Stellenbosch, affectionately known as the Town of Oaks or “Eikestad”, is nestled at the foothills of the Jonkershoek and Simonsberg Mountains which is the source to the Eerste (First) River that winds its way through the town. The documented history of Stellenbosch dates back to 1679 when farmland was developed to supply food to the settlers in Cape Town. Today, Stellenbosch is a bustling town in the heart of the Winelands, with a unique character where a strong historical atmosphere is combined with the advances of a modern society. Stellenbosch University, with more than 24 000 students, also provides a robust educational character to the town. Stellenbosch is a mere 25 minutes away from Cape Town International Airport and 45 minutes from the centre of Cape Town.
The town itself can be easily explored on foot, offering a variety of charming shops, galleries, curio shops and restaurants. It is situated in a valley (average elevation of 136m) at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range and is surrounded by mountains reaching more than 1,500 m. Visitors who have more time to spend will find that Stellenbosch provides a base from which to explore the Cape region. Regarding agricultural activities it is best known for grape and wine production, being part of the Cape Winelands, as the Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool winters is excellent for grape production. The Western Cape area itself is one of the most important horticultural regions in South Africa, with 52,300 ha of fruit trees under cultivation and the majority of the country’s apple, pear and stone fruit production being situated in this area. But also the Cape Peninsula with its beautiful beaches and nature reserves and vibrant Cape Town are easily accessible from Stellenbosch. This region is a biodiversity hotspot and features many protected areas with a high level of endemism for both fauna and flora.
Spier Wine Estate and Conference Venue
Spier’s conference packages are geared to supporting its ethos of finding innovative ways for business to succeed in balance with the environment and society through initiatives that aim to reduce and reuse. 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 including Fair Trade in Tourism (FTTSA) and the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA).
Accommodation in the Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the 4-star Spier Hotel. Its rooms are clustered around six courtyards, each with its own swimming pool. Gardens and walkways connect the rooms with the reception area, lounge, bar, terrace and restaurant. Renowned as a pioneer in responsible tourism, the hotel has numerous accreditations. Find out more about Spier Wine Estate.
It is recommended that delegates stay at Spier Estate out of convenience. Should delegates wish to book their own accommodation in Stellenbosch Centre or elsewhere, they can find information at www.stellenbosch.travel. Please take in consideration that the Spier Estate is located 10 km from Stellenbosch Centre and that there is no public transport between the two sites. Delegates will have to arrange their own transport if not staying at Spier Estate.