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La Motte Estate

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Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

This estate is owned by a branch of the same Rupert family that owns L'Ormarins, and is a partner in Rupert & Rothschild, a vineyard closer to Paarl. There's a lot happening at this farm: try the Pierneef Experience (a guided tour of the estate's museum followed by a wine-and-cheese tasting) or take a hike along one of the farm's stunning trails. And then there's great wine tasting, food-and-wine pairings, and high tea; the Pierneef à La Motte restaurant on the estate is regularly voted one of the country's top 20. The farm also has a wonderful collection of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef's art; view his iconic landscapes in the gallery. But don't get too sidetracked—the wine is excellent as well. The Pierneef Collection is the farm's premium range, and the Shiraz Viognier blend is being snapped up for its whiffs of dark chocolate, smoked beef, black cherry, and blackberry. The estate's Sauvignon Blanc is also outstanding.

Sight Information

Address:

R45 (Main Rd.), Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690, South Africa

Phone:

021-876–8000

Website: www.la-motte.com

Sight Details:

  • Tastings R50, cellar tour and tasting R70
  • Restaurant, museum, and farm shop closed Mon.

Published 05/20/2009

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