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La Motte

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Reviewed by Johan Burger - 31 March 2013 at 07:36
Casual Winefly - 24 farms visited and 24 reviewed.

Great wine, Gert experience! Customer experience of personnel laudable!

Reviewed by Paddii Mbudzi - 30 January 2013 at 20:31
Casual Winefly - 6 farms visited and 7 reviewed.

What a place! No expense spared here but worth it, in my opinion. We liked the shared tasting and were impressed with the knowledge of the staff and the lay out of the tasting room. Somehow a bottle of the Millenium made the journey home with us…

Reviewed by Vernon Versfeld - 4 December 2011 at 15:35
Firefly - 208 farms visited and 35 reviewed.

This is the first winery where I’ve seen the concept of ‘shared tasting’ which is essentially a full tasting, but shared between two people. Portions were ample for two to taste and the best part is that the cost is also shared … :-). Great innovation, I thought. An upmarket winery with a modern tasting room. Visitors are encouraged to wander through the barrel cellar which houses private tasting rooms inside. Tasting was well managed by very attentive, well trained (CWA courses et al!) and friendly staff. Would love to do the recently opened 5km hike. Note there is a R50 entry fee for this if you are thinking of doing the walk.

Reviewed by Daniël Maree - 6 November 2011 at 19:49
Casual Winefly - 31 farms visited and 30 reviewed.

Bit commercial for my liking, but an excellent venue and they’re not shy with the portions you get to taste of their pretty decent wine range

Reviewed by Christine Andrews - 9 May 2011 at 13:41
Discoverer Winefly - 48 farms visited and 49 reviewed.

Loved this winery. Was a great experience. The service was nice, wine was lovely and I agree that the Pierneef Shiraz Viognier was very nice. I look forward to going back for a lunch. In the next week I will put up my review on my wine blog. Be sure to check it out on:

Reviewed by Cheryce Hall - 18 February 2011 at 12:17
Casual Winefly - 33 farms visited and 30 reviewed.

Very nice farm, good service, fantastic wine. I bought the Pierneef Shiraz Viognier for R189 but believe it’s worth every cent! Can’t wait to open it for that very special occasion!

Reviewed by Christie Hepke - 15 February 2011 at 16:05
Casual Winefly - 33 farms visited and 26 reviewed.

Very nice tasting room! A bit uptight for my taste but well informed and friendly staff none the less. Good wines but a bit pricey. There is a beautiful restaurant under the trees that I would love to visit some day!

Reviewed by Meggan Siebritz - 8 February 2011 at 12:37
Casual Winefly - 7 farms visited and 5 reviewed.

Absolutely stunning tasting room, fabulous wines & amazingly good service. The staff are friendly & very knowledgable. Loved every moment of my visit there.

Reviewed by Alex McFarlane - 4 January 2011 at 13:57
Casual Winefly - 6 farms visited and 6 reviewed.

Love the Pierneef range! Looks a bit clinical from afar but well informed warm and friendly staff :)

Reviewed by Kyle Smith - 23 December 2010 at 16:04
Casual Winefly - 22 farms visited and 19 reviewed.

Lovely wine tasting venue! Wines are a tad pricey but of no doubt good value. Restaurant has excellent service and the food is of a high quality.

Reviewed by Cobus Coetzee - 20 September 2010 at 15:06
Explorer Winefly - 137 farms visited and 92 reviewed.


Reviewed by Jacques Weidemann - 6 September 2010 at 20:55
Firefly - 196 farms visited and 146 reviewed.

Nothing was held back when this place was built. It oozes with class and the wines back up the statement thereof. My favourite wines are the rhone varietals, all of them….millennium not bad either

Reviewed by Diana Procter - 18 July 2010 at 14:01
Super Fly - 275 farms visited and 175 reviewed.

Beautiful tasting room which is run like a top-end hospitality establishment with well-trained staff. The wines are good across the board, if a little pricey. Love the Millenium Bordeaux blend and all of the Pierneef range.

Reviewed by Jan Langenhoven - 17 July 2010 at 21:22
Super Fly - 261 farms visited and 200 reviewed.

Very good tasting . Staff wel trained and run like a well oiled machine. What a great tasting venue.Money is not a problem here. Where have you seen a lift in a cellar.

Reviewed by Maggie Mostert - 16 May 2010 at 20:47
Firefly - 222 farms visited and 197 reviewed.

One should be 100% sober when visiting the farm to appreciate the vast array of wines on sale. Good service although a tad slow and clearly rehearsed. Wines are quite expensive…seems worth it though.

Reviewed by David Read - 17 April 2010 at 09:00
Casual Winefly - 47 farms visited and 7 reviewed.

Budget a fair amount of time when you visit La Motte since it is a place where you can get stuck. Elegant tasting room, with couches where you can taste all of their fantastic wines. The entire Pierneef Collection is outstanding but if you’re on a budget watch out for the Classic collection Sauv Blanc and Shiraz.

