Heritage

More than three centuries of Cape Winelands history

In 1692, this was one of the very first farms to be established in Stellenbosch. A restored Manor House, an intriguing collection of Cape Dutch gables and the oldest dated wine cellar in the country. All on a farm that takes a purist approach to farming for health.

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1652

1652

Cape of Good Hope founded by Jan van Riebeeck.

1679

1679

Stellenbosch founded by Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself.

1683

1683

Arnoud Jansz settles on the Spier Farm.

1692

1692

Governor Simon van der Stel signs the first Spier Title Deed when granting the property to Arnoud Jansz.

1767

1767

Mijburg, owner at the time, builds his Wine Cellar, with the holbol gable dating to 1767.

1773

1773

Shed or Cow House centre gable is built.

1778

1778

Jonkershuis Workshop centre gable is built.

1812

1812

Old Kitchen centre gable is built.

1817

1817

Jonkershuis centre gable is built.

1822

1822

Manor House centre gable is added.

1825

1825

The restored Slave Bell on the banks of the Eerste River is built by Van der Byl when he needs a great number of slaves to harvest the grapes from the estate's 80 000 vines.

1971

1971

We bottle our first wine under the Spier label.

1971

1971

The Stellenbosch Wine Route is established by Neil Joubert from Spier, Frans Malan from Simonsig and Spatz Sperling from Delheim.

1995

1995

New wine cellar built with a capacity to produce 50 000 cases of wine per year.

2000

2000

The Spier Hotel is opened.

2008

2008

Spier releases its flagship wine, Frans K Smit, named after our cellar master.

2008

2008

The Spier Manor House undergoes extensive restoration.

2009

2009

Eight Restaurant opens. Like its name, the restaurant is an expression of balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance.

2009

2009

Spier launches its Creative Block wine range.

2010

2010

The Spier Hotel celebrates its 10th Birthday.

2011

2011

Spier releases 21 Gables Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, named after the 21 historical gables found on our farm.

2011

2011

New wine tasting room opened.

2012

2012

Spier launches Gables audio walk, a self-guided fictional tour of the Spier farmstead.

2012

2012

The Dying Slave, a 42,6sqm outdoor mosaic sculpture conceived by Marco Cianfanelli and created by Spier Architectural Arts, is installed at Spier.