Spier helps entrepreneurs — many of the former employees — to launch and successfully run their own small businesses. The range of support we offer these start-ups includes mentorship, finance, equipment and facilities. Purchasing guarantees at launch also provide the entrepreneurs with the income they need to get their businesses up and running.

The successful small businesses we’ve incubated include Klein Begin (which provides laundry services to Spier Hotel), Debinisa (a transport company), Primo Vino (which reworks and repackages Spier wines for different markets) and Mountain View Tank Services ( a bulk wine transport service). Since 2017, Spier’s staff restaurant has been independently owned and run by former staff member Noviwe “Sweetness” Lubisi, while WAS Laboratory, has been providing wine analysis for Spier’s winemaking team since 2019.

Klein Begin On-site Laundry Service

Spier built the infrastructure then called for tenders from the community to run an on-site laundry. Klein Begin employs five people from the region and launders large volumes from the Spier Hotel and restaurants.

Debinisa Transport Company

Caswill Mentoor was a driver and messenger for Spier when, in 2009, he approached Spier to partner him in his own transport company. Spier facilitated the formation of Debinisa, a black-empowered joint-venture between Caswill and one of our established transport contractors, Louw Vervoer. In addition to being used extensively by Spier, Debinisa also services several other customers.

Primo Vino Packaging and Reworks

Employing 10 people, Primo Vino reworks and repackages Spier wines to meet different customers and markets' requirements. Established in 2009 by Shaun Theunissen, a former Spier employee, Primo Vino operates from Spier's Buitepost warehouse where all our exports, warehousing and local distribution is centralised.

Mountainview Tank Services – Bulk Wine Transport Service

Owned by Reynold Visser, Mountain View Tank Services provides a bulk wine transport service, taking wine to our bottling plant supplier from either our own cellar or from the cellars of our bulk wine suppliers. With a secure service commitment from Spier, Visser secured bank finance, acquiring his own vehicle for the start-up.

Sweetness and the staff restaurant

Noviwe “Sweetness” Lubisi began her journey with Spier in 1998 as a cleaner at the Spier Bakery. She moved on to work as a kitchen hand in the hotel kitchen and was later promoted to Junior Chef De Partie and then to Chef De Partie. She started working at Eight restaurant in 2009 and later in the Banqueting kitchen. In 2017 she started her own business running the Spier staff restaurant.

WAS Laboratory

Merecia Smith, a former Spier employee, has launched WAS Laboratory, the Western Cape's first black-owned wine analysis laboratory. Spier provides WAS Laboratory with accounting and administrative services, allowing Merecia to focus on her lab work. Over the next few years, mentoring from Spier staff will help her gain the business know-how to operate independently.