As the first blush of Spring unfurls in the Winelands, it brings a fresh change in flavours at Spier. Named one of the 100 World’s Best Vineyards in 2021 and Editor’s Choice – Winery of the Year 2022, Spier is a must-see destination in Stellenbosch. With its expert tableside wine service, the thriving working farm consistently raises the bar in Wineland’s hospitality through its evolving offerings.
Spier Wine Tasting introduces three new delectable platters to enjoy with your wines. Choose from the generous Cheese and Meat Platter, featuring delights like Farmer Angus charcuterie and Dalewood Camembert, a dedicated Cheese platter, boasting an array of locally produced cheeses, or the nourishing and vegan-friendly Garden Bowl that brings fresh seasonal veggies to your table. Designed for two, these platters can be savoured inside among the art-adorned walls or outside on the deck with a backdrop of the serene dam and the grand Helderberg mountains.
On The Menu
With a focus on regenerative farming and local sourcing, most of the produce used in the platters is harvested directly from Spier’s very own Food Garden and Farmer Angus’s meats. Renowned Farmer Angus McIntosh champions the humane treatment of animals and is one of only two grass-fed, pasture-reared beef producers in the Western Cape. Meanwhile, all the cheese and Cream Of the Crop butter is made from grass-fed, free-ranging Jersey cows’s milk and sourced from local dairies.
In collaboration with other local producers, here’s what’s on the menu:
Cheese and Meat Platter:
Get ready for a veritable smorgasbord with the Cheese and Meat platter that combines the rich flavours of Farmer Angus charcuterie with the cheesy offerings of Dalewood Camembert and Klein River Havarti. The platter is complemented with lentil hummus, marinated olives, and freshly baked Vadas bread, such as baguette and rosemary focaccia, perfect for mopping up some creamy Jersey Butter. The compressed fruit Mimbrello adds a sweet note, all served with crispy Lavash crackers to add some crunch.
Cheese lovers, this one’s for you. The Cheese Platter is loaded with various Dalewood cheeses – including soft Lanqeudoc, semi-hard Simond, and delicately textured Hugenote. But that’s just the beginning. Find your bliss in the rich textures of Cremalat Gorgonzola and Foxenburg Goat’s Cheese, along with a touch of Klein River Havarti Gouda. Served with lentil hummus, Jersey butter, compressed fruit Mimbrello, and a selection of fresh Vadas bread and Lavash crackers, it’s a feast sure to satisfy your cheesiest cravings.
Garden Bowl Platter (Vegan-Friendly):
If you’re in the mood for something light and fresh, try our Vegan Garden Bowl. It’s a crisp assortment of seasonal vegetables from the Spier Food Garden. This colourful bowl celebrates the earth’s produce with a delightful blend of textures and flavours, served alongside lentil hummus and an assortment of freshly baked bread, including Vadas baguette and rosemary focaccia. Crisp Lavash crackers add the perfect crunch to this wholesome meal.
Spier extends an open invitation to all visitors to rediscover the joy of simple yet refined pleasures in the unmatched hospitality of the Winelands.
The Garden Bowl is available at R160 and the platters from R250. For more information, please contact +27 (021) 809 1147 or visit here.
Established in 1692, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest and most celebrated family-owned working wine farms. Across all its areas of involvement, from land to community and art to entrepreneurship, the business employs a long-term, intentional, regenerative model. This connected, collaborative and systemic approach is part of Spier’s DNA.
The Spier label has become a symbol for top terroir-driven wines, and the winery produces multiple ranges of award-winning wines. Spier has been named South African Producer of the Year by the International Wine & Spirit Competition twice.
Spier’s excellence in winemaking is matched by its love of growing and making good food. Most of what you’ll eat or buy on the farm – at the Farm Café, in the Hotel Restaurant and at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery – is homegrown or sourced nearby.
Art, like food and wine, is best shared, which is why Spier is such an enthusiastic supporter of African artists and their creations. The Spier Art Collection, housed throughout the farm and at the Spier Hotel – itself a haven of tranquillity and relaxation – is one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art in the country.
Pioneering environmental and social initiatives have added to Spier’s reputation for doing things differently. Spier’s Growing for Good initiatives aim to make a long-lasting positive impact and empower communities to make positive social and environmental change.
Spier is a WWF Conservation Champion and a member of the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Associations (WIETA). Spier is FSSC 22000 and organically certified and vegan-friendly. The Hotel is Fair Trade Tourism accredited. The business aims to reach a net zero-aligned carbon footprint by 2030.