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Something new from Fairview!

Fairview has always been a popular stop for visitors to the wine region of Paarl. One reason, is because they have a commitment to innovation and community support, and one of their initiatives is the exploration of the potential of lesser known grape varieties. They have now put a selection together in an interesting tutored tasting, where they hope to help visitors learn about their tastebuds as well as the grapes in the bottle.

As many wine fans will know, the majority of wine sold in South Africa, and around the world, falls within a range of six or seven varietals including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Consumers know these varietals and enjoy the wines, so understandably producers provide what the consumer wants. At Fairview, they also produce the varieties mentioned above, but also feel that it is important to try new varietals; grapes that may not be popular or widely known; bottles that may require a bit more explanation before consumer picks it up off a shelf or orders it from a winelist.

So with that in mind they have decided to introduce an alternative tasting option at our Beryl Back Tasting Room. The grape varieties that are included are those that you may well have heard of, but never tried. Here’s an opportunity!

This tasting option comprises 8 lesser known Fairview wines with 8 of their cheeses. This elegantly appointed tasting room offers seated, tutored tastings for smaller groups and includes Fairview olive oils served with fresh ciabatta.The tasting line up includes Viognier, Semillon, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Tannat, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah. Over the next twelve months, these will alternate with a few other ‘alternative’ varietals in the Fairview portfolio, including Barbera, Tempranillo, Grenache and Roussanne, as these varietals enter their range. Most of these lesser known wines are made in fairly small quantities and are not widely available. As far as we know, no other wine estate can offer such an ‘alternative’ varietal tasting experience. You may not love them all, but they’ll get you thinking!

One aim is to encourage newer wine drinkers to be adventurous in what they taste and drink, as well as to showcase some interesting options to our regular supporters. The tasting is priced at R45 per person. Fairview also have a discounted 6 bottle mixed case of these wines, to take home and share with your friends, so don’t forget to ask about that!

We recommend reserving a table for the Beryl Back Tasting Room, so as to avoid needing to wait. Personal service and relaxed tasting is key. You can contact the tasting room on 021 863 2450. Alternatively, contact Tsiba Tsiba Tours to plan an exciting day out in the Cape Winelands and tell us that you would like to include this tasting in your day and we will show you this wonderful part of the world and definitely get those wine taste buds a tingling!

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