Spier Wine Farm

Normal Price: R90 | What you get: Free wine tasting & bottle of Chennen Blanc

In 1692, this was one of the very first farms to be established in Stellenbosch. A restored Manor House, an intriguing collection of Cape Dutch gables and the oldest dated wine cellar in the country. All on a farm that takes a purist approach to farming for health.


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 Highlights

  • Taste wine in one of the most famous Cape Town vineyards
  • View the many birds of prey at Eagle Encounters located on the estate
  • Picnic in the lush green lawns of the beautiful gardens

Description

Spier Wine Estate is one of the best-known vineyards in Cape Town. Located near a quiet dam with views of the Helderberg Mountains, it offers outstanding wine and stunning scenery.

A collection of daring wine tastings test the senses at Spier. The traditional tasting includes a sample of Spier’s range including Spier Signature, Spier Creative Block and 21 Gables. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the chocolate and wine tasting, where a chocolate is indulged alongside tastes of Spier’s MCC and the Creative Block range. The Frans K Smit tasting puts emphasis on two of the farm’s premium wine rages, plus Spier’s flagship wine, Frans K Smit.

History

The Spier Wine Farm has been growing grapes and making wine since the early 1700s. The year 1692 saw Governor Simon van der Stel inscribe his name on the first title deed for the farm, making it one of the first farms to be established in Stellenbosch. Van der Stel awarded ownership to German soldier, Arnoud Janz, which marked the beginning of a story that has unfolded for over 300 years. From the dark days of slavery, to the recognition of award-winning sustainability measures and wines, the farmstead has inscribed itself in Stellenbosch’s fascinating history. Meticulous renovation has restored the gracious Cape Dutch buildings to their former glory, and today the farmstead is considered a leading destination wine estate.

Advice for visitors

While the wine is reason enough to visit the farm, the four amazing food experiences on site make it the perfect all-day stop. After an informative tasting of your choice, tuck into farm-to-table food at Eight, barbeque-style food at The Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery, a light nibble at the hotel or opt for a create-your-own picnic to be enjoyed under a tree on the lawn.

After the food and wine have settled, take a stroll on one of the walks (Heritage or Protea), exploring the farmstead as you go. The spa, offering facials, massages, pedis or manis, is the ideal check-in point for a day out with the girls.

The farm is also an ideal family-friendly location. There are many activities such as Eagle Encounters, Segway Tours through the fields, and an abundance of space for the children to run around while the adults relax with a glass of wine. For creatives, check the website for the many art exhibitions, events and festivals on offer.

Did you know

Spier constantly finds new and interesting ways to improve their sustainability. For instance, the magnificent chandelier by renowned artist, Heath Nash, that hangs above the state-of-the-art tasting counter, is made from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles (weighing 370kgs). And the tasting room seating arrangements are a collection of new and recycled furniture in wood – including John Vogel’s Nguni chairs, and parquet tables by Allan Lutge.

Daily: 9:30 – 16:30

Booking essential

+27 (0)21 809 1944

http://www.spier.co.za

R310, Stellenbosch

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