In 1683 Arnoud Jansz settled near Stellenbosch and in 1692 Simon van der Stel granted him the land which became the Spier Wine Estate. Apart from its wines, the estate is particularly known for the gables on its buildings. We visited on a Saturday which was a family ‘fun day’; conference facilities, weddings, dining and functions are all possible at Spier Wine Estate.
The Manor House at Spier was built in 1822.
The Wine Cellar behind the Manor House was built by Albertus Myburgh in 1767, a family which still farms in the area, although not on Spier.
The Workshop central gable dates from 1778.
We walked down this beautiful avenue of trees and then I could hardly believe my eyes – Londoners will remember these ladies who once ‘graced’ the entrance of the Barbican.
Further along is this striking and clever sculpture of the ‘Dying Slave’.
We walked back to the ‘Family Fun’ along the Eerste River which runs through the estate.