Hunting History – 1692

Spier – 1692

If you are looking for an interesting development of the traditional gable building style around The Cape, visit Spier outside Stellenbosch. The cryptic history is as follow:

1652 – Cape of Good Hope, Jan van Riebeeck

1679 – Stellenbosch founded by Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself.

1683 – Arnoud Jansz settles on the Spier Farm

1692 – Governor Simon van der Stel signs the first Spier Title Deed when granting the property to Arnoud Jansz.

1767 – Mijburg, owner at the time, builds his Wine Cellar, with the holbol gable dating to 1767

1773 – Shed or Cow House centre gable is built.

1778 – Jonkershuis Workshop centre gable is built.

1817 – Jonkershuis centre gable is built.

1822 – Manor House centre gable is added.

1825 – The restored Slave Bell on the banks of the Eerste River is built by Van der Byl when he needs a great number of slaves to harvest the grapes from the estate’s 80 000 vines.

1971 – We bottle our first wine under the Spier label.

1995 – New wine cellar built with a capacity to produce 50 000 cases of wine per year.

2008 – Spier releases its flagship wine, Frans K Smit, named after our cellar master.

2009 – Eight Restaurant opens. Like its name, the restaurant is an expression of balance, cycles, harmony, infinity and abundance.

2011 – Spier releases 21 Gables Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, named after the 21 historical gables found on our farm.

2012 – The Dying Slave, a 42,6sqm outdoor mosaic sculpture conceived by Marco Cianfanelli and created by Spier Architectural Arts, is installed at Spier.

Venture Photography spend some time wondering around. This is a mobile snapshot of some of the buildings that showcase where the 21 Gables theme originate from.  If you want to take a guided tour of the Estate to combine art, design, food and a wine experience contact Venture Photography. (credit: