To celebrate the wonder of harvesting wine grapes, La Motte has introduced a Harvest Tasting which will introduce guests to all facets of this special time in the Winelands.
Join us for a Harvest Tour and Tasting from Tuesday to Friday, from 4 February and while the harvest is underway and do not miss the special Tour, Taste and Talk Harvest evening on Thursday, 20 February.
On day visits, guests will start in the vineyard tasting the ripening grapes while a well-informed Wine Ambassador introduces the various varietals and explains the harvest practices and biological farming methods.
From the Vineyards, guests will walk through the cellar to experience the harvesting process first hand – the hand-sorting of grapes, crush, pump-overs and other activities that take place in the cellar – ending with a tasting of grape must (fermenting grape juice) from a tank.
After this experience, guests are welcomed to the tasting room for a tasting of La Motte’s award-winning wines and other harvest delights, including:
- Five wines from the La Motte Collection
- Two wines from the Pierneef Collection
- Mosbolletjies (the traditional South African sweet bun made from the yeast of partially fermented grape juice)
- Must syrup (probably the first form of jam made by men – a reduction of the sweet grape must or partially fermented grape juice)
- Something Savoury – a Cape Winelands Cuisine inspired rice dumpling with pulled soutribbetjie (salted lamb’s rib)and fresh grapes
- Something Sweet – a Grape pinwheels with must syrup frosting
Tastings cost R70, takes just more than an hour and will be available hourly from Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10:00 to 15:00 for the duration of the harvest – from Tuesday, 4 February until Thursday 17, April (depending on the harvest).
Pierneef à La Motte restaurant also participates in the celebration of harvest with harvest-inspired menu items while the La Motte Farm Shop offers an array of decadent confectionery and breads baked with grapes or must.
For more information or reservations, please call Werner in the Tasting Room at +27 (0)21 876 8820.
An Evening to Tour, Taste and Talk the Harvest
Join us on Thursday, 20 February, for a special edition of the Harvest Tasting.
La Motte’s viticulturist, Pietie le Roux will guide guests through the vineyards, sharing the wonderful ways of the vine as well as explaining the concept of our sustainable farming practices.
Guests then join winemaker Edmund Terblanche on a short cellar tour introducing them to pressing process before hosting them to a tasting of La Motte’s award-winning Classic as well as Pierneef 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.
Optional to the above, guests are invited to book for dinner at Pierneef à La Motte restaurant for a special harvest-inspired menu. Choose a meal from this special Cape Winelands Cuisine menu and enjoy with a glass of wine. Please ensure to mention whether dinner is required when making the reservation.
Talk with special dinner: R240
Reservations are essential.
To make a reservation and for more information, please contact Angela, at:
T +27 (0)21 876 8000
For more information on La Motte, please visit www.la-motte.com or call us at +27 (0)21 876 8000.