Fairview Goat Tours Mountain Walks With Cheese Tastings

Winona Griggs

Adventure awaits: Experience Goat Tours and Mountain Walks at Fairview!

When you set foot on the stunning Paarl wine estate, your eyes are immediately drawn to Fairview’s iconic goat tower. What a sight it is! Will you spot the magnificent billy goat overseeing his domain from the top, or perhaps catch a glimpse of mischievous kids frolicking up the spiral ramp? Fairview is renowned for its trailblazing cheese-making and award-winning wines, but there’s so much more to discover about the Back family farm. Come join me on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Farmer Donald Mouton, where we’ll delve into the fascinating world of goats and cheesemakers.

A Day with Farmer Donald

After dedicating 22 years to Fairview, I can confidently say that I know this farm like the back of my hand. Over the years, I’ve had my hands in everything from taking care of livestock to managing vineyards. However, my love for the outdoors extends beyond the boundaries of this farm. As an avid mountain-biker, trail runner, and all-round adventurer, I find joy in exploring the wonders of nature.

Introducing: The Goat Tour

Have you ever wanted to meet our Fairview goat herd up-close? Well, now you have the perfect opportunity! Join me for an insider’s view into the daily life and workings of our goat farm. On this tour, you’ll also get a chance to see the adorable newborn kids in the springtime. It’s an experience like no other.

But let me take a step back and tell you a bit about the fascinating story behind our goat farm. Back in 1980, Fairview made history by becoming the first farm in South Africa to produce goat’s cheese. How did it all come about? Well, Cyril and Beryl Back fell head over heels for the delicious cheeses they tasted in France during their travels. Determined to recreate those flavors right here on our farm, they embarked on a challenging journey filled with plenty of ups and downs.

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If you’re looking for a fun and educational experience, you’ll love the tour I offer. After the tour, we have a cheese tasting in the Fairview Tasting Room. Alternatively, you can choose to take snack packs with you.

The cost for this tour is R150 per person, which includes the cheese tasting or snack packs. The tour is available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10am and 2pm. On Wednesdays, it is available at 2pm. The duration of the tour is 2 hours with cheese tasting and 1 hour with snack packs. Please note that there is a minimum group size of 10 people.

Guided Mountain Walk

If you’re interested in exploring nature, you’ll enjoy the guided mountain walk I provide. Over the years, I have gained extensive knowledge about the indigenous flora and fauna on the farm and in the nearby Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. On this scenic 5km trail around the Paarl Mountain slopes, I will share this knowledge with you. We’ll start with a cup of coffee at the Goatshed and end with a relaxing wine and cheese tasting in the Fairview Tasting Room.

Cost: The cost for this experience is R250 per person. This includes a cup of coffee, a bottle of water, and a tasting of cheese and wine. It’s a great deal!

Times: You can join in on Wednesday or Saturday, from 8.30am to 11.30am. It’s a 3-hour activity, with a 2-hour walk.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique experience, this is it! Explore the fascinating world of farm life and listen to countless stories. You’ll feel like a part of the Fairview family!

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Good to know: Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. These will help you enjoy the activity to the fullest. Make sure to book your spot in advance as well!

Contact: For any inquiries or to make a booking, you can reach out to Donald at 083 260 8578 or via email at donald@fairview.co.za.

Where to find it: The event takes place at Fairview Wine Farm, which is located on Suid-Agter Paarl Road in Paarl. It’s a beautiful and scenic spot!

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