Good wine starts with good, healthy soil. The lead-up to the launch of the new Good Natured range has required seven patient years since Spier was first organically certified in 2015. During this time, Spier has launched a few special ranges of organic wines – and collected some notable awards along the way. Yet the launch of the new Good Natured range marks a milestone, highlighting Spier’s commitment to working with long-term partners in the Cape to increase organic sourcing.
Each of the four wines – two whites and two reds – is made with fruit grown in organic vineyards free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilisers. Instead, nature is invited back into the vineyard to encourage a diverse ecosystem of plants, insects, and microorganisms to thrive. In the winter, oat, mustard and clover seeds are planted for cover crops to germinate and add nutrition to the soil. Bees, bugs and birds act as welcome pest control and by the time harvest rolls around, the team handpick vines and return as much back to the earth for composting or recycling.
The result of this 360-degree approach is a wine range that embodies Spier’s multifaceted regenerative philosophy—and is an example of how regenerative viticulture can create vibrant, flavorful wines.
“I believe the winemaking process should involve as little interference as possible. The less we fiddle with nature, the better the results. When nature is in a good place, so is everything. Wine included,” shares Spier’s Organic Winemaker, Tania Kleintjes.
Though Spier has integrated the farm’s Growing For Good initiatives for years, the vegan-friendly Good Natured wines come at a time when producer and consumer philosophies on farming and wine production align. As consumers become more aware of the ongoing effects of climate change, they are switching to organic wines. As they do, they seek more variety and exceptional tastes at prices that’ll go down smoothly. Guaranteed to be proper crowd pleasers, the Good Natured Range checks all these boxes. As a bonus, the wines include leading local and international ethical certifications (including WIETA and amfori BSCI).
To celebrate the arrival of the Good Natured range, the Spier Tasting Room has launched an Organic Wine Tasting. From 1 September – 31 October, visitors can enjoy four delicious, freshly-prepared vegetarian bites paired with four exceptional organic wines, including the new Good Natured Organic Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon. Contact +27 (21) 809 1984 for more info. Bookings essential.
For more information about Good Natured, visit www.spier.co.za.