A Working Farm’s Philosophy

As a working farm, owner Charles Back’s philosophy is to strive to ensure that everything we do is driven by our three key pillars of being honest, honoring our heritage, and ensuring that ingenuity perpetually flows from our soils and cellars.

We love our land and are committed to the preservation of the local environment. With the support of Cape Nature, we continually remove harmful alien vegetation present on the farm. Since 2010, we have proudly carried the Integrity & Sustainability seal that certifies our farming production is done in an environmentally friendly way, and we are members of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) and Biodiversity in Wine (BWI) initiatives. Our cheese factory was also proudly recognized by The Carbon Protocol of South Africa as the first Carbon Neutral Cheesery on the African continent.

“Living in South Africa gives a bigger meaning to what we do – wine isn’t just about the bottom line, there’s a social dimension too”. 

– Charles Back

Our Vineyards

“Go where the terroir is.”

Eager to explore a wider range of wines using grapes grown in optimal conditions, Charles Back abandoned the estate wine concept in the 1980s, choosing rather to “go where the terroir is”. Today, we are one of the few farms that proudly own all our own vineyards, with land in Paarl, Darling, Swartland, and Stellenbosch. Charles has also always been an advocate of social development in the Cape. Under Apartheid, he was one of a number of producers who campaigned for and implemented better conditions for farmworkers, and in 1997, he established the Fair Valley Worker’s Association, which gave his employees a chance to farm their own land.

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