La Motte – 1 of the finest wine estates in Franschhoek

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The La Motte wine estate in Franschhoek.

La Motte is 1 of the finest wine estates in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Situated in the Franschhoek Valley, close to the town of Franschhoek (map), against the imposing backdrop of the Wemmershoek mountains, the La Motte wine estate can trace its roots back to the 17th century. These days, La Motte is popular about the planet as a producer of fine wines. I initially visited the estate throughout my initially trip to South Africa in the early-2000’s. I vividly don’t forget the historic Cape Dutch homes, the mountain scenery and the wine-tasting, in certain their sublime La Motte Millennium red and their crisp Sauvignon Blanc. I even brought a handful of bottles back household with me. Just about every sip of the Millennium brought back fabulous memories of that initially trip!

Revisiting La Motte

On my current trip to South Africa, I was invited to devote the afternoon of my final day at La Motte, which was amazing due to the fact my flight was in the evening. I figured that if I spent the afternoon drinking wine, I would have a very good night’s sleep on the 12-hour flight back. Correct? &#x1f609 Moreover, it was an chance for me to revisit this spectacular wine estate. It turned out to be a enjoyable afternoon with beautiful wines, exquisite meals and a smattering of history and art.


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The historic Cape Dutch buildings at the La Motte estate.

As I arrived at La Motte, arguably 1 of the most wonderful vineyards in Franschhoek, I rapidly noticed how various the estate looked compared to my initially check out almost twenty years ago. There was a new entrance and a lengthy driveway previous immaculate lawns, rows of vines and rose bushes. When I spotted the familiar Cape Dutch buildings, I started to recognize the new layout of the estate and the visitor places. In spite of the adjustments, the estate maintained its charming but sophisticated really feel, which was my initially impression of the estate all these years back.


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A bridge leads guests to the new wine-tasting space.

A classy wine-tasting at La Motte

I was warmly greeted at the reception and led to the private tasting rooms. Along the way, I noticed new annex buildings and gardens. The private tasting rooms are sophisticated and give guests a good sense of history of the vineyard.


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Barrels of wine in the La Motte cellar.


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Private wine-tasting space at La Motte.

Throughout the wine-tasting, I attempted different wines from every of the vineyard’s collections: La Motte Collection, Classic Collection and the premium variety, Pierneef Collection. The wines had been excellent my favourites getting the Millennium (a tantalising blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdut), La Motte Syrah and the intriguing La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier, a mix of red and white wines.


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The wine-tasting starts!


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The Pierneef Syrah-Viognier wine with the wonderful Pierneef label.

I particularly loved the labels of the Pierneef Collection that function drawings of South African landscapes and architecture by the South African artist, Jacob Henrik Pierneef (who lived in between 1886-1957).


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An additional version of a Pierneef label.

My absolute favourite came at the extremely finish: the extremely exclusive and merely exquisite Hanneli R from the La Motte Private Cellar. This wine reminded me of an unforgettable meditation wine I after had in Italy. As I lifted the glass to my nose, I smelled wealthy blueberry and mulberry fruit combined with subtle hints of rose perfume as nicely as cinnamon and black pepper. It was silky smooth on the palate with wealthy fruit and heady tones. Just about every sip was a joy!


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The exclusive Hanneli R by la Motte.

Lunch at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant

Following the tasting, I was invited for lunch at the wonderful Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant. This fine-dining restaurant is vibrant and cosy, with plush furnishings and walls adorned with Pierneef art. The ‘chandeliers’ had been beautiful collages of porcelain plates, cups and saucers. The renowned Chef Eric Bullpit focuses on sustainable and seasonal components from the surrounding area and creates a modern take on South African heritage cuisine.


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The wonderful interior of the Pierneef a La Motte restaurant.


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The bar and kitchen.


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The cool porcelain ‘chandelier’.

The sight alone of him gradually pouring the wine into the decanter was mouth-watering!

The sommelier introduced himself asked me about my wine preference. I requested the Hanneli R (of course!). He smiled and mentioned, “I’ll see what I can do”. I was more than the moon with joy (and gratitude) when he returned with a bottle of this remarkable wine and a spectacular decanter! The sight alone of him gradually pouring the wine into the decanter was mouth-watering!


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Decanting the exquisite Hanneli R.

I turned my gaze to the menu and noticed exclusively South African and Cape Malay dishes. I ordered the Cape curried seafood with mussels, calamari and octopus as a starter. For the principal course, I chose the Karoo springbok loin. The presentation of the dishes was excellent. A lot more importantly of course, they tasted wonderful! The curried seafood was particularly fragrant and scrumptious, with nicely-balanced spices completely complementing the fresh seafood.


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The scrumptious Cape curried seafood.


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The tender springbok loin.


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And there was dessert of course!

Other points to do at La Motte

In addition to wine-tasting and dining at the Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, guests can check out the La Motte Museum, which showcases the history of the estate and has wonderful operates of art, or go on a hike about the estate. Throughout the two-three hour hike by means of the surrounding mountains, guests can delight in panoramic views of Franschhoek Valley and learn wonderful flora and fauna.


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The La Motte Museum

As you can most likely inform by now, I had a terrific afternoon at the La Motte estate! Exquisite wines and fine meals amidst spectacular surroundings… what’s not to adore about La Motte! If you are in the Stellenbosch-Franschhoek winelands (much less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town), do make it a point to check out La Motte. If you are staying in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek is about a 30-minute drive away. Ubers are abundant so please do not drink and drive.

Study about points to do in Stellenbosch and wine estates to check out in Stellnbosch.

Note: a massive thank you to La Motte for hosting me at your estate. As normally, all views expressed above are mine, and mine only.

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