Date: 19 March 2011
Location: Spier Wine Estate near Stellenbosch
At Spier for the weekend for a work conference, I found myself with a little free time late one afternoon (my colleagues were doing wine tasting or watching rugby, neither of which interest me). I opted instead for a stroll around the estate, more of less following their Heritage Walk.
Setting off from the manicured gardens of the hotel complex I followed the path to the river and crossed the bridge to the far side.
From here there was a lovely view of the Stellenbosch mountains.
I meandered through the newly planted protea garden.
There was not an awful lot to see here now but in a couple of years, and in the right season, this garden will be gorgeous.
I took another bridge back across the river. So pretty and peaceful.
Then onto the lake, which was still bathed in sunshine.
Next I strolled past some Spier's other sights and attractions: the historic homestead, the wine cellar, the slave bell, assorted different restaurants, the conservation outreach section, the craft market...
And lastly back to the hotel village. Spier is certainly a pleasant place to while away an hour or two!