Spier Estate

Address: R310, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Telephone: +27 21 809 1100

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Fairtrade and sustainable principles are the feel-good factors at this dynamic estate.

As a local, I don’t get to wine estates very often except when entertaining friends from overseas or perhaps on a Saturday or Sunday outing, but Spier is the exception. When I was a student, it was the place to go to get rowdy on a Friday afternoon but my how things change. Now you’ll find a wide range of things to see and do here – from eateries and entertainment offerings to a cheetah experience (you’ll never forget this opportunity to stroke one of these magnificent felines), a wild raptor rehabilitation demonstration and a wonderful shop, Fringe Arts, selling South African only contemporary arts and crafts. There’s also a hotel (Spier Hotel) which is a great base for exploring the Winelands.

Eating and drinking

I’m a fan of Eight at Spier , the farm-to-table eatery that’s as stylish as it is pro sustainability and, though on-site dining destination Moyo is somewhat Afro-Disney like, it’s a memorable all African entertainment experience.

Value for money

Expert tips

The sprawling estate wears its biodynamic badge with pride – among their award-winning wines is a certified organic offering but their newly launched Cap Classique is fabulous too.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Chilling out
  • History