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4 Unique Experiences to Unlock at this Franschhoek Wine Farm
An art exhibition of a master, an elegant extended lunch or a hike
La Motte Wine Estate, set on graceful grounds with its quality wines and artfully decorated eatery and museum, is one of the highlights of any Franschhoek visit. Learn about the rich history of this estate and the valley through its wines, food, art and hikes.
TAKE A SIP AT THE SYRAH OR VINIQUE WINE TASTING
La Motte’s tasting room leads off from the wine cellar, an elegant space, with a warm and friendly ambience. At the Vinoteque Tasting, a personalised tasting in a private room, wine ambassadors tell you about the history of La Motte wines in the context of the Franschhoek Valley and Cape wine region. You learn about bottle ageing, and what it is that makes the internationally celebrated La Motte Syrah so special.
You can also try the Current Vintage Tasting, which includes the estate’s award-winning Pierneef wines, or learn how to perfectly pair your dishes with wine at the Food and Wine Tastings on Fridays.
CUISINE INSPIRED BY OUR CULTURES
The menu at Pierneef à La Motte, the renowned restaurant with a sophisticated and elegant ambience, honours the culinary heritage of South Africa.
The ala carte menu, served Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 5pm, is perfected for extended lunches. It’s served in an elegant restaurant, with ceramic plate chandeliers inside, hugged by serene gardens
The shared starters “inspired by the traditional South African relishes and preserves that our grandmothers, oumas and gogos kept in their pantries” and are a variety of spreads, meats and salads. They come with condiments that you expect to find in your ouma’s pantry, like pickled preserves, chakalaka and chutneys. All mains come with wine recommendations, including interesting local and international wines.
GET A GUIDED TOUR OF THE PIERNEEF SONOP COLLECTION
The La Motte Museum is an attraction in its own right: you could spend hours here. A highlight is the permanent collection of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s work. Many of his well-known works are housed here, and 10 pieces originating from Pierneef’s Sonop collection, once displayed at Pretoria University’s Sonop men’s residence, have been added to the collection.
Pierneef was a master of South African landscapes and his exhibition includes personal memorabilia and works with special personal meaning.
Aside from the impressive permanent collection, the La Motte Museum hosts regular temporary exhibitions. The current show, Land Rewoven, features a body of work by Cape Town-based painter, sculptor, and filmmaker MJ Lourens.
You can arrange for a guided tour of the Pierneef exhibition as well as the MJ Lourens exhibition at La Motte’s museum, which opens between Tuesdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.
GO ON WEEKLY GUIDED HIKES THROUGH THE WEMMERSHOEK MOUNTAIN RANGE
Every Monday, La Motte hosts a guided hike, which takes in some of the incredible biodiversity of the Franschhoek Valley. Hikers will enjoy the abundant birdlife, a protea garden, sustainably farmed vineyards, a wealth of flora, resident mammals and reptiles, not to mention the spectacular views. The hike follows a circular route, starting and ending at the La Motte Tasting Room. It is five kilometres long but requires a fair degree of fitness. Hikers are led by a knowledgeable and passionate guide and will receive a hiking trail map, bottle of water, and light refreshments. A self-guided version of the hike is also [possible for those who prefer to explore at their own pace.
Explore the culinary heritage of South Africa at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant.
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See MJ Lourens and Pierneef cross borders at Land Rewoven at La Motte Museum.
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