La Motte’s new programme of talks on aspects of history, culture and art

La Motte has always been committed to the preservation of our heritage, culture and art. To further this focus, a series of very interesting talks and tastings has been introduced. The upcoming programme includes:

An Evening of Vintage Wine & Venison

Thursday, 20 August 2015, 18:30

Join La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche and Chef de Cuisine Michelle Theron for a five-course dinner of venison dishes, beautifully paired with exclusive older vintages from the La Motte Vinoteque. Sharing La Motte’s passion for regional cuisine and cultural heritage, Professor Johann Kirsten, mastermind behind the legal protection and certification for Karoo Lamb as well as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, will present a talk on the evening, focusing on the importance and conservation of regional food as part of our cultural and food heritage.

Cost: R490 per person

A Tradition of Hospitality

Saturday, 19 September 2015, 10:00

Capetonians are known for their hospitality and have been since Jan van Riebeeck’s time, as travellers enthused about in journals and letters. Guests were always welcome, with the coffee or bossie tea (honey or rooibos) bubbling constantly on the warmer. Food historian, Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche shares more interesting facts on the tradition of Old Cape hospitality at the hand of Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant’s beautiful Winelands Tea.

Cost: R230 per person


Thursday, 8 October 2015, 19:00 (Join us for a glass of wine from 18:30)

Please note this talk will be presented in Afrikaans.

Kenner op die gebied van Suid-Afrikaanse kultuurgeskiedenis, professor Matilda Burden bied haar gewilde praatjie aan wat fokus op navorsing oor die Afrikaanse volksliedjie. Interessante aspekte word ondersoek, soos die pretensieloosheid en woordvaardigheid van die volksmens soos dit na vore kom in Afrikaanse volksliedjies, asook die humor wat daaruit spreek. Daar word ook gekyk na die funksie en die vorm van die volksliedjie – het die liriek van die volkslied ook ‘n bepaalde vorm soos formele poësie? Professor Burden sing self sommige van die liedjies en ander word saam met bekende sanger Pieter van der Westhuizen uitgevoer met kitaarbegeleiding.

Cost: Talk R80, Talk with optional Cape Winelands Dinner: R250

Fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 19:00 (Join us for a glass of wine from 18:30)

As part of its annual participation in the Franschhoek Art in Clay Festival, La Motte will this year exhibit ceramic sets by invited ceramicists who drew inspiration from the flora and fynbos of the Franschhoek mountains. View the exhibition in La Motte’s maturation cellar and attend a talk by Cherise Viljoen, senior Horticulturist at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, sharing her insights and enthusiasm for fynbos in the Cape Floral Kingdom with specific reference to the flora portrayed in the ceramic exhibition.

Cost: Talk R80, Talk with optional Cape Winelands Dinner: R250

Arrangements about talks

Where: La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek Valley

Optional dinner: For guests attending the talk on Volksliedjies or Fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will prepare a special Cape Winelands Cuisine menu. When making a reservation, guests must please indicate whether they will be attending the dinner.

Reservations: For reservations or more information, please contact Angela at +27 (0)21 876 8000 or email

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