Our Story
FABER represents the synergy of two craftsmen, namely chef Dale Stevens and Avondale’s proprietor Johnathan Grieve, who aim to take visitors on an inspirational, thought-provoking journey that celebrates the bountiful goodness of nature.
FABER is a restaurant representing the synergy of two craftsmen
In line with Avondale’s well-established ethos, as the pioneer of premium organic and biodynamic South African wines, FABER is a responsible sustainability-driven restaurant focused on supporting organic, free range and low carbon producers.

The FABER journey naturally begins in the early mornings when the chefs can be seen harvesting vegetables, fruits and herbs from the Avondale Organic Garden. The use of the Avondale Garden ensures ingredients are fresh and seasonal.

Ducks, Black Angus cattle and chickens are used throughout Avondale’s biodynamic farming process to respectively control the population of snails, and other insects, in the vineyards while providing natural grazing and fertilization. Housed in our famous Avondale Egg Mobile, our free-ranging chickens also supply us with organic eggs that are collected daily. The meat from our farm is 100% grass fed, free range and free of all hormones.

Anything sourced from beyond the farm comes from carefully researched ethical, small-farm suppliers. This supplier selection process ensures the integrity of every dish on the menu. Avondale has always taken a ‘from the soil up’ approach to farming, embracing biodynamic and organic farming practices to produce food and wine that pays tribute to the nutrient-rich soils that are the foundation of life.

As a result, FABERfood, as Dale and Johnathan call it, is pure culinary craftsmanship: wholesome and extremely nourishing, requiring little in the way of embellishment. The superior provenance of the ingredient is always allowed to shine through.

The kitchen implements a strict recycling system and all food waste is composted using Bokashi.

‘As chefs, we need to consider what we identify as food waste. At FABER, we apply the principle of nose to tail to vegetables – root-to-leaf”- Chef Dale Stevens.


At Avondale
FABERFood – as Mother Nature intended

FABER is a contemporary farm-to-fork restaurant that approaches each ingredient with the utmost respect.
FABERFood is handcrafted using the finest fresh and organic ingredients; creating wholesome, innovative dishes that take guests on a memorable journey.

FABER m (genitive fabrī); craftsman, artisan, creator, maker, architect


The Menu

Join us for a farm-to-fork meal and a bottle of Avondale wine.

We offer an à la carte menu and a six course FABER menu.

FABER 2 course Special

R395 pp with a choice between 2 main courses and 2 desserts.

Available Wednesday – Sunday for lunch & dinner till 31 August 2024

Lunch | Wednesday to Sunday from 12h00 and our last reservation is taken at 14h00
Dinner | Thursday to Saturday from 18h00 and our last reservation is taken at 19h30

Our menu’s change with the seasons


Our Inspiration
FABER is set in a classic and gracious Old Cape-style building set against the backdrop of the Klein Drakenstein Range. The veranda overlooks vineyards and sweeping valley views punctuated by Paarl Rock, the silhouette of Table Mountain and the Simonsberg. On cooler days, there’s no better place to enjoy a glass of Avondale red wine than next to the open fireplace.

Heritage and modernity blend in the exclusive, yet welcoming and authentic, ambiance of FABER. Many of the outstanding décor features have been crafted from resources on the farm or up-cycled from the Grieve family stores.

Tables, planters and counters have been crafted from stone pine harvested from the estate decades ago after a phenomenal fire shaped Avondale’s course. The dramatic, turn-of-century, wooden arches collected by John Grieve now grace the bar and Tasting Gallery areas after being restored to their former glory and set in a contemporary design. The ‘living wall’ planters with seasonal foliage bring the outdoors inside and create a special setting that is at once natural yet sophisticated.

Guests at FABER are taken on a memorable journey by the staff that combines animated, informed storytelling about the history of the farm, the terroir-driven estate wines, and the FABERFood philosophy with relaxed yet impeccable service. Farm-to-fork food evokes many stories and memories, both for the creative team in the kitchen working their culinary magic and for the guests delighting in seasonal fragrant meals presented on rustic locally produced crockery.


Contact Details
FABER, Avondale Estate, Lustigan Road,

Klein Drakenstein, Paarl

Email: faber@avondalewine.co.za

Tel: +27 (0) 21 202-1219


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FABER at Avondale

FABER, Avondale Estate, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl Email: faber@avondalewine.co.za Tel: +27 (0) 21 202-1219 Get Directions Here
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