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WINE Spier launches Seaward - A new range inspired by the Cape’s coastal terroir.

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ART Spier celebrates the arrival of two new art installations.

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GROWING FOR GOOD Community Keepers at Spark school help kids reach their full potential.

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FOOD Read all about the fabulous fermented food & drinks on offer at Spier.

SEAWARD MAKES WAVES The new Seaward Tasting — a tasty soup pairing at our cosy Tasting Room — celebrates the launch of our new Seaward range. Inspired by the Cape’s unique coastal terroir, the range features a sophisticated, lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz.

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WINE

SPIER LAUNCHES SEAWARD A NEW WINE RANGE INSPIRED BY THE CAPE’S COASTAL TERROIR

Spier has spent the last two years developing a unique duo of wines that pay homage to the benefits of growing grapes along the coast. The aptly titled Seaward range is comprised of a sophisticated, lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz. Seaward wines are truly differentiated by their terroir, both within South Africa and globally. The Cape is one of the few wine growing regions in the world where two different ocean currents converge. Moreover, our coastal vineyards are distinct from those located inland, because the surrounding mountain ranges act as a natural barrier to those very cooling sea breezes that give ocean-facing grapes their unique character – a character that reflects resolutely in both Seaward wines. The Spier winemakers, under Cellar Master Frans Smit, make their selections from a narrow band up to 25km from the icy Atlantic seaboard and influenced by the temperate waters of False Bay. “These vines grow in some of the oldest soils in the world, comprising decomposed granite and weathered shale. The water retention is excellent due to their high

clay content, which enables us to farm these dryland (without irrigation), giving them an intensity of flavour,” Smit says. At the height of summer, the confluence of the cooling ocean breezes and cooler soils allows the vines to thrive in optimal conditions for gradual ripening. The vines grow relatively disease-free, and minimal intervention is needed to produce a crop of outstanding quality flavour intensity, year after year. Because ocean-facing grapes have thicker skins and are generally smaller in size than their inland counterparts, they tend to yield less fruit – these factors make it a considerable commitment on Spier’s part to invest in making wines solely with these grapes. Yet the benefits are clearly evident in the resulting wines. “There is a purity of fruit in these wines, with great concentration, balance and finesse,” Smit says. “The common thread is a saline minerality, given the proximity to the ocean.”

“WE’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT SHARING THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOUR WITH WINE LOVERS.”

ABOUT THE WINES:

THE SPIER SEAWARD

The Spier Seaward

CHARDONNAY 2018:

Shiraz 2017:

Made with grapes sourced from the Tygerberg Hills, this lightly-wooded wine has aromas of ruby grapefruit, mango, citrus with undertones of raw almonds. The creamy palate offers fresh citrus and nectarine notes with well-integrated vanilla on the finish.

High-quality Shiraz grapes were selected from Darling, Durbanville and the southern side of Stellenbosch for this wine. Having matured for 14 months in a mixture of first, second and third fill oak barrels, the Shiraz has beautifully layered aromas of mulberry, violets and plum supported by infused allspice. The palate has richness with good length and smooth tannins.

THE WINTER SOUP TASTING

SPIER BLENDS SHINE AT PRESTIGIOUS CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES 2019 Spier has scooped three of the fifteen gold medals awarded to South African wines at the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019. Judged by an international panel, Spier’s flagship Frans K. Smit Red Blend 2015, as well as the Creative Block 2 2018 and the Creative Block 5 2016 blends, were awarded Gold. Named after Spier’s Cellar Master, the Frans K. Smit pays tribute to his role in transforming Spier into the internationally accoladed winery it is today. The Bordeaux-style red blend is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (both 10%) — all sourced from Stellenbosch’s Helderberg region. “This wine represents the very pinnacle of our commitment to crafting terroir-driven wines of exceptional quality,” Frans Smit says. “We’re delighted that this, along with our Creative Block wines, have received this award.” The Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2017 and Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 both received silver medals. About Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019

The Seaward range is available at R120 each from the Spier Tasting Room and online store (spier.co.za/shop). Join the Wine Club and you’ll get 15% off these wines, with free delivery! Visit spier.co.za/visit/wine-club for more info.

More than 9000 wines from 46 producer countries competed in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2019, with Silver, Gold and Grand Gold medals awarded to 43 countries around the globe.

