We are delighted that, for the second year in succession, we have been selected as South Africa’s Best of Wine Tourism Champion. The 2013 winner of this annual competition was announced on 8 November in Florence, Italy by the Great Wine Capitals (GWC), a network of the world’s leading wine-producing countries that share international best practice to advance standards in wine tourism across the world.
“We feel blessed, thankful and very excited about being recognised for our passionate efforts to enhance our tourism offering. Wine Tourism is so important for the social and economic well-being of our community and we are very proud to have a part to play”, says Hein Koegelenberg.
La Motte, as South Africa’s national winner, joins the illustrious ranks of some of the world’s most famous wine producers, including: France’s Maison des Vins de Cadillac, a leading Bordeaux winery run from an 18th century manor house near the canton of Cadillac; Wasems Kloster Engelthal, a former Cistercian monastery in Rheinhessen, Germany, dating back eight centuries; Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel, one of the oldest estates in the Douro Valley of Portugal, run by the same family for almost 400 years; Spain’s Hotel-Bodega Finca de los Arandinos, close to Bilbao; Italy’s Fattoria Lavacchio, run as an organic operation in Tuscany; Entre Cielos Luxury Wine Hotel & Spa in the foothills of the Andes Cordillera of Argentina; the organically farmed Long Meadow Ranch, nestled in the Mayacama Mountains of the Napa Valley, US; and Renowned Yealands Estate in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand, a carbon-zero winery that has been one of the world leaders in sustainable farming.
La Motte’s win was based on its overall performance, taking first place in the Sustainable Wine Tourism category and second in both the Arts and Culture and the Wine Tourism Services categories. Read more about the La Motte Tourism Experience.