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A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef

In 2017, the La Motte Museum presented A Tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957). The exhibition celebrated the artist’s contribution to South African art and enhanced La Motte’s permanent heritage collection with selected artworks and personal artifacts from various collections in South Africa. The year 2017 was of special significance to...

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Art, wine & food – Hennie Meyer’s interpretation

As part of La Motte’s Art in Clay Exhibition, A Sense of…, artists were asked to interpret the estate’s award-winning food and wine pairing and come up with new dishes for the gourmet bites from the Pierneef à La Motte kitchen. Well-known ceramicist Hennie Meyer was intrigued by the 2016 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc and...

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Art, food and wine – the relationship reinterpreted

Passionate about the finer things in life, Franschhoek-based La Motte Wine Estate is presenting a creative and innovative interpretation involving food, wine and art to its participation in the annual Franschhoek Art in Clay festival. Part of the recently established Franschhoek Art Route, La Motte’s 2016 exhibition of Art in Clay is entitled, A Sense...

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Celebrating Art in Clay with A Sense of…

La Motte enjoys sharing its passion for art, wine and food and this year for the annual Franschhoek Art in Clay Festival, the estate stays true to this ethos with an inspirational exhibition entitled, A Sense of … This group exhibition in the La Motte Maturation Cellar features 20 local ceramicists, showcasing bespoke ceramic pieces...

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Mountainside hiking trail reopens to floral splendor

The La Motte Sustainable Hike has reopened, and after the winter’s rain, the mountain offers a splendour of indigenous flora and breathtaking vistas of the Franschhoek Valley. A further expression of La Motte’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards and the protection of precious indigenous flora and fauna in the mountain area surrounding...

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Seasonal Wine

We often tend to think of wines as being quite seasonal – white in summer and red in winter. But can a wine be better suited to one season than to another? What makes one wine more of a “summer wine” and another more of a “winter wine”? There is no simple formula for wines...

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The fragile beauty of the Blushing Bride

The Blushing Bride, a rare white or pink flower with silky, pointy petals, is somewhat of a legend in the Franschhoek Valley. The story goes that it was discovered in the surrounding mountains in 1773 and came by its romantic name from its use in a rather romantic tradition. A French Huguenot farmer who was...

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Intricate art – pictures on porcelain

Those who have visited Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant on the estate might have admired the ceramic chandeliers hanging gracefully from the ceiling. Some might have enjoyed La Motte’s Winelands Tea, presented in the intricately decorated tea service, while others might have noticed the themed bowls and other containers displayed in the La Motte Farm...

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Cultural Landscapes and Museums – International Museum Day Celebrations

“Museums are important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and the development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among people” (ICOM) While celebrating International Museum Day (18 May) with the theme Cultural Landscapes and Museums, the life and work of South African old master JH Pierneef (1886 – 1957) should be of special interest,...

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Autumn – a beautiful time to wander the Winelands

It feels like the Cape Winelands have jumped from Summer to Winter within a week and as if we have missed out completely on one of the most beautiful seasons, Autumn! But not to worry, sunshine and mellow temperatures are forecasted for next week and as one can slowly see the turn of the season...

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