The Spier wine estate in Stellenbosch, in the Cape Winelands, received recognition in the Doing it All category of the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards, which will be accepted by Andrew Milne, Spier CEO, at a ceremony in Singapore in October.
The awards are based on guidelines developed by the Tourism Sustainability Council, which is an initiative of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the Rainforest Alliance and others, which use the global baseline criteria to develop an accreditation standard for sustainable tourism certification programs.
Awards are given in five categories: Poverty Alleviation, Health Initiatives, Education Initiatives, Environmental and Cultural Preservation and Wildlife Conservation. Initiatives that encompass all these activities are eligible to be entered into the Doing it All category.
Spier has been a longstanding leader in the implementation of responsible tourism and was one of the first to be certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. Extensive information on their sustainability initiatives and track record is available here.