Cape Town, South Africa
November 29, 2005
La Motte wine farm in Franschhoek is definitely one of my favourite wine estates. The surroundings are beautiful, just like the estate itself. And the wines are absolutely great. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was the tasting room. The room where you get to taste five different wines for R15 (±2 euro) is quite cold, distant, and too formal. One does not get too much explanation and information about the wines you taste, which is a true downside. Luckily, the fantastic wines sort of make it up for that.
La Motte’s heritage goes back to 1695 and was once, during a short period of time, owned by colonialist and diamond baron Sir Cecil John Rhodes.
Another reason why I am quite fond of La Motte is the fact that they contribute to local communities, which is necessary since the majority of South Africa is poorer than poor. La Motte’s takes care of the people who work on the farm by, for instance, providing housing for the workers. Many members of the 20 families living on the farm were born there.
During the day, while parents are at work on the farm, their children are being taken care of in La Motte’s day-care centre, where they receive balanced meals and are taught a prescribed syllabus.
So, if you are around, please pay a visit to La Motte.
From journal Franschhoek - "Un petit peux de France" in the Cape Winelands