Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, with a recorded history dating back to 1692. Spier’s winery has won multiple awards in recent years: in 2015 alone, four of its wines were awarded five stars by Platter’s, South Africa’s leading wine guide, and it received two Double Gold medals at the Veritas Awards.
Cellar Master Frans Smit is the man behind the wines’ success. He has been making wine at Spier since 1995 after graduating at the top of his class. Smit believes that the quality of the wine starts in the vineyard. He studied viticulture as well as winemaking, and also employs a full-time viticulturist as part of the winemaking team at Spier. Together they ensure that the vineyards are meticulously managed to produce quality fruit that is picked at optimum ripeness for Spier’s wines. His mantra is “to get the most out of each grape with as little interference as possible”.
As a result of his achievements in recent years, Smit was invited to join the esteemed Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) in 2010 – an association of the top winemakers in the country.
Spier’s wines are created within three primary ranges: Spier Signature, our classic everyday drinking range; Spier Creative Block, our range of blends that takes its name from a Spier arts initiative; and 21 Gables, our top-tier range. Featuring four varietals - Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage as well as Cabernet Sauvignon -the 21 Gables range celebrates the history of winemaking in South Africa, as well as the farm’s unique architectural feature: an unrivalled 21 Cape Dutch historic gables. Spier’s flagship wine, Frans K. Smit, was named after our Cellar Master.
Spier wine farm is one of 29 WWF Conservation Champions and is organic- and WIETA- certified. The Spier winery is FSSC 22000, Fair Trade-, WIETA-, and organically-certified. Both the cellar and the farm follow the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria