Spier Wine Farm
Taste 300 years of heritage.
Spier, near Stellenbosch, is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, they’ve got a vibrant and conscious energy, and are home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art.
Their wines are among the most awarded in the country. Visit and enjoy their wines paired with wholesome, tasty food made with ingredients grown either on our farm or by trusted, nearby farmers. Their Hotel and conferencing facilities offer inspiring Wineland getaways in the tranquility of nature.
Good to the earth. Good to people.
Their free-roaming livestock and chickens are reared in pastures without the use of antibiotics or hormones, while fruit, vegetables and vines grow without artificial fertiliser or pesticides. Extensive tracts of alien vegetation have been removed, and more than a million indigenous plants replanted. 100% of black- and grey-water and more than 98% of solid waste is recycled.
At Spier, they believe they can make a difference through learning. They invest in Growing for Good, a range of learning initiatives that empower communities to make positive social and environmental change. These include Tree-preneurs, which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods. A number of programmes also offer young people work experience, training and mentorship in hospitality, agriculture, wine and art.
Accreditations and accolades:
Spier has been recognised by number external organisations for its commitment to sustainability and ethical business. Their farm is organically certified and was awarded Conservation Champion status by WWF-SA. Their Hotel was one of the first in the country to receive Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA) accreditation; it also won gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in the category of Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment. A member of the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA), their winery is FSSC 22000 certified, Control Union Vegan accredited and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.
A family farm.
Continuing a long-held tradition, Spier is owned and managed by the family who bought the farm in 1993. They live on the farm and work hands-on with the farming and leisure operations, together with Andrew Milne, who directs the business.
The story of the winery began in 1982, when the very first wine was made. At that time, winemaking was the sideline profession. In 1993, however, we decided to dedicate ourselves wholly and completely to wine growing. Today, we cultivate 40 hectares of vineyards, 70% of which are planted with white grapes that are ultimately vinified almost entirely as sweet wines.
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