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Stollen & Straw Wine

Each country has its Christmas culture and while our summer Christmas is not always kind to wintery European traditions, trying a traditional German Christollen (or Christmas Stollen) with a glass of well-chilled La Motte Straw Wine, can easily be incorporated into festivities this year. Serve it as an alternative dessert or after-dinner surprise. We were inspired by...

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Sparkling wine - more than words can say

The wine world is full of foreign terminology, but there is no reason for anyone to be intimidated by words such as méthode champenoise, pupitre, sur lies, tirage, muselet... Why? Because we have google and smart phones! It is very easy to quickly get a word's meaning and pronunciation. Rather than being intimidated, why not enjoy the romance and mystique of wine...

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Chicken with Green Sauce

From our Cape Winelands Cuisine cookbook, page 95 This recipe was inspired by Thomas van der Noot’s recipe (1510) for chicken with “green sauce”. A similar recipe also appears in another Dutch cookbook from the same century, titles Wel ende delike spijse. The basis of Van der Noot’s sauce is chicken stock flavoured with ground...

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La Motte Wine Estate recognised as Wine Tourism Destination of the Year

Celebrating International Tourism Day on 27 September in style, the Cape Winelands District Municipality last night announced the winners in its annual Mayoral Tourism Awards. La Motte Wine Estate in the Franschhoek Valley was recognized as the winner in the category for Tourism Destination of the Year. “We are honoured to receive acknowledgement from our...

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Winning Wines

Repeating the exceptional performance of previous years, La Motte's soon to be released 2016 Pierneef Syrah Viognier has performed exceptionally well in 2018 with the following awards: China Wine & Spirits Awards - Gold Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge - Gold Top 100 Wines of South Africa SA Wine Index - 100 points National Wine Challenge -...

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Introducing a Garden Menu for Summer

Welcoming guests to its culture of sharing, Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant introduces a brand new addition to the estate's offering. The seasonal Garden Menu invites guest to enjoy a more relaxed dining experience under La Motte's majestic oak trees during warmer weather, from October to Easter. Relish the calm garden ambience, enjoy a glass of wine and...

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A New Taste of Heritage

"We are passionate about our heritage and in keeping with the international trend, the focus at Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant has always been on heritage cuisine and an authentic food experience. It is, however, time for a fresh interpretation and Chef Eric Bulpitt's creativity and bold authenticity will introduce traditional cuisine to guests in a...

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Reliable, versatile, accessible – 2016 La Motte Millennium

La Motte’s Millennium is a trusted choice when it comes to South African red wines and one of the first successful Bordeaux-style blends made in this country. La Motte has now released the 2016 edition of the La Motte Millennium consisting of Merlot (51%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Petit Verdot (9%) and Malbec (10%). Grapes originate...

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And they lived happily ever after...

"Two herbs are madly in love with Cabernet Sauvignon: Rosemary and Thyme."  This quote by South African food and wine guru, Katinka van Niekerk, would make for a good intro to a film, featuring a dignified Cabernet Sauvignon, the strong silent type, and two determined herbs fighting for his hand, both bringing flavour and fragrance to the story. But the romance...

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A celebration of the season – 2018 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc released

Thanks to the dry season and the complexity contributed by three months lees contact as well as the addition of 10% Semillon, the 2018 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc has a sumptuous, full palate. While its refreshing character supports Sauvignon Blanc’s popularity as an aperitif-style wine, the intricacy of this vintage, brings sophistication and ensures versatility....

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