In 1695 a piece of land in the Franschhoek Valley was granted to German immigrant, Hans Hendrik Hattingh. In 1709 the land was bought by La Motte’s first French Huguenot owner Pierre Joubert. The name originates from a village in Provence: La Motte d’Aigues. Viticulture on the farm was established in 1752 with the planting of 4,000 vines by Huguenot descendant, Gabriël du Toit.
La Motte was bought in 1970 by the late Dr Anton Rupert. It is one of three estates owned by the Rupert family. When Anton Rupert aquired the estate he initiated a major development, restoration and conservation programme and vineyards have been progressively replanted with noble varieties. The latest viticultural practices have been introduced and a modern cellar built.
La Motte is now owned by his daughter Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg. Formerly a mezzo-soprano, she is the inspiration behind La Motte’s programme of classical music which is presented in the historic La Motte cellar.
La Motte is home to a number of historic sites and provincial monuments, including the Manor House (c1751), Jonkershuis (c1752), the historic cellar (c1782) and the Water Mill (erected between 1752 and 1793) which is the only working water mill of its kind in the Franschhoek Valley, as well as a restored cattle post and a cemetery.
Environmental management is a high priority at La Motte and it is committed to biological farming principles as well as to protection of the fynbos on the adjoining Wemmershoek mountains.
Grapes for this Bordeaux blend originate from vineyards in the Walker Bay, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch areas Each vineyard has its own macroclimate and soil type. The different components are matured separately for 12 months in old 300 litre barrels.