Get to know the Speakers at the ‪#‎RTWeskus‬ Conference 28 September 2015. << go back

posted on 23 September 2015

Get to know the Speakers at the ‪#‎RTWeskus‬ Conference 28 September 2015.

The business and why responsible tourism is important:

I have worked in different industries and different countries in HR and Spier is most definitely where my heart is. I’ve been with the business for six years and am as excited today by what we’re doing as I was the day I joined.

Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692. While rooted in this heritage, Spier has a vibrant and conscious energy. Award-winning wine can be paired with fabulous food, grown either on the farm or by nearby farmers. The winery is one of the most awarded in the country and the Spier Hotel and meeting facilities offer inspiring winelands getaways in the tranquillity of nature. 
Spier is committed to doing the right thing for the environment and communities, and is renowned for its responsible tourism approach. The farm has been recognised by various external organisations and was one of the first hotels to receive Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT) certification in 2003 and the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) in 2004.

In 2011, Condé Nast Traveller World Saver Award recognised the estate as the top international destination ‘Doing it All’. Spier is a Champion member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), and the cellar has ISO 22000 certification, is Fair Trade accredited, organically certified and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria.

Spier’s environmental and social initiatives are many and varied, and include ways to reduce water usage. 100% of its wastewater, and over 80% of its solid waste, is recycled. Spier supports local communities through the treepreneur project, which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods. The estate also supports entrepreneurs by helping them create micro-enterprises linked to Spier.


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Lee Maranaki

Lee Maranaki - Spier Wine Farm