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EXHIBITIONS Meet your ancestors at The Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour exhibition.
farming Farmer Neil shares the seasonal secrets of our food garden.
wine The 21 Gables range continues to garner acclaim both at home and abroad.
EVENTS Run the farm this winter.
IT ’S RAINING. WHAT ’S POURING? In our cosy Tasting Room this season, enjoy Spier’s Winter tasting consisting of three hearty pairings. 21 Gables Chenin Blanc is matched with a smoked chicken and coriander broth, the Ideology Rhônestyle blend is twinned with a slow-roasted mushroom and Gorgonzola soup, and the Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is paired with a slow-cooked springbok shank and barley soup. Available until 31 August for R95.
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THE ORIGIN OF EARLY SAPIENS BEHAVIOUR BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR ANCESTORS
The Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour exhibition, currently at the Old Wine Cellar, is a multimedia compilation of displays and artefacts offering extraordinary insights into our early human ancestors, Homo sapiens. Presented by the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand and the Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE), University of Bergen, the exhibition showcases the archaeological research conducted along the southern Cape’s coastline over the past 25 years by Professor Christopher Henshilwood, Dr Karen van Niekerk and their teams. Cabinets display carefully crafted replicas of the archaeological artefacts discovered at Blombos Cave and Klipdrift Shelter. The exhibit displays panels illustrating the scientific work of archaeologists as well as films of scenes which recreate the rich daily life of early humans. Celebrating our common ancestry, the exhibition portrays genetic evidence that our human ancestors originated in Africa. One of the most exciting finds discovered at Blombos Cave is an ochre-processing toolkit – showing that Homo sapiens living on the southern Cape coast 100 000 years ago were behaviourally modern. This group of artefacts provides evidence that these people had a recipe to manufacture a red ochre-rich paint, in effect an early chemistry kit, that was mixed and stored in abalone shells providing evidence for the first known use of containers. These finds represent some of the biggest breakthroughs in the manufacture and use of symbolic material culture in our own species, Homo sapiens. View these – and many other fascinating finds relating to our shared African ancestors – at the Spier Old Wine Cellar until 31 August. Admission is free.
WINTER RHYTHMS OF THE FOOD GARDEN FARMER NEIL SHARES THE SECRETS OF OUR FOOD GARDEN
Every season has a different role to play to ensure the flourishing of our food garden. After a hot, dry summer, winter is the time for us to add rich compost and manure – returning nutrients to the soil for the next growing season. On sunny days, we prune fruit trees and trim back any plants that have grown wild. We hope for plenty of rain because this spurs growth of winter grasses, which boost the soil’s carbon content. Rains also encourage the leafy greens we’ve planted to prosper – including cabbages, broccoli, kale and fennel. Our root crops such as beetroot, carrots and onions also thrive at this time of year. Crop rotation and companion planting is important to enhance different nutrients and scare away pests. We like to plant cabbages, broccoli and kale after beans.
In between these, we plant marigolds (to distract bugs) and spring onions (which protect the soil from disease). Carrots and peas grow very well together. Radishes and lettuces give a quick crop and complement each other in a garden salad. Strong-smelling herbs such as origanum and thyme planted in and around the vegetables add a lovely flavour to meals and help keep pests out. We return any parts of the vegetables we don’t use to our worm farm so that it can become rich compost. All weeds (there are plenty this time of year!) are put in a big drum and filled with water to ferment for a week or two. This will break down into strong plant food. The weeds are trying to repair any nutrients that may be out of balance, so it is important they are composted and returned to the garden.
Learning to grow Meet our farming students
Meet Khotso and Lonwabo. These two young men have joined Spier’s farming team as students enrolled in a two-year course on the holistic growing of food that is offered by the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of South Africa (BDAASA). Supporting young people to become successful natural food growers is one of the ways we are contributing to the socioeconomic development of our communities. Khotso grew up in the Eastern Cape with little knowledge of farming. “Biodynamics teaches you a lot about caring for the planet, food security, local farming and focusing on people to know what they are eating,” he says.
“MY COURSE IS MAKING ME AWARE OF THE FOOD WE EAT: WHERE IS IT COMING FROM, HOW WAS IT GROWN, AND IS IT HEALTHY FOR US?” Lonwabo co-founded an urban farming project in Khayelitsha and has five years’ experience of organic food production. “The only inheritance I received from my family is farming knowledge,” he says. “That is why I am so passionate about farming: I believe that the spirits of my ancestors are very happy when I touch the soil for farming purposes. So, Spier is part of my spiritual journey.”
ACCLAIM FOR SPIER’S 21 GABLES RANGE HONOURING THE CAPE’S RICH WINEMAKING HERITAGE
2018 has seen acclaim both at home and abroad for Spier 21 Gables. The flagship range honours Spier’s pioneering contribution to South Africa’s rich winemaking history – which dates all the way back to the 1700s. At the Top 100 SA Wines in May, the 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 won Double Platinum and (along with the Spier Woolworths Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015) was the most highly rated red wine in the competition. Internationally, the wine received Platinum at the Decanter World Wine Awards and Gold at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelle. The 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016 also continues to excel. In 2017 it was featured in the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge and won Double Gold at the Veritas Wine Awards. This year, the wine received Double Platinum at the Top 100 SA Wines. At the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in May it received the Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc and was also given the Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall.