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When the mercury drops and the rain clouds gather, the soup ladle and the wine glass are the best of friends. That’s why, until 31 August, visitors to Spier’s cosy Tasting Room can enjoy three hearty vegetarian soup pairings served with an assortment of focaccia. Two of these are matched with wines from Seaward, Spier’s brand-new range of single varietals. First up, is carrot soup topped with goats cheese and cashew dukkah, paired with Spier Creative Block 2, a crisp white blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Next, there’s cauliflower and smoked cheese soup paired with the lightly-wooded Spier Seaward Chardonnay. This is followed by a spicy roast tomato and basil soup paired with the richly suave Spier Seaward Shiraz. Lastly, enjoy a vegan brownie with a glass of the wonderfully warming Spier Cape Vintage. MORE INFO

The Winter Seaward Tasting is available at R120 per person, and is vegetarian-friendly. Enjoy it at the Spier Tasting Room until 31 August. OPEN:

09:00 – 16:30 Mon to Sat 11:00 – 18:00 on Sun

CONTACT: +27 (21) 809 1147 for more info


RECIPE

PORK AND FENNEL MEATBALLS A PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO THE SEAWARD SHIRAZ

THIS COMFORTING WINTER DISH IS FRESH UPDATE FROM YOUR REGULAR, POPULAR BEEF MEATBALL RECIPE. SERVE THESE HEARTY NUGGETS WITH PASTA, MASHED POTATO OR WITH CRUSTY BREAD. Serves 6. Ingredients

FOR THE SAUCE: • 45 ml olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, crushed/grated • 2 cans (800g) whole tomatoes, blitzed to a smooth pulp • 10 ml (2 teaspoons) sugar • salt & pepper, to taste

FOR THE MEATBALLS: • 30ml olive oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 1 fennel bulb, finely chopped (save some of the fronds for serving) • Rind of a small lemon, finely grated • 10ml smoked paprika • 1kg pork mince • Salt and pepper, to taste Method

PREPARE THE SAUCE: Heat the oil in a medium pot and fry the garlic over medium heat until golden. Add the smooth tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes or until reduced by a third. Set aside.

PREPARE THE MEATBALLS: In a wide pan, heat the oil and fry the onions, fennel and lemon rind until it is soft and fragrant. Remove from the heat and transfer to a mixing bowl, adding the smoked paprika, mince salt & pepper. Mix well. Shape into balls (about 4-5 cm in diameter). Using the same pan as before, add more olive oil and fry the meatballs on all sides over medium heat until just cooked. Serve with the warm tomato sauce, scattered with fennel fronds (and pasta / starch of your choice, optionally). Pairs beautifully with a glass of Spier Seaward Shiraz.

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ART

CELEBRATING NEW ARRIVALS SPIER WELCOMES TWO NEW ART INSTALLATIONS

The Spier’s collection of contemporary artworks has grown with the arrival of two new installations. Emerging Illusionistic Bend

This artwork by Rodan Kane Hart can be found near the Spier Hotel, where it adds visual interest to the landscape through the illusion and interplay of material and shadow, and invite guests onto the riverside walkway.

The public spaces at Spier provide a wonderful opportunity for visitors to engage with our diverse South African culture through art. Continuously searching for works that live well outdoors, the Spier Arts Trust intends to add large-scale works periodically, contributing to the visitor experience while providing artists with a platform for their unique artistic expression.

Created in 2015, the work forms part of a series of metal sculptures by the Joburgborn artist that unpack the shapes and ideologies of contemporary South African cities. Emerging Illusionistic Bend uses a 90 degree angle as the primary rubric. This shape has been reproduced, inverted, and placed in regular intervals apart to generate complex structural patterns and forms; essentially creating the illusion of bending steel. Uthomi

A large-scale mosaic fountain conceptualised by Mozambican artist Lizette Chirrime has been installed in a water feature close to Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery. The ambitious, vividly coloured work was produced by the Spier Artisan Studio. Uthomi, which is Chirrime’s first mosaic project, celebrates and showcases her talent for combining colour and abstract form, offering a vibrant playground for the imagination. Having grown up on the Maputo coast, the Cape Town-based Chirrime often references water and other elements of nature in her work. Informed by a keen awareness of the negative impact humans can have on the environment, she hopes to inspire and evoke positive change through her art.

EXPLORE OUR OTHER ART INSTALLATIONS The Dying Slave

The Mosaic Kraal

The Songsmith (Great Karoo)

SPIER ARTISAN STUDIO

A large mosaic by Marco Cianfelli situated between the Conference Centre and the Spier Hotel. It features nine 4.1m high columns that together create a completed picture based on Michelangelo’s image of a male slave in the ecstatic throes of dying.

