La Motte

The Rupert family’s wine farm handed down the generations to daughter Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, one of South Africa’s leading mezzo-sopranos, and her husband Hein Koegelenberg. The family also operates two other ranches in the wine country, including Johann Rupert’s L’Ormarins and the Rupert & Rothschild label co-owned with the Rothschild family of France. A visit to La Motte’s tasting center offers a glimpse of modern-farm living in South Africa with an iconic blend of Organic meets Contemporary Art.

Beautiful and rare objects are celebrated throughout the estate: The famous life-size “Wine Bearer” bronze by sculptor Toby Megaw holding an overflowing cup in her hands welcomes visitors as a symbol of La Motte’s tradition of sharing. Original paintings by acclaimed South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, after whom La Motte’s Pierneef Collection of premium wines and main restaurant are named, are on exhibit at their contemporary museum. Freshly-baked aromas whaft out from La Motte’s quaint farm shop where fresh flowers and gorgeous handmade goods harvested from the estate for the kitchen and home are available to bring home. Enjoy an evening’s concert in the historic La Motte cellar housing a vintage Steinway dating back to 1942 (the last one manufactured in Hamburg prior to the close of factory following World War II). The vineyards offer a lovely hiking trail that could finish delightfully into a decadent invite at the afternoon tea lounge.

Noteworthy wines:

Pierneef Collection
2012 Shiraz-Viognier (Flagship – John Platter Rating 5 Stars)
2013 Sauvignon Blanc (Organically-grown)

Classic Collection
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Méthode Cap Classique

La Motte Collection
2012 Millennium
2014 Sauvignon Blanc

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