Spier is an ethically, environmentally- and socially-conscious farm in South Africa’s Stellenbosch Winelands. With a recorded history of more than 300 years, today it’s a family-run destination that offers good food, wine, hospitality, arts and farming. Employing almost 500 staff, the farm consists of a 153-room hotel, a conference centre, restaurants, winery and farming operation.
Spanning 621 hectares, the farm has been family-owned since 1993. Historic buildings and adjacent land have been restored, conserved and rehabilitated: a demonstration of a commitment to honour the farm’s heritage and nurture its environmental biodiversity while being mindful of the region’s socio-economic development challenges.
Spier has been recognised by a number of external organisations for its commitment to sustainability and ethical business. The farm is organically certified and was awarded Conservation Champion status by WWF-SA. Its Hotel was one of the first in South Africa 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), Spier’s winery is FSSC 22000 certified, Control Union Vegan accredited and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.
Spier’s winery sources grapes from its home farm, the organically certified Nooitgedacht near Paarl which it also owns, and a number of growers elsewhere in the Western Cape province of South Africa.