Yay! A popular favourite for their picnics by the lake, Creative Block wines, chocolate pairings, amazing platters, Segway tours and even eagle encounters. It’s Spier Wine Farm in the Stellenbosch Wine Routes!
BOOKINGS: Definitely book your wine tasting up front. You can contact them through the Spier website.
WINE TASTING: Their are different tasting options available from R40 – R90 per person. The Chocolate and Wine Pairing is R70 pp and is great value for money. I would definitely also recommend inquiring about the cheese and meat platters.
WHEN TO GO: Adaptable for summer or winter but definitely better in the Summer. Why not order a picnic and sit outside overlooking the lake.
TIME OF VISIT: This is a whole day affair so make a day of it.
SERVICE: Informative and professional. Spier is also very inconsistent so you will either go on a good day and get exceptional service (Gloria) or you will hit them on a really bad day when the service is so bad that you will feel like walking out. I have experienced both. My recommendation? Arrive early – about 30 mins after they open and go straight to the wine bar to ask for your booking. Don’t hang around like a lost person, they will ignore you because there is a gift shop. The hotel on the other hand has exceptional service and you will feel like royalty!
RESTAURANT: Yes – definitely try the Hoghouse – it’s amazing! There are other options too: Spier Restaurants.
OTHER AMENITIES: Picnics, Segway Tours, Conference Centre, Restaurants, Spa, Hotel, Eagle Encounters, Train station, – the list is endless!
ACCOMMODATION: Yes. The Spier Hotel.
CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? Kids yes, pets – not recommended.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for 2 – 20 people.
LOCATION: About a 30 minute drive from Cape Town in Stellenbosch. Spier Wine Farm Directions.
OTHER RATINGS: Learn what others have rated on Trip Advisor by reading the Spier Trip Advisor Review Page.
Here’s my experience:
I don’t even think this blog will do Spier the justice they deserve – there is so much to write about, I will be here typing for years haha. So I will give you a quick run down in pictures because hey – pictures speak a thousand words.
The tasting room is very modern, minimalistic and sophisticated despite it being around since 1692. It’s also very big, with tables that cater for small or large crowds.
The chairs are quite uncomfortable after a while so be sure to plan your wine tasting for around 45 mins before heading off for a spa day, segway tour, picnic or lunch. The aim is to find the wine you like and then order it for your lunch later I guess. There is a small section of couches available.
I delved right into the the chocolate and wine pairing for R70. Do not let these three little chocolates fool you, you will go through quite a lot of wines from MCC, white wines to red wines. It’s quite a taste sensation! All wine tasting is served to you with an introduction for each pairing. Listen carefully and you will definitely learn a lot!
Onto the platters! Ok – I am always hungry. How yummy are these platters? We ordered two platters which was sufficient for 4 people to share. Oh and did I mention the cake table? There are literally around 10 cakes to choose from. YUM!
There are such a vast selection of wines, you might take a month of Sunday’s to get through it all 🙂 The popular choice that stands out is the Creative Block Range. It’s where the wine maker blends either 2, 3 or 5 wine varietals to make a special blend of amazing wine. My favourite was the Creative Block 3. It’s a Rhone style red blend of 93% Shiraz, 4% Mourvèdre and 3 % Viognier and pairs wonderfully with juicy steaks.
To work off all of this food, I would definitely recommend a Segway tour. It takes you right up into the vineyards for one hour at R350 per person. Do not be fooled, it looks easy but is also quite a work out for your core. I enjoyed this experience with my cousin from the UK so it felt like high summer for him haha.
Spier is a ridiculously massive farm – really huge! I stayed over in their fabulous hotel. The rooms are apartment style buildings (don’t worry, there are golf cars to carry you around) all elegantly furnished with a fireplace and mini bar (with more wine I might add). Talk about romantic! I, on the other hand, shared the room with my bestie because – girls’ weekend!
If you get hungry, dinner or lunch at the Hoghouse is highly recommended. You choose your meat in 100g portions, then add your starch and salads. Guys, they even have braai broodjies 🙂
Breakfast the next morning was a real treat. The service at the hotel is exceptional so you will feel like royalty. The breakfast is buffet style so you can really fill your boots and then keep going until it is dinner time.
I had such a super experience, no wonder Capetonians keep this as a regular favourite – there is even a train station within walking distance.
Farms next door include Vredenheim and Asara.
So which farm will be next? 🙂