I miss hot summer days. I really do. In my daydreams, I’m sitting at the beach or a meadow somewhere, enjoying a picnic and soaking up the sun. Of course, that won’t happen right now. The weather’s a little on the chilly side and the world is in a less than happy state, even with lockdown restrictions easing. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in picnic delights in the comfort of your own home (or garden) — which is exactly what I did, courtesy of the Spier online shop.
The Spier online shop has everything you’d need, including fresh produce and ready-made meals from the Spier Farm Cafe. Of course, the latest government regulations have allowed restaurants and cafes to open up again for sit-down guests. The Spier Farm Cafe is now open daily from 09:00 – 16:30, and you can also swing by to collect your online food orders. The Spier Wine Shop is also open for sales Monday – Thursday, 09:00 – 17:00. Delivery, though, is still an option — and the I Love Foodies preferred method of indulging in treats.
Did you know? Spier is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa, with recorded history dating back to 1692!!! It’s now home to a restored Manor House, has more Cape Dutch gables than any other farm in the country, and features South Africa’s oldest dated wine cellar. The estate itself is full of history, and we’d highly recommend exploring the farm in more detail as soon as it is safe to do so. You can also read through some of Spier’s fascinating history in their Heritage Section on the Spier website.
Spier Online Shop
Neatly divided into sections – Bakery, Ready Meals, Farm Produce, and Pantry, the Spier online shop is pretty easy to navigate. You can select each section you want to browse through and pick and choose the products you desire. You can also browse through some of the best-sellers and the online wine shop.
I tried a bit of everything, and my selection included:
- Frozen Sourdough Bread (R45)
- Pasteis De Nata (R25)
- Frozen Butternut Soup (R60)
- Farmer Angus Eggs (from R60)
- Farmer Angus Biltong (R55)
- Farm Cafe Tagliatelle (R80)
- Farm Cafe Lemon Curd (R85)
- Farm Cafe Curried Carrots (R80)
The farm-fresh quality definitely comes through in everything that the Spier online shop has to offer. Of course, farm produce is always a winner and the products by Farmer Angus are divine – I gobbled the biltong up pretty quickly and the eggs made for a divine breakfast. The baked goods, pantry items, and ready-made meals also have that home-cooked quality that makes everything just taste a little better.
A few notes you may find helpful:
- The bread is not pre-sliced, so I’d recommend slicing it on delivery and then re-freezing it to take out as needed. Of course, if you’re a full household, you can also easily let it defrost and use immediately. Best served toasted.
- I enjoyed the bread with the Butternut Soup, which is delightfully rich and creamy. It does contain honey, making it slightly sweeter than I would have liked it to be but it was still absolutely delicious.
- The tagliatelle is beautifully homemade & you can really taste the freshness – but it does require a little more salt than store-bought pasta would.
Of course, getting all your food items together is one thing, but no order from Spier can be complete without adding in some wine. I’ve been enjoying the Spier Chenin Blanc (Signature Collection, R65), which is absolutely delightful – smooth and easy drinking. Of course, you may prefer a red to warm you on these cold winter days but if it’s the picnic feel you’re after, like I am, then a white is perfect.
Spier offers free delivery for orders over R500. Delivery fees for orders under R500 are
- R50 if you’re in the Stellenbosch, Helderberg, and Brackenfell areas, and
- R100 if you’re situated further out (including Cape Peninsula, West Coast out to Melkbos, Southern Suburbs, Northern Suburbs, Cape Town CBD, Atlantic Seaboard, False Bay, Franschhoek, and Paarl.
Due to government regulations, wine can only be delivered Monday – Thursday.
Check out some of the amazing goodies that the Spier online shop offers. Our top recommendation would be checking out the farm-fresh produce.
Article Date: July 2020
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