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Unusual: Fairview Wine Farm

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Tower @ Fairview Wine Farm

One of the things I love about Cape Town is the number of great places to visit that are a quick day trip away. One such example is the cape wine region of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Bright and early one morning, we took got our hired car out of the hotel garage (tip: the valets at our hotel – and most likely yours too – do not receive a salary from the hotel, so tips are much appreciated) and headed on the short, hour-long drive up to Stellenbosch. On the way up, while researching the best vineyards to visit, I came across the most unusual attraction – a goat farm, complete with its own goat tower!

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Goats on the bridge – but no troll underneath!

With limited time – and drinking capacity! – we had to prioritise the vineyards we visited, but when I read about the goats, Fairview Wine Farm immediately made the list.

Fairview was all I had dreamt it would be and more. The first thing I saw was a two-storey tower just for the goats. It had a ramp that spiralled up the outside of the tower, and it must have had a twin spiral inside the tower as well, as I saw a few goats peeking out from the shadows inside the tower.

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Goats in their grassy pen

The tower was in an enclosure in the middle of the park, but was linked by a fairytale arched wooden bridge to a grassy fenced-off area off to the side. Some goats were hanging out on the bridge, enjoying the bright sunshine, but most of them were in the grassy area under the shade of several large trees.

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Big granddaddy

One goat appeared to be the granddaddy, with an impressive beard and gracefully arching horns to boot.

These animals must have been the most pampered goats on earth. Their grassy pen was huge, with a good balance of sun and shade, and with lots of food and water. But the best part was their little playground, complete with a seesaw, balancing beams, and even a little playhouse.

Goats aside, Fairview Wine Farm had some pretty good wines and cheese as well. They offer cheese and wine tasting, they have a large deli where you can get all you need for a picnic lunch, and of course, you can also buy wine at the cellar door.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual.

Practical Information

Fairview Wine Farm

Suid-Agter Paarl Road

Suider-Paarl 7646

South Africa

+27 21 863 2450

Open Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm

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13 comments on “Unusual: Fairview Wine Farm

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  2. artsyfartsymamadeb
    July 25, 2017

    Love the goat tower!

  3. Mabel Kwong
    July 25, 2017

    That is such a cool goat tower. The steps seem to be a bit narrow but I hear that goats – and sheep – are quite good at traversing narrow crevices and their the kind who always goes slow ๐Ÿ˜€ That is also such a cool bridge to be on, and the goats don’t look one bit afraid of heights ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t drink but I love, love, love cheese!

    • Penne Cole
      July 26, 2017

      I don’t drink either. I think Fairview must see a few of those because you have the option of getting a cheese and wine tasting, or either cheese or wine separately. I had the cheese tasting only and they were kind enough to give me a glass of juice to go with my cheese!

      Also yes, I’ve heard goats are actually really good at rock climbing – have you heard the expression “as sure-footed as a goat?” haha.

  4. Rupali
    July 26, 2017

    I love the shot with “goats on the bridge”.

    • Penne Cole
      July 26, 2017

      Thanks Rupali! Yes that’s one of my favourites as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Abrie Joubert
    July 27, 2017

    Hi Penne we ate at Fairview about 3 months ago ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Penne Cole
      July 28, 2017

      How did you find the food? I really liked how the deli was laid out but didn’t try the restaurant.

  6. Abrie Joubert
    July 31, 2017

    To be honest the food was acceptable but not stunning

    • Penne Cole
      July 31, 2017

      Haha I thought the cheese tasting was only so-so. Glad I didn’t stay for lunch now!

  7. Convivial Supper
    August 1, 2017

    just stumbled across your blog – AMAZING – how fun!?!? Pampered goats is right!!!

    • Penne Cole
      August 1, 2017

      Welcome! And yes, so pampered. They didn’t look all that impressed though ๐Ÿ˜›

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