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History

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape winelands, La Motte is home to the finest wines, recognised internationally for exceptional quality. With its picturesque setting, traditional cuisine and historic charm, La Motte is an enchanting destination for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

 

La Motte was acquired in 1970 by the late Dr. Anton Rupert, an internationally respected industrialist who established a global business empire, and was held in high regard as a committed conservationist. Dr. Rupert and his art-devoted wife Huberte also played an immense role in the preservation of art.

La Motte is owned by the Rupert’s daughter, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, one of South Africa’s leading mezzo-sopranos. She is married to Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of La Motte Wine Estate.

La Motte is one of three wine estates owned by the Rupert family. Hanneli’s brother, Johann Rupert, owns L’Ormarins, formerly owned by the younger brother, Anthonij, who tragically died in a car accident in 2001. Hanneli and Johann are in partnership with the Rothschild family of France, producing wines on the Fredericksburg farm under the Rupert & Rothschild label.

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Vineyards

The La Motte vineyards have been overseen by leading viticulturist Pietie le Roux since 1986. They are managed using advanced practices in the selection of vineyard sites, rootstock and clones, grape varieties planted, vineyard aspects and vine spacing. These practices are refined by the latest technology such as satellite monitoring and infrared scanning of the vines.

 

On La Motte, as well as La Motte’s Nabot farm in the Walker Bay region, SGS-certified organic production is practised. Additional grapes are obtained from other affiliated family-owned farms and La Motte-managed vineyards situated in various regions. This adds versatility to the grapes supplied to the La Motte cellar.

Passionate about terroir, La Motte enjoys Championship status with the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), with the objective of keeping biodiversity intact.

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Winemaking

The unique charm of La Motte’s wines comes from the character bestowed upon them by particular soil types and a moderate climate, creating growing conditions that favour the finest grapes.

La Motte’s well-equipped cellar enables wine-makers to blend tradition with modern science in shaping wines globally renowned for their consistency and excellence. Having achieved certification and accreditation from ISO 14001, HACCP and GlobalG.A.P, La Motte not only complies with the principles of environmental care in wine-making, but also confidently complies with international food safety and quality assurance standards.

Award-winning cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche believes that the first priority in wine-making is to make the most of what the grape offers naturally. Individual care is taken with the hand-selection of berries and well-considered barrel maturation.

 

La Motte is synonymous with the highest quality in wines. To carry the La Motte label, each wine has to reflect the greatest expertise in viticulture, combined with experience, passion and a creative flair for wine-making.

Grapes for the production of La Motte wines are drawn from La Motte estate as well as other farms in the Cape Winelands. Thanks to the variety in terroirs, grapes from each region make a unique contribution to the flavour components of La Motte wines. La Motte’s Nabot farm in the Walker Bay coastal region has been developed as an organic production operation.

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Inside information

La Motte boasts four provincial monuments (previously known as national) – the Manor House (c1751), Jonkershuis (c1752), Historic Cellar (c1782) and the Water Mill (erected between 1752 and 1793). All the structures have been fully restored following the purchase of La Motte by Dr. Anton Rupert in 1970. The Water Mill, used for the production of stone-ground flour, is the only working water mill of its kind in the Franschhoek Valley.

Across the road a small, humble building, known as the Veepos (cattle post), dates back to the first half of the 18th century. The La Motte cemetery, reserved for burials of Franschhoek residents since the late 18th century, is a recently restored historic site on the estate.

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 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Motte Wine Estate . In a tasting of  32 wines 

After two years without a fair, Prowein opened its doors on Mai 15, 2022. It was wonderful to see people "live and in colour", having good discussions and feel rather well. The fair has made everything, that visitors could feel at ease. Large corridors and therefore no "traffic jams" in the alleys were creating a very pleasant atmosphere. Although I am not a big fan of tasting on fairs, as the situation is often not ideal, this edition of Prowein with the more relaxed atmosphere invited to discover some novelties.

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 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  7 wines  from  La Motte Wine Estate . In a tasting of  7 wines 

In 1695, a piece of land in the Franschhoek Valley was granted to German immigrant, Hans Hendrik Hattingh. In 1709 the land was purchased by La Motte’s first French Huguenot owner Pierre Joubert. The name La Motte has its origin from a little village in Provence – La Motte d’Aigues. Viticulture on La Motte was established in 1752 with the planting of 4,000 vines by Huguenot descendant Gabriël du Toit. In 1970 the farm was bought by Dr. Anton Rupert and a major development, restoration and conservation programme followed, which reinvented La Motte into a leading global wine producer and sought-after tourist destination. Vineyards have been progressively replanted with noble varieties, the latest viticultural practices have been introduced and a modern cellar has been built. Today, La Motte Wine Estate is operated under the guidance of owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the estate. Passionate about terroir, La Motte enjoys WWF Conservation Championship status, with the objective of keeping biodiversity intact.


 

3y 9m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Motte Wine Estate . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)


Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

5y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  7 wines  from  La Motte Wine Estate . In a tasting of  7 wines 

La Motte-tasting / La Motte Sauvingnon Blanc Cape South Coast "Pierneef" 2016: Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant and expressive nose with aromatic fruit, maracuja, mango, grapefruit, physalis, ripe apricots, kiwi and hints of hints of asparagus and lemongrass in the background. On the palate juicy with crisp acidity, excellent balance, succulent fruit, aromatic length and lingering citrus fruit in the finish. 93 points

5y 4m ago

 Li Yong Liú, Wine Merchant (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Motte Wine Estate . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“Kanonkop Pinotage 1995 / Deep, ruby colour. Lovely open nose showing the transition phase of the wine from the first life to the second one. Still lovely fresh and delicious floral red berry nose with Asian spices and seductive oak aromas. On the other hand the earthy aromas with truffles are giving an indication of the development. Medium-bodied, intense and concentrated palate with satin-like texture. Crisp acidity, velvety tannins and refined fruit flavours are combined with elegant spiciness and oak flavours. A lingering long mineral finish. 92 points ”

6y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  La Motte Wine Estate . In a tasting of  2 wines 

“La Motte is one of the oldest estates in South Africa's Franschhoek Valley. Acquired in 1970 by the late Dr. Anton Rupert, the estate is owned the Rupert’s daughter, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, one of South Africa’s leading mezzo-sopranos. She is married to Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of La Motte Wine Estate. La Motto became one of the top addresses for wine tourism. Beside great wines they have a wonderful restaurant, offer guided tours with tastings and masterclasses for food and wine matching.”

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