Cape Winelands audio tour: Walk the Spier Farm: Hotel

Walk the Spier Farm: Hotel

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, with a recorded history dating back to 1692. This hour-long tour will introduce you to the farm’s many facets: from art and wines to hospitality and heritage. You’ll also discover our efforts to forge a sustainable future, through biodynamic farming, the rehabilitation of fragile indigenous ecosystems and our eco-friendly wastewater plant and water-wise winery.

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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

Begin this tour at the entrance to Spier Hotel. You reach this by following the signs to the hotel when you reach the entrance to Spier farm on the R310 (Baden Powell Drive) just outside of Stellenbosch. There is ample parking right next to the hotel.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Eight restaurant, Spier Tasting Room, Treepreneurs, Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery

Best time of day

Mornings, Afternoons

Precautions

If it's been raining a lot, parts of the farm can get a bit muddy.

Comments

Great tour when you are staying at the hotel. Beautiful gardens and farm.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

Fantastic

Posted by Steph P , about 2 years ago

Lovely and in formative. Great place. But got lost despite exhortations to look at map

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

really very nice insightful tour of a farm where they try to do things the right way. Just bring good sun protection as you will mostly walk in the sun.

Posted by Jessy Lipperts , over 3 years ago

An excellent walking or cycling tour of the farm. We have only been here three days but this was a really excellent hour spent. Thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

What a wonderful and insightful tour, definitely worth it!!

Posted by Mary , about 5 years ago

My husband and two friends did this walk on Saturday, 09 January 2016 and I have to say we were very impressed by this wonderful working farm. I had prevuiosly not been that impressed by Spier as I thought it to be very commercial and aimed at tourists. After doing this VoiceMap tour, however, I have defininerty changed my mind! They are a true inspiration with all the wonderful recycling and giving back to the community. Well done Spier!

Posted by Charmaine , over 5 years ago

I believe Iain has now helped you to figure it out, Andrea. Enjoy the walk!

Posted by Claire , over 5 years ago

Only the first three tracks are download, the other not!

Posted by Andrea Couvert , over 5 years ago
Walk the Spier Farm: Hotel