Experience

La Motte's completely redesigned and refurbished tasting facility, featuring a large fireplace for cosy winter tastings, has been highly commended for the inviting and friendly ambiance.

Tasting Room
Here, a wide variety of La Motte’s award-winning wines can be sampled and purchased in a stylish and relaxing atmosphere. Seated at hand-made tasting tables, a welcoming tasting counter or on comfortable sofas, visitors have an unimpeded view of the working and maturation cellars through large glass panels. Tastings are enjoyed amidst original works of art by acclaimed South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, after whom La Motte’s Pierneef Collection of premium wines is named.

Well-informed wine ambassadors are on hand to advise visitors about La Motte’s current vintages, theme tastings as well as older vintages that are available.

Pierneef à La Motte restaurant
The name of the restaurant was inspired by La Motte’s admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef  (1886 – 1957). Pierneef’s creativity in portraying the beauty of the South African landscape is echoed in the restaurant’s offering of traditional cuisine with a modern interpretation. The unique food styles and diverse flavours have been inspired by centuries of cooking, spiced by influences from across the globe, forming the precious ingredients of Cape Winelands Cuisine. 

A hardcover recipe book of the same title and with beautiful photography now shares these special recipes and their history. Cape Winelands Cuisine, the cookbook, is available from the La Motte Farm Shop and all leading bookshops.

Cape Winelands Cuisine
Dishes served in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant are based on recipes used and modified in the Cape Winelands over more than three centuries. The emphasis is on the first recipes brought to the Cape by European settlers during the 17th century.

Cape Winelands Cuisine Cookbook
The Cape Winelands, from the Constantia Valley to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Worcester and Tulbagh, hold the combined history of many different nationalities who, over the centuries, travelled to this most southern part of Africa to start a new life. As they adapted the recipes of their homeland to new surroundings and ingredients and shared their culinary skills with one another, a new cuisine was born. Cape Winelands Cuisine is the result of a culinary collaboration unique to this region.

Chef Chris Erasmus
La Motte’s Chef du Cuisine Chris Erasmus has a fascinating background, which began with him cooking at home for his family when growing up in the Karoo.  His mother taught him a variety of skills, from preserving jams, to butchering meat, to making jellies, biltong and tripe.

Chef's Table
Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant introduced its Chef’s Table for visitors requiring an intimate area for entertaining guests in a rather exclusive fashion. With an appealing glimpse of activities in the kitchen, the Chef’s Table is secluded from the traditional restaurant area, affording guests an atmosphere of privacy.

Winelands Tea
Celebrating a culture of hospitality and a heritage of passionate Cape cooks who were well-known for their pastries and confectionery, Pierneef à La Motte invites you to a beautifully presented Winelands Tea.

Food and Wine Tasting
Presented from a private room in the elegant La Motte Tasting Room, the Food and Wine Tasting pair five La Motte wines with five tastings of Pierneef à La Motte’s cuisine created by Chef Chris Erasmus.

Farm Shop
The flavour of fresh, farm-baked bread will lure visitors to this quaint country shop with its many charming take-home reminders of La Motte.

La Motte Museam
The La Motte Museum offers a stimulating cultural-historical experience, with displays depicting aspects of the Rupert family, focusing on Dr. Anton and Mrs. Huberte Rupert and the musical career of their daughter Hanneli Rupert. Also featured is the history of La Motte and its magnificently renovated buildings, with a brief review of Cape Dutch architecture, supported by photographs from that era.

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef: 13 August 1886 – 4 October 1957
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef was born in Pretoria in 1886. During 1900, Pierneef and his family moved to Holland, where works of old masters made a lasting impression on him.

On the family’s return to South Africa, Pierneef travelled the country extensively and his intimate knowledge of the Southern African landscape and architecture found expression in his work.

Music
Music is an inherent part of the culture at La Motte. It is largely inspired by La Motte’s owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, one of South Africa’s leading mezzo-sopranos and acclaimed Lieder recitalist, under her professional name Hanneli Rupert. Hanneli also oversees the Rupert Music Foundation which has provided continual support to symphonic orchestras and classical music in South Africa.

Classical Music Concerts
Inspired by La Motte’s owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, music lover and celebrated mezzo-soprano, monthly classical music concerts are presented in the beautiful La Motte historic cellar, where a sociable atmosphere enhances the finest performances.

Historic Walk
True to its principle of sharing its attributes, La Motte has introduced a conducted tour of the historic buildings on the estate. 

Organic Walk 
La Motte’s commitment to the Principles and Practices of Excellence in wine production and environmental sustenance is acknowledges by a host of accolades and awards. And now the focus is on sharing these principles with visitors to the Estate with the introduction of the La Motte Organic Walk. 

Hiking Trail
The Hiking Trail is a further expression of La Motte’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards and the protection of precious indigenous flora and fauna in the mountain area surrounding the estate and the adjoining Wemmershoek mountain range.

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