Franschhoek is all about wine. It might be the gourmet capital of South Africa, but ultimately, these are the Cape Winelands and it’s wine that made Franschhoek the destination it is today. So naturally, I had to post something about a wine farm. I decided on La Motte, not because it’s Hannelie Rupert (daughter of the renowned South African business man, Anton Rupert) who owns the farm, but because it offers so much. You can literally spend half a day here.
The tasting room came first. I tasted about seven different wines, and at some point a large tour group of Asians arrived and half of their party decided to take a nap on the couches. This might be proof that the seats are particularly comfortable, but mostly I found it to be my own, personal entertainment. The wines are delicious, by the way.
Then came the restaurant. Although I didn’t eat, the cappuccino’s proved very tasty and the interior is quite pretty, with Pierneef prints on the back of some of the chairs and broken pieces of china making up the chandeliers.
After this, I visited the farm shop. It sells everything. From linen, to water bottles, to preserves, to flour, to blind wine tasting kits, to cake and sweet treats, and even the entire La Motte wine range. They also have beautifully fresh proteas on sale.
And finally, the art gallery. Because Anton Rupert likes Pierneef so much, he purchased an entire collection of his work and named some of the wines after the artist. Outside the gallery, there’s a large lawn with the remains of an old ox wagon and one of those oversized chess sets.
Suddenly I realised that three hours have passed.
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