Situated between the Wine Collection Point and the Tasting Room, at the entrance to the Werf, the Spier Mosaic Kraal features the works of 16 contemporary South African artists. It is South Africa’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic.

Artist Jenna Burchell has transformed twelve ancient rocks into interactive sound sculptures, which have been installed along the dam near the Tasting Room.

Visitors to Spier estate can also pop into the satellite Stellenbosch space of the Spier Artisan Studio. The airy, light-filled studio allows guests to see artisans at work as they create pieces in mosaic and beadwork in collaboration with South African fine artists.

VoiceMap Art Walking Tour

Download the VoiceMap app (available both on Android and iOS from voicemap.me) and listen to our latest audio tour, which showcases a small selection of Spier’s art collection.

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GROWING FOR GOOD

SPIER SUPPORTS COMMUNITY KEEPERS HELPING KIDS AT SPARK SCHOOL IN LYNEDOCH REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL

Spier’s Growing For Good initiatives invest in learning that empowers our communities to make positive social and environmental change. One of these initiatives is the Community Keeper programme at SPARK Lynedoch, a primary school which is close to our farm in Lynedoch, just outside of Stellenbosch. This is the sixth school in the SPARK network, which is dedicated to offering high-quality, affordable private education, with many learners coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some of the children who attend SPARK Lynedoch School encounter significant challenges at home and in their communities. These include a lack of access to basic resources, unsafe and, at times, violent home environments as well as the ongoing prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome. “Given the socioeconomic challenges they face, we knew that there was a need for socio-emotional support to learners and their families. The partnership with Community Keepers has provided a unique network of specialised expertise to best support the children,” says Jess Schulschenk, the director of the Sustainability Institute, which was instrumental in rolling out this programme.

The Community Keeper office employs Mieke van de Merwe, a qualified social worker who conducts therapy at SPARK throughout the week. An additional therapist visits weekly to counsel learners who need extra support. Through contributing to the children’s social and emotional wellbeing, the Community Keepers programme aims to motivate students to reach their full potential and to provide assistance in areas of need. Children often need professional support to face and overcome the dangers and challenges of society. The programme’s activities fall into four areas: The Support Keepers initiative offers oneon-one individual assessments, therapy and counselling. The Life Keepers initiative offers personal and social development to the kids in a group setting — through classes and workshops. The Parent Keepers initiative provides parents with workshops and developmental sessions to enhance their parenting skills. Lastly, the Teacher Keepers initiative provides professional support and development of educators so that they are better equipped to deal with the psycho-social challenges they face in the classroom and among colleagues.

“It’s a privilege serving as the Community Keeper at SPARK in Lynedoch,” Mieke says.

“ALTHOUGH THE CHILDREN’S CIRCUMSTANCES CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH, IT IS REWARDING TO BE PART OF POSITIVE CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES. EVEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE SEEMS SMALLER WHEN WE TAKE A STEP CLOSER AND TAKE ACTION.” Mieke finds being able to contribute to the overall wellbeing of the community one of the most fulfilling aspects of the role. “Previous clients who bring their classmates to the Community Keepers office for psychosocial support, vouching for the services we offer, makes it all worth it,” she says.

These include tackling one of South Africa’s most pressing challenges, youth unemployment, through mentorship in hospitality, wine and agriculture. All Spier wines display the Growing for Good icon – a heart in a vine leaf that represents both community and the environment. This icon reminds consumers that, by choosing Spier, they are contributing to positive social and environmental impact. Their support ensures we can continue to invest in initiatives that make a meaningful difference. Our focus on learning is because of its ability to unleash the potential of people, catalysing a ripple effect of change that goes far beyond Spier.

About Spier Growing for Good Our ethically conscious approach to all the facets of our business is embodied in Spier Growing for Good: a range of learning initiatives designed to empower staff and communities to create positive social and environmental change.

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GROWING FOR GOOD - A SPIER LEARNING INITIATIVE


CONFERENCING

SOLAR POWERED CONFERENCING FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE - ONE CONFERENCE AT A TIME

A 42kW solar power system installed almost two years ago on the Spier Conference Centre roof has resulted in significant energy savings, offsetting roughly 40% of Centre’s annual power usage. The 156 solar panels are also an important tool in the fight against climate change.

self-sufficient and sustainable future that will benefit both people and planet.”

