South Africa: Video Interview with Charles Back of Fairview

By John ~ March 20th, 2009.

On our recent visit to South Africa, we had the opportunity to have an extended visit with Charles Back, proprietor of Fairview Winery, one of South Africa’s larger winemaking operations and producer of the “fun” Goats do Roam label widely distributed in the United States. Charles also owns Spice Route Winery and is a partner in MAN Vintners, a value label widely distributed in the U.S. You can read more about the wines we tasted at Fairview in my February 20th post, South Africa: A Day in the Paarl Region.

Charles was kind enough to answer my questions on a wide variety of topics. As you will see in the video, he is a passionate advocate for South African wines but is realistic in his assessment of the challenges they face in trying to increase their penetration of the U.S. market.

I found it especially interesting to listen as Charles made his case for South African wine, and why he believes that it is not truly New World nor Old World but somewhere in-between because of the unique geology of South Africa’s winemaking regions.

Here are some key clips from our interview:


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