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SSpier is committed to doing the right thing for the environment and communities, and we are renowned for our responsible tourism approach. We have been recognised by various external organisations including Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA) and the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA). In 2011, Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award recognised Spier as the top international destination ‘Doing it All’. We are a Champion member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), and our cellar has ISO 22000 certification, is Fair Trade accredited, organically certified and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.
Our environmental and social initiatives are many and varied, and include ways to reduce water usage. We recycle 100% of our wastewater and over 90% of our solid waste. We support local communities through our treepreneur project, which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods. We also support entrepreneurs by helping them create micro enterprises linked to Spier.
In addition to our healthy vineyards, Spier has extensive tracts of land that are farmed using biodynamic principles. Animals, including cattle, sheep and chickens, are raised on pastures, and contribute to the fertility of the soil. We have an extensive biodynamic vegetable garden with a broad variety of crops. The ethically produced meat and vegetables are used in our farm-to-table eating experiences Eight and Eight to Go in the preparation of wholesome, delicious dishes and picnics.