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New programme of talks on aspects of history, culture and art

La Motte has always been committed to the preservation of our heritage, culture and art. To further this focus, a series of very interesting talks, tastings and guided walkabouts has been introduced. The upcoming programme includes:


Harvest-inspired bites based on traditional recipes make out part of the Harvest Tasting.


Tour, Taste and Talk the Harvest

Thursday, 19 February 2015, 18:00

La Motte invites guests to Tour, Taste and Talk the Harvest.

Viticulturist, Pietie le Roux will guide guests through the vineyards, sharing the wonderful ways of the vine as well as explaining the concept of biologic and sustainable farming.

Guests then join winemaker Edmund Terblanche on a cellar tour introducing the pressing process before tasting the award-winning La Motte’s Classic as well as Pierneef wine collections.

Well-known food historian, Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche will treat guests to a selection of harvest-inspired bites while sharing some of the history behind recipes with grapes and must.

TALK

R80

OPTIONAL CAPE WINELANDS DINNER

For guests attending talks, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will prepare a special Cape Winelands Cuisine menu. Cost is R250 p.p., including a glass of wine and admission to the talk.

When making a reservation, guests should please indicate whether they will be attending the dinner.


Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche and Chef Michelle Theron show the versatility of Sauvignon Blanc as a partner to food.


Sauvignon Blanc as Food Wine

Thursday, 26 March, 11:00 or 18:30

Regularly awarded for the quality of its food and wine offering, La Motte invites guests to join Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche and Chef Michelle Theron for a special tasting of Sauvignon Blanc – demonstrating its versatility as a partner on the dinner table.

First enjoy a tasting of 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from various areas – fresh from the tanks – then sit down to a tasting of older vintages of La Motte Sauvignon Blanc paired with examples of food types that demonstrates Sauvignon Blanc to be much more than an aperitif.

Join us for a Morning Session at 11:00 with optional Sauvignon Blanc-pairing lunch at 12:30

or

Evening Session at 18:30 with optional Sauvignon Blanc-pairing dinner at 20:00

TASTING

R80

TASTING WITH OPTIONAL CAPE WINELANDS DINNER

For guests attending the tasting, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will prepare a special Cape Winelands Cuisine menu paired with Sauvignon Blanc. Cost is R400 p.p., including admission to the talk. When making a reservation, guests must please indicate whether they will be attending the lunch or dinner.


During the Historic Walk, the Historic Water Mill on the estate can be seen in action.


Historic Walk

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 10:00

Join a conducted tour of the historic buildings on the estate presented by Professor Matilda Burden, respected for her expertise in the fields of South African culture and history. Starting at the La Motte Museum, the walk is preceded by a brief résumé of the history and heritage of the estate, after which the tour proceeds through La Motte’s rose garden and dwells at the four provincial heritage sites acknowledged as prime examples of 18th and 19th century Cape Dutch Architecture: The La Motte Manor House, The Jonkershuis, The La Motte Historic Cellar, The Water Mill.

A highlight of the Historic Walk is the milling of stone-ground flour by the oldest operating mill in the Franschhoek Valley and the walk is concluded by a tasting of bread baked from this flour in the Pierneef à La Motte kitchen as well as some of the estate’s award-winning wines.

TALK

R80

OPTIONAL CAPE WINELANDS TEA

Guests attending the walk are invited to a Winelands Tea. Cost is R250 p.p., including a glass of La Motte MCC and admission to the talk.


Literature as part of the La Motte Museum’s Helgaard Steyn exhibition includes Eilande by Dan Sleigh.


Development of the Early Cape

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 19:00 (Join us for a glass of wine form 18:30)

Based on his award-winning* novel, Eilande (translated into English as Islands), acknowledged novelist and historian Dr Dan Sleigh will present a talk on the development of the early Cape under the rule of the VOC (Dutch East India Company).As a former editor in the transcription department of the Cape Archives Dr Sleigh specialised in the first Dutch colonial period.

*Eilande was awarded with the prestigious Helgaard Steyn prize in 2004 and makes out part of the current contemporary exhibition of the Helgaard Steyn Award Winners in the La Motte Museum. It also won the Sanlam/Insig/Tafelberg novel competition and was awarded the W.A. Hofmeyr, RAU and M-Net Prizes.

TALK

R80

OPTIONAL CAPE WINELANDS DINNER

For guests attending the talk, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant will prepare a special Cape Winelands Cuisine menu. Cost is R250 p.p., including a glass of wine and admission to the talk.

When making a reservation, guests should please indicate whether they will be attending the dinner.


WHERE

La Motte Wine Estate, R45

Franschhoek Valley

RESERVATIONS

For reservations or more information, please contact Angela at +27 (0)21 876 8000 or email reception@la-motte.co.za


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