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Review of Spier Wine Farm

Spier Wine Farm
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 20, 2009

Main reason for visiting was my son wanted to stroke a cheetah. It's a bit of a rip off. For close to 200 ZR you get to walk up to a cheetah for a minute or two.. (The Cheetah Sanctuary up by Kirkwood is far far superior) Drinks also a bit expensive by SA standards and the deli closes at 5pm, so if you end up with hungry kids after that it's a full meal at the restaurant (opens 6) or nothing.
We did stay for the buffet dinner, not bad food, not bad price and they have all sorts of 'entertainment' inc tribal dancing etc. Beware however, on the night we were there they decided they didn't take cards, which caused us a bit of a problem. ( Apparently they usually do take them)
As tourist attractions go its not bad, the restuarant is very atmospheric, with tree houses and canopied areas, but personally I prefer a more authentic experience.

Thank guysmum
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

We spent 2 nights at the hotel and were impressed with the lodgings. Very well kept and maintained. The daily breakfast was great with an excellent selection, catering to all different tastes.
We did explore the grounds and saw the cheetahs and the eagles. We also ate at the deli for lunch - huge portion sizes!

The dinner menu at Spier is okay and we dined there one night. The second night we had dinner at Pomegranite restuarant down the road on the Vergenoed wine estate. This was an excellent restaurant.

Overall I would recommend the Spier and would come back to this hotel.

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Reviewed January 29, 2008

We stayed here in Jan 2008 as part of our honeymoon. The accommodation is nice although perhaps a little too rustic - well our suite was anyhow!

Overall we had a wonderful time at Spier - the wine tasting is superb and the grounds are beautiful. We pre booked Moyo for dinner which was lovely....because we were guests we got our own little special tent which was lovely. Service wasn't great though and unfortunately that followed throughout our entire stay at Spier....it's a modern resort but they need an international general manager to bring a bit of efficiency to the staff. I understand they employ all locals and are a wonderful source of employment in the area however any time we asked for a bill in the restaurants or even for a table we were greeted with looks of utter surprise and shock....and then the member of staff would disappear for half an hour. Seemed a bit strange! But if you can overlook the lack of service it is a wonderful play to stay. The cheetahs are well worth a pet too.

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Reviewed April 23, 2007

We spent two nights here over Easter 2007.

The accomodation, setting and grounds were very impressive and the African buffet was worth doing.

Would recommend it and would go back although a couple of days/ weekend is all you need here.

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Reviewed December 18, 2006

We stayed at Spier for 4 days and we would def go back. The hotel is lovely, rooms spacious and clean. The food was v good in the deli near the pond. Agree with others that Mojo is expensive and if you like buffets then fill your boots. Not our cup of tea and not good value for money in comparison to other restaurants in South Africa. If you want a good restaurant go to Willowbrook Lodge near Somerset West. Without a doubt, one of the best we've ever eaten in.

Thank misskb
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