In 1692, this was one of the very first farms to be established in Stellenbosch. It's home to a restored Manor House, an intriguing collection of Cape Dutch gables (more than any other farm in the country) and South Africa's oldest dated wine cellar.

7000 years ago

7000 years ago

The area is the hunting grounds for the hunter-gatherer San people

500AD - 1690

500AD - 1690

The Cochoqua people of the pastoral khoikhoi nations graze their livestock in the region, and build their homesteads (kraals) along the rivers.

1652

1652

Cape of Good Hope founded by Jan van Riebeeck.

1658

1658

The first slaves arrive in the Cape

1659

1659

Governor Jan Van Riebeeck makes the first Cape Wine in Wynberg

1679

1679

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

1682

1682

The nearby town of Stellenbosch is known for the planting of oaks on the recommendation of Simon van der Stel. Many old oaks on Spier date to this early colonial period, including the great oak in the centre of our werf buildings. Other historical indigenous species still found on Spier are the Cape Willow, Wild Peach, Breede River Yellowwood and many varieties of reed and sedge.

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.

1754

1754

Over 30 000 vines are grown on Spier, one of the best producers of quality wine in the region.

1767

1767

Albertus Myburgh, 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 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

1834

1834

Slavery is abolished but slaves must serve a four–year apprenticeship period before they are freed.

1965

1965

Neil Joubert acquires Spier

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

Our new wine cellar is built with a capacity to produce 50 000 cases of wine per year.

2000

2000

The Spier Hotel opens.

2008

2008

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

2008

2008

The Spier Manor House undergoes extensive restoration.

2010

2010

The Spier Hotel celebrates its 10th Birthday.

2012

2012

Spier launches the 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.

2014

2014

Spier wins the BASA Chairman’s Premier award in recognition of its "sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts" in South Africa.

2016

2016

Spier wins the Gold the African Responsible Tourism Awards in the category Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment.

2016

2016

Spier wins the Getaway Award for Leadership in Water Conservation.

2017

2017

The Spier Mosaic Kraal, South Africa’s first permanent outdoor exhibition of mosaic, opens at Spier.

2017

2017

Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 wins the inaugural Veritas Vertex Award.

2018

2018

Spier launches Growing for Good, investing in initiatives that empower our communities to make a positive social and environmental change.

2018

2018

Spier wins the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2018 South African Producer of the Year.

2018

2018

Spier wins the Amorim Biodiversity Award at the Drinks Business Green Awards Ceremony.

2019

2019

Spier is the first winery in the world to receive Control Union Vegan Standard certification by the accredited certifying body Control Union.