade is always better, and of course, don’t forget to say hello to Fairview’s furry mascots at the Goat Tower.

FAIRVIEW WINE AND CHEESE

Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Suider-Paarl, 7646

Tel: 021 863 2450 · Email: info@fairview.co.za

Website: https://www.fairview.co.za/