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Decanter’s Dream Destination: Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Every month Decanter selects a must-visit destination for wine travellers. This month Julie Sheppard recommends taking a trip to Spier Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

One of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, dating back to 1692, Spier is also home to a luxurious four-star hotel. A perfect base for exploring the winelands, the village-style resort is modelled on the colourful Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, with its cobblestone streets and brightly painted houses.

Airy rooms and suites – all featuring original artwork – are clustered around six courtyards, each with its own swimming pool, overlooking the estate’s extensive gardens and the Eerste River.

Spier Hotel Spa

Credit: Spier Wine Farm

Foodies can feast on farm-to-table dishes, made with organic seasonal produce from the estate’s biodynamic farm. Or drop into Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery for fresh sourdough or blueberry and nectarine pie, as well as smoked beef brisket and bourbon barbecue pork. Wine tastings and food pairings at the estate’s bright and spacious tasting room feature Spier’s range of award-winning bottles.

When you aren’t wining and dining, activities include alfresco movie nights, Segway tours, mountain biking, eagle encounters and falconry displays. Or simply enjoy a luxury picnic in the gardens and explore the winery’s carefully restored heritage buildings with photogenic Cape Dutch gables.

For the ultimate pick-me-up book a detox wellness day at the Spier Spa, which offers a full range of relaxing treatments.

For more information, visit spier.co.za/hotel

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