Blend the best at Spier’s new Riverhouse

Ever wanted to discover a hidden talent? Or challenge your workmates with a little competitive fun? Maybe your book club or golfing crew fancy ditching the books and clubs and head straight to the wine instead? Now’s your chance to try out an utterly unique group experience! Visit the Riverhouse at Spier Wine Farm – where budding winemakers and lovers of art embark on a collective journey into creativity.

Led by one of Spier’s award-winning winemakers, guests are invited to create an original tasting blend, and even test their design skills by making their own wine label. The best blend of the evening will be rewarded, with the winners taking home bragging rights.

The recently opened Riverhouse is decked out with 418 Creative Block artworks from emerging and established artists. Creative Block, a project by Spier Arts Trust, invites artists  to create artworks on a small blank canvas, which are submitted for critique, with the best being purchased for resale to corporate patrons and the general public. The project offers artists a vital revenue stream, and the opportunity to expand their creativity and artistic territory, while gaining considerable exposure by connecting with art collectors around the world.

Collectors choose a number of blocks and hang them together, building an impactful, collective artwork that has the potential to be greater than the sum of its parts. Because of the synergy between this process and the art of blending wine, Spier named its blended wine range after the project – the award-winning Creative Block 2, 3 and 5 wines.

For winemakers, wine blending combines the best qualities of individual wines to create something completely new – just like Spier’s Creative Block blends. For guests to the Riverhouse, which has already hosted three sold-out events, wine blending is an opportunity to flex those impressive winemaker muscles.

Spier Cellar Master Johan Jordaan says: “Crafting a memorable blend is as much about being creative as it is about being meticulous. The process is so exciting for us winemakers because it is exploratory, bold and unpredictable. But the results are always worth it.”

Groups of 8 to 30 people can gather together to enjoy each other’s company, creative art, delicious platters and great wine. Taste, blend – get creative. Both the featured wines and Creative blocks on display can be purchased at the venue.

The Riverhouse is open on a booking-only basis. Contact Spier Wine Tasting on (021) 809 1143/7 or find out more at

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