As much as there has been a dedication to producing top quality wine at La Motte since its acquisition by Dr. Rupert in 1970, the estate has also shown a distinct responsibility towards uplifting and empowering its people.
These values have been passed on to present-day owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the estate. Initiatives for development and self-sufficiency have been established and La Motte has become a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).
La Motte, in co-operation with other Rupert family farms, developed a modern village, Dennegeur, for its
workers a short distance from La Motte in the town of Franschhoek.
La Motte has reiterated its commitment to improving the quality of life of employees. Facilities such as a health
clinic managed by a resident nursing sister, a crèche for employees’ children and training facilities adhering to
the principles of Specialised Education and Training in Agriculture (SETA) are available to all workers. Key to
Dennegeur is the transfer of home ownership to farm workers.
In recognition of its human ethics and the working conditions of employees, La Motte was awarded
accreditation by the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA).