Spier Growing For Good initiatives empower our communities to unleash positive social and environmental change.
Ranging from art and entrepreneurship to regenerative farming and ecological restoration, these projects and partnerships are creating a ripple effect of lasting and meaningful impact.
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LIVING SOILS COMMUNITY LEARNING FARM
Based at Spier, this learning and demonstration farm produces nutritious food using eco-friendly regenerative farming methods while empowering a new generation of farmers. Read more.
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100% of our organic waste is transformed into organic, nutrient-rich fertiliser and more than 97% of our solid waste is recycled.
Spier supports Eagle Encounters by donating land, electricity and water for its facilities.
In our food gardens, Megan McCarthy teaches members of disadvantaged local communities how to grow food using eco-friendly and regenerative techniques.
Because each employee is an ambassador for Spier and its values, every new member of our team participates in a five-day training course that explores environmental and social challenges.
Spier is a participating employer in the Pinotage Youth Development Academy which seeks to educate and employ disadvantaged youth in the wine industry.
Living in some of the province’s most impoverished communities, Tree-preneurs are taught how to care for indigenous trees and plants.
Spier recruits entry-level staff through Harambee, an initiative that sources, trains and places unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into their first jobs.
Our land is holistically farmed to create a diversified, balanced ecosystem with minimal impact on the environment.
Pack for a Purpose invites visitors to Spier to fill spare space in their luggage with much-needed books, stationery and other educational supplies for disadvantaged young students.
Based at Spier, this learning and demonstration farm produces nutritious food using eco-friendly regenerative farming methods while empowering a new generation of farmers.
Spier helps entrepreneurs — many of the former employees — to launch and successfully run their own small businesses.
100% of Spier’s black and grey wastewater is recycled using a centralised wastewater treatment plant installed in 2007.
We ensure integrity throughout our supply chain by monitoring the agreed commitments in our Spier Supplier Ethical Code of Conduct, which includes compliance with all relevant labour, health and safety and environmental legislation.
The Spier Art Collection is one of the largest contemporary collections of South African art in the country.
The Spier Nursery was established to propagate and grow indigenous trees and plants that are specific to the region to re-introduce these onto the farm.
The mosaic artworks at Spier were created by students and graduates of the three-year Spier Artisan Apprenticeship Programme, which ran from 2008 to 2020.
Experience interactive outdoor performances during Spier's annual art events.
Curate your own collection by established and emerging artists to create a vibrant collage expressing contemporary South Africa.
As stewards of 620ha, we’re in it for the long haul. We believe in being good neighbours, in working together to regenerate the soil, restore the health of our rivers, and provide nourishment to our communities. Bringing about lasting positive change is not about quick fixes or going it alone. It requires creativity, collaboration and compassion. Our efforts today are about ensuring a future that is resilient, healthy and thriving for generations to come.
Read the latest news about our initiatives
26 May 2022
The 4855 guests who booked our recent Summer of ‘21 package – a celebration of Spier ...
18 May 2022
When the Living Soils Community Learning Farm was launched in March 2019, it had three ...
08 April 2022
As part of Spier’s commitment to a self-sufficient and sustainable future, we’re constantly ...
11 November 2021
For more than a decade, Spier has partnered with local farming contractor Adam & Seuns to ...
03 November 2021
Three years ago we celebrated the launch of the Living Soils Community Learning farm in ...
20 October 2021
In March 2019, we partnered with Woolworths, the Sustainability Institute and its ...
01 October 2021
One hectare of an old horse paddock has been transformed into a thriving food garden where ...
05 July 2021
With an abundance of fresh veg, salad greens and herbs harvested from the Spier Food ...
30 April 2021
Spier’s viticulturist Bennie Liebenberg reflects on a slow and steady 2021 harvest, sharing ...
26 April 2021
Our food garden, first planted in 2013, was significantly expanded in 2020 under the ...
08 January 2021
In a drive to upskill and empower farmworkers, regenerative livestock farmer Angus McIntosh ...
26 September 2020
In 2019, CNN Inside Africa filmed at Spier Hotel & Wine Farm to showcase the farm as ...
Spier one of three honourees in the WWF Conservation Leaders category in the 2020 Wine & Tourism Awards
25 September 2020
Spier's energy and water saving, ecological rehabilitation and support for community ...
07 August 2020
This Women’s Month Spier is celebrating the women-led food- and tree-growing projects that ...
07 April 2020
Spier's commitment to Growing for Good, a range of initiatives that empower communities to ...
06 March 2019
Spier has partnered with the Woolworths Trust, Sustainability Institute and AgroEcology ...
08 April 2016
Consider wastewater. The name itself implies that it is of no use, it’s just waste. But in ...