Historical Buildings
La Motte boasts four provincial status (previously known as national) monuments - the Manor House (built in 1751), Jonkershuis (thought to have been built in 1752), Historic Cellar (built around 1782) and the Water Mill (erected between 1752 and 1793).

The Villiera Cellar
Winemakers Alexander Grier and Nathan Valentine (overseen by Cellar Master Jeff Grier) craft a range of wines characterized by a strong reflection of Villiera's unique terroir and the retention of the distinct aromas and flavours of the different varietals. The Griers have been pioneers in the Cap Classique category and their innovative approach has been evident in other categories as well as in their business. The cellar is IPW certified and HACCP accredited and all Villiera wines are vegan friendly.

Our Story
In 1984 Neil Ellis sourced grapes from vineyards not of his own and produced wine in rented cellar space. These grapes were sourced in the Stellenbosch district and meant a lot of nosing around the restrictive quota system prevalent at the time.

Ethereal Oils
The success achieved with experiments undertaken in the cultivation of an aromatic herb called buchu in 2002, on the La Motte Nabot farm in the Walker Bay coastal region, led to the allocation of approximately 15 hectares on the La Motte estate to the organic cultivation of oil-producing plants.

About Plaisir de Merle
The history of Plaisir de Merle is a story of exceptional people who helped create a proud viticultural heritage that lives on today.

The Rupert Family
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.

Bertho van der Westhuizen is only the fifth winemaker in the estate’s 100-year history and took the reins from his father Schalk in 2015. A tall, humble man with a jovial demeanour, Bertho is keenly aware of the history that precedes him.

Meet Our Winemaker
Newly appointed Business Manager and Winemaker, Marinda Kruger-Claassen, is no stranger to the wine industry with extensive winemaking experience locally and abroad Marinda surely is a force to be reckoned with on the South African wine scene.

History of Marianne
When the owners first visited the Estate in 2002 they fell under their spell...

Our Story
In the heart of the Elgin Valley, nestled between vineyard rows, orchards of apples and pears with an amphitheatre of the Kogelberg and Hottentots Holland mountain ranges, lies the brand home of Elgin Vintners on the Elgin Orchards farm which dates back to 1890.