“Carbon emissions from electricity generation is one of the biggest culprits responsible for global rising temperatures,” explains Spier’s GM, Joep Schoof. “Harnessing our ample sunshine to generate clean power forms an important part our commitment to a

The Conference Centre panels form the third and largest solar PV system to be installed at Spier by RenEnergy, Spier’s energy partner (which is also based on the estate). In the coming months, additional panels will be installed at the Spier Hotel and Tasting Room.

When electricity demand in the Centre is low and generation is high, the excess power is used by other buildings on the estate, ensuring this energy doesn’t go to waste.

CHEF PJ’S FABULOUS FERMENTS FROM SAUERKRAUT TO KOMBUCHA, THERE’S AN ABUNDANCE OF FERMENTED FOODS AND DRINKS AT SPIER Chef PJ Vadas has been satiating the growing appetite for fermented delicacies at both the Spier Farm Kitchen and VADAS Smokehouse & Bakery. “The demand for fermented foods has surged in recent years, and for good reason,” PJ says. “It’s is a really great and healthy - way of adding interesting flavours and textures to food.” PJ uses seasonal vegetables picked from the Food Garden such as cucumbers and mushrooms, which he places in brine to achieve lacto-fermentation; the inclusion of vine leaves releases tannins which help to keep the veggies crisp. After fermentation, the mushrooms, he says, are “super umami - almost like soy sauce”.

Using brine means the fermented veggies are smoother and less tart than products pickled in vinegar. “It all depends on what style of fermentation you want,” he says. He’s made a vinegar with Spier’s organic red wine that he’ll be using to pickle products in the months to come. Some fermented items, like his sauerkraut, are used as sides at VADAS, while others are bottled and sold at the Spier Farm Kitchen, making them ideal as pantry-fillers and gifts. His kimchi and kombucha are available at both. The kombucha is a refreshing blend of rooibos, green tea, combined with lemongrass and other herbs. You can also enjoy it in a house cocktail at VADAS,

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where it is artfully combined with gin and tequila. “We’re continuing to experiment and expand our selection of fermented products,” PJ adds. He’s even used locally sourced buffalo milk to make kefir — a thin yoghurt-like fermented milk.

“IN KEEPING WITH OUR SEASONAL AND LOCAL ETHOS, THE RANGE WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE, DEPENDING ON WHICH HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.” Chef PJ Vadas

VISIT www.VADAS.co.za @vadas_smokehouse


EVENTS

HAPPENINGS ON THE FARM WHAT WE’RE UP TO THIS SEASON

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STELLENBOSCH FARM run

This running event offers three distances which means plenty of fun no matter your fitness level. Farm views and fresh air guaranteed — for the whole family. REGISTRATION:

From 08:00 at the venue Pre-entries (closing date: 22 July) 7km R130 11.5km R160 20km R220 COST:

• Enter online at www.spier.co.za/events

from 08:00 – 09:15. • Register online at www.spier.co.za/events • Online/pre-entries close 2 days before the run at 5pm.

VADAS Winter Special

WINTER trail run

Join us for the Spier Winter Trail Run Series. 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 available from the the Spier Farm Kitchen. The 3km is a non-timed walk / jog / fun run, and the 5km and 10km are timed. Registration and entries:

Registration and late entries:

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STELLENBOSCH MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE

09:30am PLACE: Spier Farm Kitchen TIME:

COST: 3km R30 pre-entries. R40 for late entries. 5km R60 pre-entries. R80 for late entries.

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WINTER trail run

Join us for the Spier Winter Trail Run Series. 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 available from the the Spier Farm Kitchen. The 3km is a non-timed walk / jog / fun run, and the 5km and 10km are timed.

10km

AUGUST

R100 pre-entries. R120 for late en-

This fun family event offers distances of 22km and a 50km. Entries are limited to 2000 riders. The picturesque routes are ideal for beginner to intermediate riders. Riders can expect well stocked refreshment stations, technical support on route, a bubbly point on the longer route and a special commemorative medal. At the finish carnival there will be kids’ entertainment, food and drink, and a lucky draw with loads of prizes. start at 08:00 COST: Pre-entries (closing date: 24 July) 22km R190 50km R330 TIME:

• Enter online at www.spier.co.za/events FOR MORE EVENT DETAILS VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.SPIER.CO.ZA/EVENTS

from 08:00 – 09:15. • Register online at www.spier.co.za/events • Online/pre-entries close 2 days before the run at 5pm.

