Things To Do in FranschhoekLa Motte Wine Estate
Where? R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley, Cape Winelands, Western Cape
When? Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 16h30.
Saturday from 10h00 to 16h30.
Closed on Christian Public Holidays.
How? Call +27 (0)21 876-8000
How much? Price on request
The farm was first granted to German, Hans Hattingh and later bought by French Huguenot, Pierre Joubert in 1709 who named it after the Provence village he was born in, La Motte d’Aigues. The first 4000 wines were planted in 1752.
La Motte was acquired in 1970 by the late Dr Anton Rupert, a conservationist and industrialist who began reinventing and restoring the estate to become a leading wine producer.
La Motte is one of the three wine estates owned by the Rupert family and is now owned by his daughter, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, a leading South African mezzo-soprano.
When tasting wine, take a stroll and view the abundance of historical buildings on the estate which have provincial monument status such as the Manor House, the Jonkerhuis, the Historic Cellar and Water Mill. The Water Mill provides stone-ground flour for the farm’s baked products and is the only working water mill in Franschhoek. Join the historic walk on Wednesday mornings or the 5km hiking trail showcasing its vineyards, protea garden and birdlife. Bookings are required for both the historic walk and trail.
Sip some of their award-winning wines whilst admiring the art of South African, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, whom the premium Pierneef collection was named after. Don’t miss one of their monthly classical music concerts featuring artists from South Africa and abroad.