A travel journal
to Franschhoek by MiriamMannak
Quote: In 1688 200 Huguenot families, French Protestants persecuted because of their religion, arrived in Cape Town. The VOC gave them land known as Olifants Hoek (Elephants Corner) due to the vast herds of elephants roaming the area. The name was soon changed in Franschhoek (French Corner).
Attraction | "Huguenot Memorial Museum & Monument"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2005
Huguenot Memorial Museum
PO Box 37
Franschhoek, South Africa 7690
+27 21 8762532
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.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2005
La Motte Wine Estate
Franschhoek, South Africa
Franschhoek is most known for its wine industry. The wine route counts some of the most exclusive wine estates. Like in Stellenbosch and Paarl, these wine estates are open for tastings and cellar tours. Again, some of the estates are closed on Sundays.
Just two of the cellars you can visit are la Motte and Boschendal. Have a tasting and book a cellar tour, where experts explain you exactly all the phases of the art of winemaking. So, if you want to relax, enjoy great food, and treat yourself to a great bottle of wine, Franschhoek is the place to be!
The best thing about wine tasting is that you, for a small fee, can taste the best wines of South Africa or even in the world. Some of the wines simply cost many, many dollars or Euros in the shop or in a restaurant.
Take note that most wine estates close earlier on Saturdays and are not open on Sundays due to religious reasons! So please check before you head out for that wonderful estate.
Cape Town, South Africa