MORE THAN THREE CENTURIES OF CAPE WINEMAKING HISTORY
7000 years ago
The area is the hunting grounds for the hunter-gatherer San people
500AD - 1690
The Cochoqua people of the pastoral khoikhoi nations graze their livestock in the region, and build their homesteads (kraals) along the rivers.
Cape of Good Hope founded by Jan van Riebeeck.
The first slaves arrive in the Cape
Governor Jan Van Riebeeck makes the first Cape Wine in Wynberg
Stellenbosch founded by Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself.
Arnoud Jansz settles on the Spier Farm.
Governor Simon van der Stel signs the first Spier Title Deed when granting the property to Arnoud Jansz.
Over 30 000 vines are grown on Spier, one of the best producers of quality wine in the region.
Albertus Myburgh, owner at the time, builds his Wine Cellar, with the holbol gable dating to 1767.
Shed or Cow House centre gable is built.
Jonkershuis Workshop centre gable is built.
Old Kitchen centre gable is built
Jonkershuis centre gable is built.
Manor House centre gable is added.
The Slave Bell is built on the banks of the Eerste River by Andries Christoffel Van der Byl when he needs a great number of slaves to harvest the grapes from the estate's 80 000 vines
Neil Joubert acquires Spier.
We bottle our first wine under the Spier label.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route is established by Neil Joubert from Spier, Frans Malan from Simonsig and Spatz Sperling from Delheim.
Our new wine cellar is built with a capacity to produce 50 000 cases of wine per year.
The Spier Hotel opens.
Spier releases its flagship wine, Frans K Smit, named after our cellar master.
The Spier Manor House undergoes extensive restoration.
Eight Restaurant opens. Like its name, the restaurant is an expression of balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance.
Spier launches its Creative Block wine range.
The Spier Hotel celebrates its 10th Birthday.
Spier releases 21 Gables Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, named after the 21 historical gables found on our farm.
The new Tasting Room opens.
Spier launches the Gables audio walk, a self-guided fictional tour of the Spier farmstead.
The Dying Slave, a 42,6sqm outdoor mosaic sculpture conceived by Marco Cianfanelli and created by Spier Architectural Arts, is installed at Spier.
Spier wins the BASA Chairman’s Premier award in recognition of its "sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts" in South Africa.
Spier wins the Gold the African Responsible Tourism Awards in the category Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment.
Spier wins the Getaway Award for Leadership in Water Conservation.
The Spier Mosaic Kraal, South Africa’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic, opens at Spier.
Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 wins the inaugural Veritas Vertex Award.
Spier launches its Growing for Good learning initiatives.