“BALANCE & ELEGANCE ARE WOVEN THROUGH EACH OF THESE COMPLEX, COMPLETE AND SUBTLE WINES,” says Spier’s cellar master Frans Smit. “We are delighted with these accolades because they recognise our passionate commitment to crafting quality wines that embody the Cape’s winemaking heritage.”
ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH BAKED APPLES THE PERFECT PARTNER TO OUR RHÔNE-STYLE BLEND, CREATIVE BLOCK 3
A simple cut of pork belly can become a show-stopping centerpiece if you cook it just right: meltingly soft meat topped with the crispiest golden crackling. Simplicity is key – serve it with baked apples and you have a meal fit for a king. The key to really crisp crackling is that the skin side must be absolutely dry before cooking. Keep it open (skin side up) in your fridge for a few hours, or overnight, to dry out before seasoning/cooking it. Ingredients: (serves 4 – 6)
· about 2 kg boneless pork belly with scored skin (choose one with a relatively thin fat layer) · 15-30 ml (1-2 tablespoons) olive oil · 10 ml (2 teaspoons) salt flakes (or 5 ml fine salt) · 1 large or 2 medium onions, sliced into rounds · 10 ml (2 teaspoons) fennel seeds · 10 ml (2 teaspoons) smoked paprika · 375 ml (1,5 cups) apple juice · 30 ml (2 tablespoons) balsamic vinegar · 3 apples, halved
About Creative Block 3
This Rhône-inspired wine is not only a blend of grape varieties but also combines grapes from various vineyard blocks from two coastal regions. The Stellenbosch Shiraz provides the backbone, sourced from a vineyard in the Helderberg situated at 200-300m above sea level and just 7km from the ocean. Shiraz from Groenekloof in Darling complements this structure and offers generous fruits, feminine notes and silky tannins. Mourvèdre from the Helderberg adds a dried coriander note and a savoury undertone, balancing the Shiraz’s effortless sweet fruit. Finally, a dash of Viognier provides floral nuance and a spicy edge. The 2015 vintage won Double Platinum at the 2018 Top 100 SA Wines. Buy this wine online: https://store.spierwines. co.za/
1. Make sure the skin of the belly is dry by placing it on a rack in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. If the skin is not scored, use a very sharp blade to score lines into the skin side about 1 cm apart. 2. Preheat oven to 240°C and set your oven rack to one setting above the middle. 3. Rub the belly all over with oil and season with salt on both sides. Sprinkle with fennel seeds and paprika on the meat side. In a medium sized roasting tray (just bigger than the belly), arrange a layer of sliced onions, add the apple juice & balsamic vinegar over the onions, then place the belly skin-side-up on top of the onions. 4. Place the roasting tray in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until the skin side has bubbled up all over and turned golden brown. Now turn down the temperature to 160 and roast for three hours or until very tender, adding a little water if the roasting tray looks too dry at the bottom. Add the halved apples to the roasting tray for the last 45 minutes of the roasting time. 5. Serve hot, sliced, with the baked apples, slivers of onion and some pan juices.
ON THE MOVE - THE SPIER HEALTHY LIVING CHALLENGE
Spier staff have upped the ante with a comprehensive Healthy Living Challenge. The eight-week programme aims to boost physical and mental wellbeing and instil healthy eating and exercise habits. Activities included aerial yoga, self-defence and juggling (all pictured) as well as pilates, tai chi and running.
WINTER TRAIL RUN
Our 3km walk or fun run, and 5km or 10km trail races take you past Spier’s pastures and vineyards against the backdrop of the majestic Helderberg mountains. Great wines, craft beers and food will be available from the the Spier Farm Kitchen. Time: 08:45 Place: Spier Wine Farm Cost: R30-R120 BOOK: https://entrytickets.net/spierwinter
STELLENBOSCH FARM RUN
The Stellenbosch Farm Run offers three distances traversing Spier’s beautiful farmland: a 6km, a 10km and a 20km. At the finish there is a kids’ play area and massages available for tired legs. Runners stand to win great prizes from Falke, Capestorm and Spier. Time: 6km - 09:30, 10km - 09:15, 20km - 09:00 REGISTRATION: From 08:00 at the venue Place: Spier Wine Farm Cost: R115-R200
STELLENBOSCH MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE
The 13th edition of the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge focuses on fun and family with two route options at Spier: a 22km fun ride for children and novices and a 50km fun ride for intermediate riders. Time: 50km start at 08:00; 22km start at 08:40 Place: Spier Wine Farm Cost: R170-R300 BOOK: www.stellenboschmtbchallenge.co.za CLOSING DATE: 23 July 2018
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1 Songsmith (Great Karoo)
8 Artisan Studio
9 Eight Restaurant
3 Werf Cellar
12 The Werf
6 Spier Mosaic Kraal
Wine Collection Point
13 Manor House Old Wine Cellar
10. WERF CELLAR
6. Mosaic kraal
Witness our winemaking team in action at the Spier Werf Cellar as they handcraft Spier’s first estate wine, made from organic vineyards that grow on the Spier farm.
