Price range, per nightmin R max R
Another of the historic wine farms in the Stellenbosch region and dating back to 1692, Spier Wine Estate is probably the most visited. The owners have both preserved the farm’s heritage and provided endless entertainment for visitors. Spier is far more than just a wine tasting experience, it’s a place to eat, drink, relax and have fun.
A German soldier first settled here in the early 1680s and quickly began laying vines, however, it was 9 years later that he was eventually granted the property and by 1700, he had bottled his first wines. They proved to be popular and the farm grew into today’s corporate company managing a highly successful brand.
Walk the estate to view the old manor house and stroll along the river’s edge, otherwise try the self-guided Gables audio walk which details the history of Spier. Check out the magnificent mosaic sculpture titled ‘Dying slave’ on your walk. Spier also offers a 2-hour Segway tour of the estate for the less energetic.
A popular wine tasting option is the chocolate and wine pairing. Well-informed sommeliers explain the wine varietals and the best food choice to complement each category of wine.
The Eight restaurant and Hoghouse Bakery and Café are regularly booked out, be sure to book well in advance. A less formal option is to create your own picnic basket and sit under the trees or alongside the dam while the children play on the vast landscaped grounds. Picnic goodies can be purchased from the Eight to Go Deli. Those keen to learn new cooking techniques can attend a workshop offered at Chef Tiaan’s studio.
Other interesting offerings at Spier include occasional Saturday markets out on the grass, a visit to Eagle Encounters – a bird rehabilitation centre on the property and a small craft market where traders line the path to Eagle Encounters.
Spier is a fun and exciting farm for a family outing, they even have their own train station to travel in from Cape Town!