Cape Winelands audio tour: Spier History: Sannie’s Story

Spier History: Sannie’s Story

Walking Tour

40 mins

About the Tour

This historical tour was researched and written by one of South Africa's foremost playwrights, Brett Bailey. The walk will take you on a fictional journey based on the reality of life on a farm in the Cape Winelands in the early part of the 19th century. These were the dying days of a colonial society that relied on slavery, and thousands of slaves from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Angola and Mozambique toiled in the region.

Your narrator is a fictional character named Sannie de Goede, a slave woman on the Spier Farm in 1836, on the eve of her freedom. Slaves were emancipated in 1834 but only walked free on 1 December 1838, after serving a 4-year 'apprenticeship' for their freedom.

Tour Producer


Spier Wine Farm

Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, Spier has a vibrant and conscious energy. Award-winning wine can be paired with fabulous food, grown either on the farm or by nearby farmers. The winery is one of the most awarded in the country and the Spier Hotel and meeting facilities offer inspiring winelands getaways in the tranquility of nature. Spier is committed to doing the right thing for the environment and communities, and is renowned for its responsible tourism approach. The farm has been recognised by various external organisations including Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA) and the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA). In 2011, Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award recognised the estate as the top international destination ‘Doing it All’. Spier is a Champion member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), and the cellar has ISO 22000 certification, is Fair Trade accredited, organically certified and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria. Spier’s environmental and social initiatives are many and varied, and include ways to reduce water usage. 100% of its wastewater, and over 80% of its solid waste, is recycled. Spier supports local communities through the treepreneur project, which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods. The estate also supports entrepreneurs by helping them create micro-enterprises linked to Spier.

Major Landmarks

  • Spier Wine Farm

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts at Spier's wine tasting centre. After you park at the estate, you can inquire at reception and get a map.

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Places to stop along the way

Wine Tasting Centre, or Eight To Go, Eight Restaurant, various historical sites, Wine Cellar.

Best time of day

Any time, but be sure to check the estate's opening hours.


Take along sunblock and a hat in summer, and a raincoat in winter.


Downloading stopped after 4/15 segments. Frustrating...

Posted by David Mayes , about 6 years ago

Hi David - Sorry to hear you're having trouble. This is something we run into occasionally on Android, especially on older devices, and we're working on an update that will fix it. In the interim, if this happens, exit the download. You'll see that the walk is still "Downloading". Tap on the bar that says Downloading, then select Cancel. The download should restart.

Posted by Iain , about 6 years ago
Spier History: Sannie’s Story