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Stinging Nettles to keep you warm!

Legend has it that Roman soldiers brought stinging nettles to Britain as they used the plants for “urtification”. That is, they beat themselves with the herb to encourage surface blood circulation in an effort to keep warm in England’s cold and damp climate. It is really cold in the Winelands this week, but luckily we...

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King's Bread Soup Recipe

If you are short on time, grill a fillet but if you would like to spend some time in the kitchen, try this traditional Cape recipe for King’s Bread Soup. It is rich and hearty, but makes for an elegant combination with the 2017 La Motte Millennium. KING’S BREAD SOUP Ingredients 700 g beef shin or...

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Classical Music Concert: Sarita Uranovsky (violin) and Tertia Visser-Downie (piano)

Currently pursuing a concert and teaching career in the United States of America, Sarita Uranovsky, a native of Cape Town, began playing the violin at age 7. Since her debut at the age of 15, she has appeared as soloist with various orchestras across the globe and in recital on stages worldwide. Ms Uranovsky has...

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Warming up the Winelands with a traditional Cape Brandy Tart

What better way to warm up a cold and wet Wednesday in the Winelands, than a traditional Cape Brandy Tart? This recipe is part of the collection of well-researched recipes in our Cape Winelands Cuisine Cookbook, sharing the history of food and the traditional ways of cooking with beautiful photography and recipes adjusted for the...

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Rampart Violet by Karel Nel from The Cape Town Triennials exhibition

One of the works that forms part of the exhibition of Cape Town Triennials in the La Motte Museum, is Rampart Violet by Karel Nel. Rampart Violet by Karel Nel Karel Anthony Nel was born in 1955 in Pietermaritzburg. He studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and in London.He is a graphic artist and...

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Celebrating Pierneef’s birthday with wine, food and art

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef was born in Pretoria on this day (13 August) in 1886. Honoured as one of South Africa’s greatest and most famous landscape artists, he is recognised as the master interpreter of the South African landscape and it was in this field that he gained the most fame. At La Motte we have...

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2010 Pierneef Shiraz Viognier Released

The traditional home of the Shiraz (or Syrah as it is known in France) and Viognier blend is in the northern region of the Rhône Valley, called Côte-Rôtie. This blend can however also be found in other areas and in new world wine countries, such as Australia, the USA and South Africa. The birth of...

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Cooking with venison – tips from Chef Chris Erasmus

At our Vintage Wine and Venison evening, Chef Chris showed that Venison is so much more than only biltong. The menu for the evening included braised Kudu shank consommé with root vegetables, Cape Winelands Impala curry with pomme puree and a berry roasted Wildebeest loin with pomegranate glazed red cabbage, honey roasted sweet potato and...

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Pierneef à La Motte introduces mouth-watering, warming winter menu

With a focus on sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, foraging or “hunting” for ingredients has become increasingly popular under chefs and their culinary following. With winter in the Cape Winelands, it is now the time to collect wild mushrooms. Today, harvesting wild mushrooms is not a well-known concept in South Africa. We have all seen...

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Bobotie – Perfect for a Cape Winelands Winter

The oldest known bobotie (curried minced meal) recipe originated with Apicius, who cooked for the wealthy during the reign of the Roman Empire. This sweet-and-sour dish was baked with the characteristic egg custard on the top and meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices were added to the recipe. The first bobotie made at the...

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