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South Africa Tourism Awards

Type: Accommodation – Hotel
Category: Eco & Sustainable

Motivation for award: Spier Wine Farm prides itself on ethical farming practices and safeguarding the health of the land and the people who work it. Our Growing for Good initiatives empowers local communities to unleash positive social and environmental change, while Spier Hotel leads the market as a pioneer in responsible tourism. Spier Hotel was one of the first hotels in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism SA accreditation in 2004. In 2011, Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award recognised the estate as the top international destination ‘Doing it All’. Spier was voted 18 in the top 25 hotels in Africa in the Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards. The hotel was awarded gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 in the category of Best for Accommodation for Responsible Employment, and gold again in the Responsible Business category at the 2020 Inspirational Africa Responsible Tourism Awards. Spier Growing for Good initiatives – which include supporting local artists and entrepreneurs, and practising regenerative farming and ecological restoration – have a lasting and meaningful impact: * Tree-preneurs – growing trees in exchange for life-changing support: Spier provides land, facilities and a manager to drive Tree-preneurs in the Cape. This project teaches members of impoverished communities how to care for indigenous plants. Once the seedlings they’ve been given to nurture are big enough, they’re exchanged for food vouchers, clothing, bicycles, educational support and other essentials. * Eagle Encounters – conserving wildlife through education: Spier supports Eagle Encounters by donating land, electricity, and water for its facilities. Visitors to this raptor rehabilitation, conservation and education project based at Spier can interact with birds of prey and learn about how these magnificent animals keep ecosystems healthy and balanced. * Love the Land – empowering staff to make a positive difference: Every employee is an ambassador for Spier and its values, so all new members of our team participate in a five-day training course that explores environmental and social challenges. The course helps our employees see their role within a global society, encouraging them to be“agents of change”. * Waste – teaching the value of waste: 100% of our organic waste is transformed into nutrient-rich fertiliser and more than 98% of our solid waste is recycled. To reach our goal of recycling 100% of our waste, Spier’s ‘It’s Sorted’ training programme teaches staff about the value of recycling and how to reduce waste to landfill. * Energy: As part of Spier’s commitment to a self-sufficient and sustainable future, we’re constantly looking at ways to reduce our environmental footprint. * The Spier Nursery – nurturing biodiversity: we propagate and grow indigenous trees and plants specific to the region and reintroduce them to the farm. * Growing Food – a new generation of growers takes root: Megan McCarthy uses our food gardens to teach members of disadvantaged local communities how to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables using eco-friendly and regenerative techniques. * Pack for a Purpose – helping old and young: Visitors to Spier are invited to bring books, stationery and other educational supplies in their luggage to donate to a local community school and library. * Harambee – training for unemployed youth: Spier recruits entry-level staff through Harambee, an initiative that sources, trains and places unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into their first jobs. We are working closely with Harambee to help grow the initiative in the Cape. * Pinotage Youth Development Academy – practical experience for new entrants to the wine industry: Spier is a participating employer in the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which educates and employs disadvantaged youth in the wine industry. Spier provides practical work experience in various aspects of the business, from agriculture to hospitality. On average, we mentor four students per module for the duration of the programme.

Region: Western Cape / Cape Winelands

Spier Hotel

Escape to the Winelands

Spier Hotel, situated on the historic Stellenbosch wine farm, is the ideal family-friendly location from which to explore the Cape Winelands. Spier, which has been ranked within the top 100 vineyards in the world, houses one of South Africa’s largest contemporary art collections, and offers a variety of restaurants and award-winning wines. The village-style hotel – reminiscent of a quaint village – caters to guests’ every need, from rest and relaxation to adventures for kids and adults. The rooms are clustered around six courtyards, each with its own swimming pool.

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Marguerite Bergman – 13.03.2022
Spier Hotel

Lylian Saunders – 10.03.2022
I always want to go there

Marelize Dau – 08.03.2022
Stunning setting, doing so much to be eco friendly

Heidi Newton-King – 02.03.2022
A team with passionate advocates for how business can be an Agent of Change. I feel so privileged to work with this amazing team who together help us realise our shared purpose.

Shane Kay – 01.03.2022
Most beautiful farm one could ever visit

Sabrina Bunn – 28.02.2022
I’ve seen first hand the impact these environmental & community initiatives have had. It’s a wonderful place to experience nature & the winelands.

Siphokazi Booi – 28.02.2022
I love that they are working with the community to improve their way of life and discover opportunities to flourish.

Joylene Cornelius – 28.02.2022
Once feels a sense of pride as soon as you set foot on the farm – A true leader in the space of being a custodian of the land – I just love the way Spier makes a positive change in the environment, our people and the communities within which we operate!

Andrea Bredell – 25.02.2022
The way in which Spier protects and invests in the environment and invests in the community is truly inspiring.

Neville Philander – 25.02.2022
Was there beautiful

Shaun Craill – 25.02.2022
Amazing place for family friendly fun

Gerda Smit – 25.02.2022
A home away from home and so relaxing.

Edwina Philander – 25.02.2022
Was there for a fotoshoot…the place is amazing beautiful

Romy George – 25.02.2022
A place where one will truly experience commitment to the environment and cared for staff

Wilton Sikhosana – 25.02.2022
Spier is the custodian of the land, protect and take good care of environmental issue and people workingthe land

michael pownall – 25.02.2022
Awesome initiatives by Spier, deserves recognition

Barry Ross – 25.02.2022
Fantastic property with heaps to do. Love their commitment to the environment and to the local people development. Great example of how to operate a good business and still sensibly using natural resources.

Alten Nortje – 25.02.2022
You have my vote

Orlando Filander – 25.02.2022
Real custodians of the Land.

Lodiaan Fouche – 25.02.2022
Spier has always shown their comitment towards environmental and social projects.

Pierre Nortje – 25.02.2022
What an amazing list of environmental and social projects.

Evelyn Jell – 25.02.2022
The commitment to sustainability and environmental integrity shows through in every facet of Spier

Janine Joseph – 25.02.2022
Spier, great farm, friendly staff and all around amazing experience

Jesna Pietersen – 25.02.2022
Best Hotel in South Africa , fresh morning air , beautiful farm views and most of all a Sustainable and Eco Friendly environment . I am truly privilege to be an employee for Spier

Allan Petersen – 25.02.2022
Hence the reason I am so passionate about Spier, Sustainability is a culture on the farm and not a duty. Just love it !

Kathryn Cilliers – 25.02.2022
this has been a focus for this hotel since before most of us really understood what it meant!

Bradford Keen – 24.02.2022
Big fan of Spier.

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