The first time I showed up at Spier, entirely by accident and at the recommendation of a taxi driver, I’d been hauling my small children around the winelands in increasing degrees of desperation. We had overseas guests with us as well, and while all the wine farms are beautiful, they’re not all set up for families.
Among Spier’s many virtues is that it works at many levels for different interests, meaning we could relax with the grown-ups while the kids played freely in the gardens. The in-house farm-to-table restaurant Eight offers an incredible sit-down dining experience, as well as gourmet picnic baskets (which should be booked well in advance). The seasonal menu is created with produce from Spier’s organic vegetable garden, and its beef from the farm’s pastures.
It’s easy to get lost for days, staying at their four-star hotel (which also has a kids club), luxuriating in the spa, shopping in their well-curated craft market and browsing the impressive collection of contemporary South African art. There’s also a rehabilitation center for injured eagles where guests can interact with the birds.