Surrounded by beautiful Cape Dutch Buildings, Spier’s historic farmyard - the Werf - has been meticulously restored.
13. MANOR HOUSE The 1822 historic Manor House has been extensively restored and three different meeting rooms are available. The building features artworks from the Spier Collection - one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art in the country.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Spier Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar
In 2007, Spier installed a pioneering centralised wastewater treatment plant which is the embodiment of our approach to waste management. It recycles 100% of our wastewater, treats it using only environmentally friendly methodology and the clean water is then used to irrigate the garden and grounds.
18. WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
Spier has an open air venue hosting artistic and corporate events with a capacity of 1100 people.
Conferencing includes an auditorium that seats 430 people and three breakaway rooms, which can be used separately, or combined, to seat 250 people. Conference rooms are adjacent to the Eerste River and have views of the Helderberg mountains. Contact: Conference@spier.co.za
16. CONSCIOUS CONFERENCING
Spier’s Old Wine Cellar is South Africa’s oldest dated cellar building (1767), and is used for conferences & private functions.
15. OLD WINE CELLAR
14. Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery: Coming soon.
1. EAGLE ENCOUNTERS
The country’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic features the works of 16 contemporary South African artists – all crafted by the Spier Arts Academy.
11. SPIER FARM KITCHEN
Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery
At the Eagle Encounters raptor rehabilitation centre, get up close and personal with birds of prey, and find out how these magnificent animals keep the Spier farm healthy and balanced.
7. CRAFT MARKET
Spier Farm Kitchen
2. Songsmith (Great Karoo)
From fridge magnets to masterpieces, the Spier Craft Market, right next to our Tasting Room, offers a wide range of art and crafts, made with a diverse range of materials, including mosaic, beads, textiles and ceramics.
Artist Jenna Burchell has transformed 12 ancient rocks from the Great Karoo into interactive sound sculptures that “sing” when you place a hand on them.
3. WINE TASTING
8. ARTISAN STUDIO The Spier Artisan Studio welcomes guests to see mosaic and ceramic artisans at work as they create artworks in collaboration with South African fine artists.
9. EIGHT RESTAURANT Eight is a farm-to-table eating experience in a beautiful setting next to the Eerste River. Like its name, the restaurant is an expression of balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance. The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from nearby farmers. Natural and organic ingredients are preferred and combined to create nourishing, healthy, and delicious food. Contact: +27 (21) 809 1188 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. THE WERF
The Spier Farm Kitchen offers everything visitors need to make their own tasty farm picnics – as well as a delicious array of locally sourced and made produce to take home. Help yourself to nutritious, farm-inspired food and linger on the stoep overlooking the Werf with a glass of wine or relax nearby under one of the Werf’s giant oaks. The Spier Farm Kitchen is open 7 days a week, including public holidays, from 10.00 to 16.30 daily.
Our Tasting Room on the banks of the Spier dam pairs our award-winning wine with delicious snacks. Relax in the airy lounge area, or take your glass outside onto the patio which has stunning views of the Helderberg mountains. Contact: 021 09 1143/7
4. WINE COLLECTION POINT 5. SEGWAY TOURS The Segway PT (Personal Transporter) is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle. The tour is a beautiful glide through the farm to the vineyards with some interesting facts about Spier’s farming practices and wastewater treatment plant on the way. Contact: 021 809 1157 or visit www.segwaytours.co.za.
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19. SPA AT SPIER
Our spa offers an indulgent array of massages and facials that will ensure you leave rejuvenated and relieved of stress. Contact: email@example.com.
20. SPIER HOTEL RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR
Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail on the terrace with bar snacks, or breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Spier Hotel restaurant. Both the restaurant and wine bar strive to source the freshest available produce for the menus from a range of local suppliers and our farm. Contact: +27 (21) 809 1100
21. SPIER SHOP
A carefully curated selection of products both for the home and for the body is available in the shop adjoining Spier Hotel’s reception and at the Tasting Venue, allowing you to take home a piece of the Spier farm life.
22. SPIER HOTEL
The 4-star Spier Hotel is next to the calming waters of the Eerste River. The rooms are situated in village-style buildings grouped around six private courtyards, each with its own swimming pool in a design reminiscent of the Bo-Kaap or Mediterranean villages where pedestrians have right of way. Contact: Reservations@spier.co.za
ART - The spaces of the Spier Hotel and conferencing rooms are adorned with art from the Spier Collection - one of the most extensive collections of contemporary South African art in the country. Spier believes that the visual arts can provide both guests and staff with new insights, and challenge us to take a fresh look at our world and environment.
WALKS AND TRAILS - Stroll around our peaceful water-wise gardens or visit the River Walk on the Eerste River’s south bank, which showcases our national flower. Download the VoiceMap app and listen to our two audio tours on your phone: Walk the Farm (which starts at the Hotel entrance) and the historic Gables tour (which begins at the Tasting Room). 5km and 10km running route maps are available from the Spier Hotel reception.