Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

s one of South Africa's old­est wine farms and a well-known West­ern Cape land­mark, Spier is pas­sion­ate about the en­vi­ron­ment and sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It reg­u­larly buys from and sup­ports trusted lo­cal sup­pli­ers, and its phi­los­o­phy is to make a dif­fer­ence ev­ery day in the lives of its guests, staff, the en­vi­ron­ment, and com­mu­nity.

A sus­tain­abil­ity pi­o­neer over the past 15 years, Spier today re­cy­cles 100% of its waste­water and over 98% of its solid waste. It is a WWF Con­ser­va­tion Cham­pion and is ac­cred­ited by Fair Trade Tourism and the Wine In­dus­try Eth­i­cal Trade As­so­ci­a­tion. Its cel­lar car­ries FSSC 22000 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Fair­trade ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Three cen­turies since Spier's start in 1692, the farm is still fam­i­ly­owned. The En­thoven fam­ily bought it in 1993, lives on the farm and works with the Spier team to bring pos­i­tive change to the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity. Today Spier has a fresh, con­scious en­ergy, and is focused on art and good, eth­i­cal farm­ing. It pro­duces six ranges of award-win­ning wines and serves sea­sonal farm-to-ta­ble food at its four-star ho­tel and three restau­rants. Spier's Sus­tain­able Con­fer­enc­ing Toolkit of­fers con­fer­ence del­e­gates want­ing to do busi­ness in an in­spir­ing en­vi­ron­ment, 12 dif­fer­ent meet­ing venues with vary­ing ca­pac­i­ties and set­tings, as well as var­i­ous pic­nic spots and open-air cock­tail or din­ing spa­ces. Venues in­clude the four-star, 153-room Spier Ho­tel with board­room; 400-seater au­di­to­rium; his­toric Manor House and ad­ja­cent oak-shaded court­yard; and three river- and moun­tain-facing con­fer­ence rooms which can be com­bined to seat 150 del­e­gates in school room style.

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