Keep it in the family - La Motte releases 2024 Sauvignon Blanc and 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Mushrooms for Africa!

With a focus on sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, foraging or “hunting” for ingredients has become increasingly popular under chefs and their culinary following and with winter in the Cape Winelands, it is now the time to collect wild mushrooms. Today, harvesting wild mushrooms is not a well-known concept in South Africa. We have all...

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Cheese Tart and Chardonnay

Try this recipe for a savoury cheese tart from our Cape Winelands Cuisine cookbook. (P. 213) Cheese tart Recipe Serves: 4 This recipe doesn’t contain sugar, but the cheesecake can be served with preserved maketane, green figs or a liberal drizzling of honey on top. Even berries will be a good accompaniment. Ingredients Butter, for...

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A Terroir of Tradition

“… “terroir” is a French term originally used for wine and coffee to denote the special characteristics that geography bestowed upon these products. It can be very loosely translated as “a sense of place” which is embodied in certain qualities, and the sum of the effects that the local environment (especially the “soil”) has had...

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Game Pie Recipe for a Wintery Weekend

On 1 August we are presenting an evening of Vintage Wine & Venison with La Motte Cellar Master Edmund Terblanche and Pierneef à La Motte’s Chef Chris Erasmus. Edmund will give insights into the maturation of wine, as well as how and why they pair with the specific dishes, while Chef Chris will explain his...

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More information and reservation details

The Guided Hike takes place on Monday mornings at 08:00. R100 per person and includes a hiking trail map, water and light refreshments. Prior reservation is essential: +27 (0)21 876 8820 or tasting@la-motte.co.za Self-guided hikes can be experiences from Monday to Saturday. The route opens at 09:00 with the last entry at 14:00. R50 per...

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Bastille Festival at La Motte

Bastille Day or the French La Fête Nationale is celebrated on the 14th of July and serves as a celebration of a reunited France. In Franschhoek with its rich French Huguenot history, French traditions have always been treasured and that is why each year we celebrate Bastille Day with a special festival. This year marks...

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James Vos, Member of Parliament, Shadow Minister of Tourism, 19 March 2015

“La Motte, congratulations on receiving the Cape Winelands Mayoral Tourism Award. The judges were right. Your products embody the best of wineries and art. Your contributions and innovative ideas have lifted the tourism industry to new heights. This award recognizes that much of our success is directly attributable to your efforts. You have a bright...

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The Romance of Shiraz

La Motte has a keen appreciation of history and heritage – especially when it comes to wine. No surprise then, with its interesting and debated origin, Shiraz has become a focus point for the estate. Through the years legends about the origins of Shiraz, or Syrah as it is often called, have abounded. There was...

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Winter Warming Game Neck Potjie

The original way of cooking at the Cape in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is today called ‘slow food’. The development of the Slow Food Movement is a rebellion against modern fast food and promotes, among other things, respect for nature, food, the farmer who produces the food, and the protection of cultural traditions. Ingredients...

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Winter-warming Cape Winelands Cuisine Corn and Basil Soup Recipe

This is an old soup recipe, but it certainly would not seem out of place in any modern cookbook. The original recipe doesn’t specify the herbs to be used and only refers to a ‘bunch of herbs’. In this recipe we prefer to use basil, but you can replace it with herbs of your choice....

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