Located in the heart of the Cape wineland region is the Spier Wine Estate. The estate is renowned for its fine modern wines as well as its conservation efforts. The estate, which covers 1,000 hectares, is dedicated to protecting and preserving South Africa’s fauna. Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler in 2007 as one of the world’s top responsible tourist destinations, Spier is committed to eco-tourism and sustainable development. In 2007, they launched two major initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to planting more than 1,000 trees on the estate, they introduced an innovative waste water treatment plant. Spier’s macro goals include carbon neutrality, zero waste solids, zero wastewater, water sustainability, biodiversity enhancement, organic farming and poverty eradication. For additional information about the company’s sustainability efforts, please reference www.spier.co.za/sustainability. In addition to their pioneering sustainable efforts, the estate is committed to educating its workers through development programs and visitors through the Bird of Prey Centre and the Cheetah Outreach Project. This half-day tour focuses on Africa’s valuable resource—its wildlife.