Reviewed by Hennie Coetzee - 19 March 2010 at 21:57
Super Fly - 255 farms visited and 188 reviewed.

Fantastic new tasting facility. Majority of the wines awesome. Love the Pierneef collection. Tasting room attendant was a bit short on wine knowledge, but I forgave him and just enjoyed the wine.

Reviewed by Carla Swanson - 10 January 2010 at 17:45
Discoverer Winefly - 51 farms visited and 54 reviewed.

Alhoewel ek nog nie die nuwe proelokaal besigtig het nie, kan ek wel sê dat Hanneli Koegelenberg (neé Rupert) se plaas glad nie tiperend van Franschhoek is nie. Die personeel is plat op die aarde, die kunswerke is besonders, en die plaas se inisiatiewe bekoor – van blomolies tot by opheffingswerk en organiese druiwe. Die wyne self is defnitief iets om oor huis toe te skryf – veral as jy ‘n rooiwynliefhebber is. Skink dit en geniet dit!

Reviewed by Henniel Smit - 4 January 2010 at 12:28
Novice Winefly - 1 farms visited and 1 reviewed.

An amazing transformation into one of the most exceptional and exciting tasting rooms in the Winelands – well done La Motte!

Reviewed by Brett Garner - 1 January 2010 at 07:47
Casual Winefly - 9 farms visited and 10 reviewed.

This is sure to become a Franschhoek flagship venue. The tasting area is impressive but not brash, clean but not sterile and opulent without being ostentatious. It’s a smart place to relax.
Great wines in general; spend a little extra and try those listed on the reverse of the wine list. Service was good and the staff very friendly. The tray with (proper) glassware, napkin, water and bread all add to the experience.

Reviewed by Madame de Wyn - 8 December 2009 at 10:21
Lord of the Flies - 369 farms visited and 468 reviewed.

Wow! BIG improvement on the tasting room. Money well spend! The place makes you feel like a rich bitch and I just LOVE it! Elegant, sophisticated and drop dead gorgeous.

Reviewed by Martin Oordt - 5 December 2009 at 17:26
Explorer Winefly - 113 farms visited and 106 reviewed.

Of all the ‘fancy’ places I’ve been in our beautiful winelands, this one rates in the top three. Don’t get me wrong, the smaller rustic/ethnic farms are still preferred but when it comes to spending those Investor Millions, La Motte shines as it takes both the classic and modern and forges a marriage of esthetic excellence. This is where over-the-top come to be almost royal. There’s still construction going on outside, but when finished, it promises to be one of SA’s best.

We seated ourselves after a long day of wine tasting in the lounge which is part of a massive, open space and where you can look into the spacious cellar where the barrels are kept or through the glass panels stretching to the roof, into the fermentation room with its impressive tanks (with its own elevator) – amazing.

As I mentioned, this was one of the last stops for the day, so I could not recall the wines. But the service, literally silver-plate service, was out of this world and I will definitely return once the farm is completely finished, and a sober state of mind allows me to enjoy their offerings. For now, I’ll get my bottle of La Motte Merlot from Woolies and reminisce of a time where toilet paper is branded and service excels.

Reviewed by Mark Pryce - 5 November 2009 at 10:04
Discoverer Winefly - 71 farms visited and 68 reviewed.

Excellent wines and nice tasting room

Reviewed by Francois Malan - 31 October 2009 at 14:11
Discoverer Winefly - 63 farms visited and 10 reviewed.

This institute is a must visit when in Franschhoek. The Shiraz is excellent

Reviewed by Benjamin Foster - 8 September 2009 at 21:11
Discoverer Winefly - 64 farms visited and 29 reviewed.

Really lovely atmosphere, beautiful buildings and a great tasting experience.

Reviewed by Nicola Mansfield-Scaddan - 5 September 2009 at 22:09
Casual Winefly - 7 farms visited and 7 reviewed.

Very professional and swift wine tasting, but slightly lacking the personal touch.

Reviewed by Madame de Wyn - 25 April 2009 at 15:24
Lord of the Flies - 369 farms visited and 468 reviewed.

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, La Motte has that real wine estate feel to it. With old white buildings and beautiful surroundings they have a winning combination here.

The tasting room itself was a bit stiff, but our host Angela Williams, made us feel at home. The wine was good and not as pricey as I thought it would be. I will absolutely be back to buy some more Shiraz.

There is obviously no shortage of money here, because they are building a new tasting room and Restaurant at La Motte. I’m looking forward to re-visit them in July to see what it looks like.

Reviewed by Roberto De Wyn - 30 January 2009 at 14:23
Casual Winefly - 0 farms visited and 302 reviewed.

This estate which forms part of the stable of wine farms owned by the illustrious Rupert family, is as can be expected from a Rupert farm brilliant very professional tasting, and very well priced wines. the tasting room is currently on in a temporary setting. But even though it is a large and beautiful old Cape Dutch/ French Huguenot manor house with art work and old barrels. True to its roots the farm produces some awesome French wines and hopefully the main tasting room will be finished soon!…Can wait!


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