09:30am PLACE: The Spier Farm Werf TIME:

COST: 3km R30 pre-entries. R40 for late entries. 5km R60 pre-entries. R80 for late entries. 10km

R100 pre-entries. R120 for late en-

tries.

From Monday to Saturday, VADAS is slashing 50% of its Chef’s Platter!

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I SEE U EXHIBITION

I See U: Imagining a Space for Freedom - is an exhibition celebrating 25 years of South Africa’s democracy. It showcases more than 35 works from the Spier Collection, encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, beadwork and drawing. Entrance to this exhibition is free. 29 August 2019 - 30 November 2019 PLACE: Old Wine Cellar

ESCAPE TO THE FARM WITH OUR WINTER PACKAGE

For just R200pp - you save R195! you can feast on: • Smoked corn and goat cheese arancini • Smoked harissa chicken wings • Beets with feta, grapes and pistachio • Beans and radish salad, sourdough crumb and Caesar dressing • Smoked brisket and BBQ sauce • Pork belly with apple ketchup Ingredients change depending on availability. This offer is available until 30th August and excludes Sundays and Public Holidays. Book now: 021 809 1137/www.vadas.co.za

The package includes: • Wholesome breakfasts at the hotel, crafted by our chefs • A delicious farm-to-table lunch

Winter is Spier’s secret season — a time for slowing down. Hibernate by the fire in your cosy hotel room. Watch the oak leaves fall on the Werf. Enjoy lungfuls of crisp, clean air as you stroll by the river or cycle through pastures. Feast on a delicious farm-to-table lunch matched with beautiful wines. Make the most of the season with Spier’s Winter package — an incredible value getaway aimed at recharging and rejuvenating even the most stressed of city slickers.

• A Signature wine-tasting at the Tasting Room • A pampering treatment at the Spier Spa • Two nights in a Signature Room at Spier Hotel The Spier Winter package costs just R1720 per person sharing per night (for a 2-night stay) and is valid until 30 September 2019. Book ONLINE AT www.SPIER.co.za/WINTER2019

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Eagle Encounters

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Craft Market

Wine Tasting

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Wine Collection Point

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Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

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Spier Farm Kitchen

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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.

Segway Tours

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 / Closed for a winter break

Witness our winemaking team in action at the Spier Werf Cellar as they handcraft Spier’s first estate wine, made from organic

10. WERF CELLAR

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 eight@spier.co.za.

9. EIGHT RESTAURANT

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.

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2. Songsmith (Great Karoo) 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 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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vineyards that grow on the Spier farm.

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Spier Hotel

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Spier Hotel Restaurant & Wine Bar

Spier Shop

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16. CONSCIOUS CONFERENCING

Spier’s Old Wine Cellar is South Africa’s oldest dated cellar building (1767), and is used for conferences & private functions.

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quality of ethically and locally sourced ingredients. Cooking with fire and smoke takes centre stage with a delicious range of pasture-reared meats. There are organic vegetarian options, too, as well as freshly baked breads and pastries.

Amphitheatre

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.

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

12. THE WERF Surrounded by beautiful Cape Dutch Buildings, Spier’s historic farmyard - the Werf - has been meticulously restored.

17. AMPHITHEATRE

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

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Spier has an open air venue hosting artistic and corporate events with a capacity of 1100 people.

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.

14. Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery Overlooking the Werf, Vadas offers dishes showcasing the

the clean water is then used to irrigate the garden and grounds.

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: thespa@spier.co.za.

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 audio tours on your phone. • Walk the farm: This hour-long tour will introduce you to the farm’s many facets: from art and wines to hospitality and heritage. • Sannie’s Story: This short historical tour was written by one of South Africa’s foremost playwrights, Brett Bailey, and explores the farm through the eyes of fictional slavewomen Sannie de Goede. • Art Walk: Discover some of Spier’s incredible art collection that’s dotted around the estate on this quick 20 minute walk.

YOU CAN BUY SPIER WINE ONLINE WE DELIVER TO YOUR DOOR

Order your favourites from the comfort of your armchair – and get them delivered to your home. If you buy two or more cases, you qualify to join our Wine Club which offers a 15% discount on cellar door prices, free delivery and many more incredible benefits.

Sign up at www.spier.co.za/visit/wine-club or our Tasting Room. T&Cs apply.

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