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Spier

Spier Winery has a rich heritage. It was founded in 1692 when Simon van der Stel signed the first title deed of the land on the banks of the Eerste River that would become Spier, granting the property to Arnould Jansz. This makes Spier one of the very first wines farms to be established in Stellenbosch and it still boasts South Africa's oldest dated wine cellar, built by the then owner Albertus Myburgh in 1767. The property was already called Spier by the early 18th century, when it was acquired by Hans Heinrich Hattingh: the Dutch word “spier” alluded to a marsh of reeds as would have been found growing on the river banks. Fast forward to 1965 when Neil Joubert acquired Spier and bottled the first wine under the Spier label in 1971. In the same year Joubert, with Frans Malan of Simonsig and Spatz Sperling of Delheim, introduced the first Stellenbosch wine route and pioneered tourism in South Africa. Joubert was integral to building Spier's reputation and transforming it into a major player. Joubert died in 1992 and Spier was bought by present owner South African business tycoon, Dick Enthoven, the following year. Cellar Master Frans Smit joined the team in 1995 - their flagship Frans K. Smit wine is a tribute to this talented winemaker. A new winery was built in 1995, upgraded in 2000, and Spier have gone from strength to strength. Enthoven restored the historic buildings - Spier has more Cape Dutch gables than any other farm in South Africa. They have had organic certification since 2014 and presently farm 132 hectares. Spier are passionate about the environment. In 2016 they won the Getaway Award for leadership in Water Conservation, and today 100% of their black and grey wastewater is recycled. In 2019 they were the first winery in the world to receive Control Union Vegan Standard certification by the accredited certifying body Control Union. In 2021 they won Plater's by Dining Club South African Wine Guide Editor's Award-Winery of the Year. Spier have also developed numerous social initiatives to empower the community and promote positive social change. This historic multi-awarded winery, one of the most awarded in South Africa in fact, also houses one of the country's largest contemporary art collections. Their commitment to crafting vibrant terroir-driven wines with minimal interference shines in every bottle and, with more than three centuries of Cape winemaking history behind them, represent outstanding value!