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“The Wine Zoo”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Spier Wine Farm

Spier Wine Farm
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Vine Hopper: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour - Southern Route
Ranked #5 of 140 things to do in Stellenbosch
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Owner description: 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, including Producer of the Year (Mundus Vini, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011). We also performed exceptionally at the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition (five Best in Class Gold medals and two trophies), and were the top performing SA winery at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles for three consecutive years. The Spier cellar has ISO 22000 certification, is Fair Trade accredited, organically certified and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.
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Essen, Germany
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“The Wine Zoo”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Pretty touristy venture, but a good stop in terms of infrastructure as it caters to (literally) masses...And it has has in some respects the atmosphere of a wine amusement park (shows, handcrafts, huge parking spaces).

The main tasting room was just recently rebuilt, offers plenty of space and, to our taste, was nicely decorated. While wines have definitely improved from what they used to be, Spier is not (yet) known as a top of the pops winery - there are far better choices.

The tasting we did felt a little bit rushed by the wine expert pouring the wines, though it was reasonably priced.

Visited December 2011
Thank JGMW
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

My fiance stopped at Spier on our way to another winery and absolutely loved it! We first had brunch at their restaurant Eight, which had the best omelette I have ever had. We then went on to wine tastings which was fun, relaxing and very affordable. The staff at both the restaurant and the wine tasting were very friendly and helpful. The building is very clean and the views are beautiful.
After our wine tasting, we visited the cheetah outreach program. It cost a little extra to pet the cheetah, but the staff is very friendly and take many pictures of you while you pet the cheetah (must provide your own camera).
Overall, it was a great visit and I would definitely recommend!

Visited March 2012
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Cape Town
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“Major dissapointment from a local Capetonian!!!!1”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

I have been taking overseas people to Spier for 10 years. I was so dissapointed to see the changes that had taken place We used to sit down to breakfasts and lunches...and now there is a wine tasting area at the lake,
The food in the restaurant is from a limited menu, and R72 for a breakfast.
I will not be back....not even with my friends who come regularly and donate freely and generously to the Cheetah program!!!

Visited April 2012
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Best Family Destination”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

They really do go out of their way to make all their guest feel loved and that they are worth a million bucks

Visited April 2012
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Cape Town
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“Not a place for families unless you into alcohol”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

The old Spier was much more family friendly. The menu is very limited for picnics; you can't even buy a ice-cream or ice lolly on a hot day.
At midday they had run out of breads!
Avoid unless you into alcohol or prepared for a very limited menu.
Previously the cafe was self service; now the service is just terrible.

Visited April 2012
Thank miles28
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