It had been over a decade since my last visit to Spier. And a lot has changed in the last 10 years. It evolves with time but remains a destination winery enticing tourists and locals alike with generous food, wine and attractions to keep everyone in the family entertained.
Recognised at home and abroad for pioneering water sustainability initiatives and a dedication to the highest ethical standards, Spier continues to remain at the forefront of industry development and has recently become the first winery in the world to receive Control Union Vegan Standard certification by the accredited certifying body, Control Union. This demonstrates their commitment to a greener, animal friendly future.
I was invited for lunch at the newly opened Spier Farm Cafe and to experience their Spring Wine Pairing; I was excited for the opportunity to revisit an old favourite now with my family in tow. Housed in a graceful gabled Cape Dutch building, the Spier Farm Café is surrounded by lush rolling lawns and ancient oak trees. The small menu is bursting with honest, authentic and unpretentious offerings relying on fresh seasonal ingredients sourced ethically and locally. We opted to share the rotisserie chicken served with crunchy roasties and a stunning salad. The beautifully seasoned chicken was succulent and cooked to perfection, the roasties were crunchy on the outside with fluffy centres. The staff were beaming and attentive, their nature as warm and cheerful as the bright yellow umbrellas we sat under. It was the perfect venue for a long leisurely lunch which was washed down with Spier’s vibrant and rather moreish MCC.
After lunch we moved across to their bustling tasting room and embarked on their Spring Wine and Canapé tasting;
- The apple notes and brioche hints of the opulently dry Spier Méthode Cap Classique is paired with a marinated cucumber ribbon stuffed with cream cheese and spring herbs and topped with sourdough crumbs and green oil.
- The crisp yet fruity Spier Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir is matched with a skewer featuring basil and mint-compressed melon, prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella cheese balls.
- The berry-rich and supple Spier Signature Pinotage is paired with roast purple baby beet, pickled blackberry, goat cheese and black pepper.
- Lastly, the suavely serious Spier 21 Gables Sauvignon Blanc’s gooseberry and fresh asparagus notes perfectly complement mature Gruberg cheese, custard and candied walnut.
The Spring Pairing costs just R120 per person and is exclusively available at the Spier Tasting Room from 1 September until 30 November 2019. Eli, my 6 year old enjoyed a grape juice and sweetie pairing at the kids table (R40).
Full and happy we wandered around the craft market and went to meet some of their rescued and rehabilitated birds of pray.
It was a wonderful day out and insight into Spier. And a great way to spend a sunny Sunday with my family.