Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines. But La Motte is niot only kown for its wines, it has an outside tearoom set between the vineyard and mountains, the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with my family.
This age-old wine farm which dates back to 1695 was fairly recently revamped in 2010. In addition to the idyllic courtyard that we entered through there is now a new tasting centre, the much-touted Pierneef à La Motte restaurant, the La Motte Museum and a farm store that features everything from freshly baked artisan bread to a range of body products made from essential oils harvested on the property.
La Motte now offers a warm and welcoming place to wine, dine, shop and learn. The ambience is at once inviting and friendly.
The Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant’s – name was inspired by La Motte’s admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957). Pierneef’s creativity in portraying the beauty of the South African landscape is depicted by the restaurant’s creativity in offering traditional cuisine with a modern interpretation.
The restaurant interior blends beautifully with the external surroundings – a fresh, natural look inside is embraced by tranquil gardens and majestic oak trees.
As it turns out, art, like food and wine, is a passion of La Motte. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the estate looks to share this interest with visitors by inviting them to wander through the halls of the La Motte Museum. The building houses 44 of Pierneef’s paintings as well as many of his sentimental personal belongings, like easels and brushes. A selection of contemporary art by other distinguished South African artists can also be viewed here.
As it turns out, the whole estate adheres to biological farming practices, and as a result, the bird life on La Motte is thriving, both rare flower species and indigenous plants have blossomed on the property’s hillside and an on-site garden lush with micro-herbs and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables has come to fruition.
The natural beauty of La Motte is intoxicating.